12/05/2005 - Kansas City, Mo. - If it's December, and it was. If it was Arrowhead Stadium, and it was. Then there are no ifs. The Kansas City Chiefs win. The Denver Broncos may have put out all the stops, calling reverses and screens and Bradlee specials. But when it mattered most, win or else, the Broncos were nowhere near able to stop the hungry Chiefs. In a wildly exciting, hard-fought, back-and-forth game, the desperate Chiefs managed to defeat the suddenly secondary suspect Broncos 31-27 on a chilly December Sunday before a bundled 78,261 at Arrowhead. So what else is new? The win was the 17th in a row by the Chiefs in December home games. The Broncos were the victims for the fourth time in that streak, which started in 1997. This time the Broncos flew home believing they were defeated not by the Chiefs but by themselves.
Chilling reminder - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
December 5, 2005 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With the stretch drive officially on, it's Desperation 1, Broncos 0. And with their postseason fate staring them squarely between the eyes, the Kansas City Chiefs used passion and a bruising running game to extend the Denver Broncos' December miseries in Arrowhead Stadium with a 31-27 victory. "They had their playoff lives on the line and played like it," Broncos safety John Lynch said. Said Kansas City quarterback Trent Green: "It keeps us alive in the big picture." That big picture shows the Broncos are 9-3, still leading the AFC West but just one game ahead of the 8-4 Chiefs and San Diego Chargers. The big picture also shows that in a cold-weather, late-season, push-and-shove game in one of the most difficult environments in the league, the Broncos couldn't slug it out enough to get a win.
December replay in Kansas City - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 5, 2005 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The official's spot said that Mike Anderson made it by the nose of the football. "I felt like I had it," Anderson said. "Maybe I should have got an extra yard or two, just so there wouldn't have been any question. It would have left no reasonable doubt." The replay jury provided the officials with a different verdict of Sunday's make-or-break play — Denver's fourth-and-1 at its own 47 with 2:11 remaining and Kansas City clinging to a four-point lead.
KC stuffs Denver, stays alive - Kansas City Star - Elizabeth Merrill
Mon, Dec. 05, 2005 - The red flag hit the brown field, and that, in Kansas City, usually means nothing. Five times before Sunday, coach Dick Vermeil challenged a call. Five times, the referees said nice try. "Sometimes they make a mistake and don't go along with me," Vermeil said with a sly grin. "Well, you know something? What do you have to lose?" On Sunday, with everything for the Chiefs to lose — the game, their playoff hopes, the AFC West — the flag sailed into the frozen night air, and Vermeil finally won. The Chiefs stuffed Mike Anderson on fourth and 1, the replays proved it, and Kansas City survived for a 31-27 win on a wild, frigid night when nobody was leaving Arrowhead Stadium.
Plummer's decision making hurts Broncos - Mercury News - Milo F. Bryant
Sun, Dec. 04, 2005 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jake Plummer is back. The real Denver Broncos quarterback, apparently on hiatus for much of the season, made his return Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Sunday's version of Plummer, in the style those in Broncosland have come to know too well, made a couple of lousy decisions that led to a 31-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Welcome back Mr. Plummer. Welcome back trepidation for the legions of Broncos followers. Nobody questions Plummer's athletic ability, arm strength and, much of the time, his accuracy. With Plummer, it's his decision making. On second and goal at the Chiefs' 4-yard line, Plummer rolled out to his right. He could have run and possibly scored. Instead, he threw a pass across his body, to the left, that Chiefs cornerback Patrick Surtain intercepted.
Series of Frustrating Moments Add Up to Bitter 31-27 Defeat - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, December 5, 2005 - One could blame the Broncos' 31-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on the fourth-and-1 run by Mike Anderson that fell short of the first-down marker with 2:01 left and ended the Broncos' hopes of a game-winning drive. Or one could lay blame at the foot of a first-quarter interception off the arm of quarterback Jake Plummer in the end zone that cost the Broncos the chance for at least three points, possibly seven. Or it could rest in any number of junctures. It was, in truth, no such moment in particular. "There's not one thing that you can put your finger on," cornerback Champ Bailey said. Rather, it was a collection of things that doomed the Broncos to their first defeat since Oct. 23 and third consecutive loss at Arrowhead Stadium. Change one of them, and perhaps the result is different, though there is no way to tell. But because the Broncos did enough right to match score for score in a game that saw neither team lead by more than seven points, each player was left knowing that one thing might have changed the game's outcome and ended the team's December frustrations at Arrowhead Stadium.
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