The Chiefs’ punt-return unit was burned by a fake for the second time this season. On fourth and 7 from the Denver 36 in the second quarter, wing blocker David Bruton took the snap from center and gained 13 yards, setting up a Broncos field goal.
Earlier this season, San Francisco’s Craig Dahl ran a similar play, gaining 3 yards from punt formation and converting a fourth-and-1 play that set up a 49ers field goal.
Thomas joins elite group
With his 23-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas topped 1,200 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns for the year, making him one of just six players in NFL history to reach both of those milestones in at least three consecutive seasons.
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Hall of Famer Jerry Rice holds the all-time record with seven consecutive seasons of 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns, set during 1989-95. Marvin Harrison has done it five times; Lance Alworth and Randy Moss four times, and Thomas and Terrell Owens three times.
Manning extends streak
Broncos QB Peyton Manning extended his streak of games with at least one touchdown pass to 51, pulling within one game of tying Patriots QB Tom Brady for the second-longest streak in NFL history.
MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A TD PASS