Login  |   Register
On Now
Coming Up
  • Mon., Oct. 24, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Texans vs. Broncos
    Texans vs. Broncos
    Monday, October 24 • 6:30PM MDT • ESPN
    Week 7 • NFL Homecoming • Ring of Fame Ceremony • presented by Bud Light

  • Sun., Oct. 30, 2016 2:05 PM - 5:00 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Chargers vs. Broncos
    Chargers vs. Broncos
    Sunday, October 30 • 2:05PM MDT • CBS
    Week 8 • Halloween Extravaganza • presented by Nationwide

  • Tue., Nov. 01, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT Drive for Life Drive for Life
    Date: Tuesday 11/1, 8 am – 5 pm
    Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Description: 19th annual community blood drive in partnership with Bonfils Blood Center. Appointments are not needed, for more information please visit: www.bonfils.org
  • Sun., Nov. 06, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM MST GAMEDAY: Broncos at Raiders
    Broncos at Raiders
    Sunday, November 6 • 6:30PM MST • NBC
    Week 9

  • Sun., Nov. 13, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM MST GAMEDAY: Broncos at Saints
    Broncos at Saints
    Sunday, November 13 • 11AM MDT • CBS
    Week 10

  • Tue., Nov. 22, 2016 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM MST Denver Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution Denver Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution
    Date: Tuesday 11/22 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Description: The Denver Rescue Mission will distribute Thanksgiving food boxes and turkeys to families who have pre-registered with them. Broncos Country is encouraged to donate a vehicle to the Denver Rescue Mission: https://www.denverrescuemission.org/vehicle.
  • Sun., Nov. 27, 2016 2:25 PM - 5:30 PM MST GAMEDAY: Chiefs vs. Broncos
    Chiefs vs. Broncos
    Sunday, November 27 • 2:25PM MST • CBS
    Week 12 • Salute to Service • presented by USAA

  • Sun., Dec. 04, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM MST GAMEDAY: Broncos at Jaguars
    Broncos at Jaguars
    Sunday, December 4 • 11AM MST • CBS
    Week 13

  • Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM MST GAMEDAY: Broncos at Titans
    Broncos at Titans
    Sunday, December 11 • 11AM MST • CBS
    Week 14

  • Sun., Dec. 18, 2016 2:25 PM - 5:30 PM MST GAMEDAY: Patriots vs. Broncos
    Patriots vs. Broncos
    Sunday, December 18 • 2:25PM MST • CBS
    Week 15 • Man of the Year • presented by Verizon


Next Day Notebook: at Chiefs

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Montee Ball rushes for 100 yards, Champ Bailey returns and Wesley Woodyard pulls in his first interception of the season.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – In front of a contingent of his family and friends, rookie running back Montee Ball had the best game of his young career Sunday afternoon in Kansas City.

Originally from Wentzville, outside St. Louis, the Missouri native turned 13 carries into 117 yards in the Broncos 35-28 win.

“For me, I showed up today telling myself ‘Show up today or shut up. Sit on the bench and shut up if I don’t come today and make plays for my teammates,’” Ball said after the game. “I was extremely focused today. I just told myself just to be decisive in the run game.”

Ball broke two long runs in the game – the first was a 45-yard run in the third quarter that brought the Broncos out of the shadow of their own end zone. The second was a 28-yard scamper that forced the Chiefs to call their final timeout and allowed the Broncos to kneel on three consecutive games to seal the win.

Ball joked that he wasn’t the fastest player around but that the offensive line opened up holes and he just went through them.

“They’re one of the hardest-working groups in practice,” Ball said of the offensive line. “They carry it forward to the game, and us running backs, we don’t want to let them down. As soon as we see a crease, we hit it.”

Ball had his first multi-touchdown game two weeks ago in the first matchup with the Chiefs but lost his third fumble of the season last week in New England. He put that behind him in the week leading up to the game.

“Montee was a real pro all week last week,” quarterback Peyton Manning said after the game. “He was disappointed with the fumble he had last week. But, he had a good week of practice and came in ready to play today and had a good game today against the Chiefs. That’s part of being a pro – putting last week’s game behind you and learning from it and trying to be better from it. It’s not easy to do and I thought his run from our own 5-yard line – it was loud, that place was really rocking – and his run to get us out of that hole was a critical play as well.”

Bailey Back in the Lineup

For just the third time this season, and the first time since Week 7, cornerback Champ Bailey took to the field for the Broncos.

Bailey was only on the field for a short stretch before coming back out but he said after the game that he had just had “the wind knocked out” of him and he soon returned. But the game plan coming in was to work Bailey back in gradually.

“I know we went in saying, ‘Hey, we’re not going to try to play 80 snaps in the first day back,’” Interim Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio said after the game. “So there was a plan to kind of rotate, have him start and rotate him through but not have end up playing too much in this first game back.”

The Broncos’ defense has been hit by injuries but Bailey’s return is good news. The long-term losses of Kevin Vickerson and Rahim Moore — who is designated for return — and Derek Wolfe missing the game due to illness took three starters away from the unit but Bailey said that the defense stepped up against the Chiefs.

“We’re banged up but we’ve got some depth,” Bailey said after the game. “And it shows because not to have Wolfe and not to have Vickerson – and then not to have me the full game or Rahim Moore – we’ve lost a lot of players that have played a lot on this defense.

“It’s tough but guys are good players in this locker room and they stepped up.”

Woodyard Snags Interception

Late in the game last week in New England, linebacker Wesley Woodyard nearly picked off a pass that could have swung the momentum back in the Broncos’ favor.

In the opening minutes of the Kansas City game Sunday, the Chiefs wouldn’t be as lucky.

Alex Smith drove the Chiefs down the field but instead of finishing off the drive with a score, Woodyard made his first interception of the season in the end zone.

“I wasn’t going to drop this one,” Woodyard laughed.

The pick, which he downed for a touchback, was the fifth of Woodyard’s career.

“It was just my time,” Woodyard said after the game. “I had just gotten back into the game. I was on the sideline and injured my little elbow, whatever. I got out there – it was just my turn to make a play. Somebody had to make a play and it was my turn to make a play.”

Though the play slowed down the Chiefs early attack, Kansas City still jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first half and Woodyard admitted that the Chiefs had the Broncos defense off-balance.

“We know anytime you play a tough division game – especially versus these guys – they’re going to come out swinging,” Woodyard said. “They got us off-balance and as a team we just had to settle down.”

The Broncos did settle down and forced the Chiefs to punt on five consecutive drives in the second and third quarters. Kansas City scored just one more time after going up 21-7 with nearly 11 minutes to play in the first half.

“It says a lot about our team,” Woodyard said of the comeback effort. “To lose like we lost last week on the road, come back this week and definitely get that nasty taste out of our mouth – to be down at halftime – it shows the toughness of our team in continuing to fight.”

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.