Another close one, but Broncos still alive

The Denver Broncos kept their playoff hopes alive with a 31-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Broncos had several chances to put the game away early, but three turnovers allowed the Chiefs to keep it close. In the end, it came down to the final play, as so many of the Broncos games have this season.

But the outcome was different this time as Denver won its first game in the last four, all of which have been decided on the last play. Rookie running back Clinton Portis, who was fighting the flu, led the way for the Broncos with 130 yards rushing, three rushing touchdowns and a 66 yard touchdown reception. He also had two fumbles, one of which came on a first and goal from the KC one yard line in the waning seconds of the first half as Denver had a chance to blow the game open.

Click on the links below to read game recaps and stats.

Ailing Portis Sickens Chiefs With Career Day - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 15, 2002 - Clinton Portis is a perfectionist. Burrowed beneath a veneer of on-field speed and a unique sense of off-field style is the heart of a player who refuses to let mistakes define him, who, when finding a flaw, triples his efforts in an attempt to correct it.

Game Center - DenverBroncos.com

Broncos hold off Chiefs, remain alive- NFL.com
Check out the stats from Sunday's game.

Broncos hold off Chiefs 31-24, regain control of playoff destiny- USA Today.com
DENVER — With the seconds ticking down and another opponent driving in a close game, the Denver Broncos were expecting the worst. After three straight close losses — two in overtime — who could blame them? But this time it had a different ending.


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