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AFC West Rundown: Week 12


Check out the top shots from the Broncos' comeback win over the Dolphins.


*Week 12: Won 39-36 vs. Miami Dolphins *

How it happened: The Dolphins jumped out to a 14-3 lead over the Broncos and the teams each had two touchdowns in the second quarter. The Dolphins were the only team to get on the board in the third as the Broncos missed a field goal and Jarvis Landry scored on a 5-yard touchdown reception, giving the Dolphins an 11-point lead heading into the fourth. With the help of a T.J. Ward pick, the Broncos were able to score 22 consecutive points (including Demaryius Thomas' third TD catch of the game) and come out with the win.

It was over when: C.J. Anderson recovered the Dolphins' onside kick attempt with less than two minutes left.

Key performer: C.J. Anderson totaled 167 rushing yards and one touchdown during the matchup, setting a franchise rushing record for an undrafted player.

Between the hash marks:

  • Manning extended his streak of games with a touchdown pass to 50 – the third-longest streak of all-time.
  • Welker's touchdown catch was his 50th of his career.
  • Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are tied for the most 100-yard receiving games in the NFL this season with seven.

What's next: The Broncos head to Kansas City to face the 7-4 Chiefs on Sunday night.


Week 12: Lost 24-20 at Oakland Raiders

How it happened: The Chiefs fell behind early and had to look to the air to mount a comeback attempt after the Raiders ran out to a 14-point lead. After getting a break in gathering an Oakland fumble on a punt return, they scored their first touchdown of the game in the third quarter, and they tied the game toward the beginning of the fourth. The Raiders' rushing offense struggled in the second half, but they still managed to string together first downs. But the Chiefs' defense couldn't hold the Raiders back when it mattered most on fourth down as Oakland tried to mount their own comeback. Derek Carr went on to march the Raiders offense down the field for a touchdown. Then, despite great field position, Kansas City couldn't take advantage of the Raiders' defensive goofs and turned the ball over on downs to end the game.

It was over when: Alex Smith couldn't connect with Frankie Hammond on fourth-and-13 with 30 seconds left.

Key performer: Jamaal Charles had a solid game with 80 yards on the ground and 42 receiving yards, including a 30-yard touchdown reception.

Between the hash marks:

  • The Chiefs, who have the sixth-best third-down conversion rates on offense, converted just two of twelve such attempts against the Raiders, who are 28th in third down defense.
  • The loss to Oakland snapped a five-game win streak.
  • Kansas City gave up 172 yards on the ground in Oakland's best rushing game to date, and the Chiefs are now last in yards per rushing play allowed.

What's next: The Chiefs return to their home field to take on the Broncos.


*Week 12: Won 24-20 vs. Kansas City Chiefs *

How it happened: The Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead off two Latavius Murray touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown run, the longest offensive scoring play in the NFL this season. The Chiefs went on to score on three consecutive occasions – Anthony Fasano and Jamaal Charles each had a touchdown catch and Carlos Santos' 25-yard field goal put the Chiefs up 20-17 with just over nine minutes to go in the game. But Derek Carr and the Raiders forged a game-winning touchdown drive that ate up 7:21 of the clock. Carr connected with James Jones for a 7-yard touchdown to put the Raiders up by four. But the Raiders almost let the game get away as De'Anthony Thomas had a 48-yard kickoff return and on fourth-and-3, the Raiders committed three penalties. With the help of a sack by Sio Moore, in which the celebration almost led to an offsides call, the Chiefs were unable to score.

It was over when: Alex Smith's pass deep left to Frankie Hammond Jr. fell incomplete on fourth-and-13 with less than 30 seconds to go.

Key performer: Latavius Murray provided a spark in the Raiders' previously struggling run game as he totaled 112 rushing yards on four carries, including 11- and 90-yard touchdowns. But he suffered a concussion near the end of the first half and missed the remainder of the game.

Between the hash marks:

  • The Raiders forced five consecutive punts to open the game and held the Chiefs scoreless in the first quarter.
  • Murray's 11-yard touchdown run was the first rushing touchdown allowed by the Chiefs this season.
  • The Raiders scored touchdowns on both of their trips to the red zone.

What's next: The Raiders travel to St. Louis to face the 4-7 Rams.


Week 12: Won 27-24 vs. St. Louis Rams

How it happened: The Chargers turned a chance to take an early lead into a 10-3 deficit when Philip Rivers threw an interception that was returned 99 yards for a touchdown. San Diego allowed a 51-yard touchdown just before halftime that was called back by penalty, and responded by going on a run of 17 consecutive points to take a 20-10 lead. A muffed punt and a lost fumble in the red zone helped the Rams close the lead to three, but Keenan Allen turned a short screen pass into a 29-yard touchdown to bump the lead back to 10 with eight minutes remaining. Still, the Rams fought back, using a fake punt to lead to a touchdown with 2:04 remaining and forcing a quick three-and-out from the Chargers. The Rams returned the ensuing punt inside the 5-yard line but offsetting penalties brought it back. Shaun Hill took the Rams downfield to the Chargers' 4, only to throw a game sealing interception.

It was over when: On second-and-goal from the 4 and trailing by three, Shaun Hill was intercepted by Marcus Gilchrist on the goal line, allowing the Chargers to run out the clock.

Key performer: In his second game back from injury, Ryan Mathews picked up 113 total yards on just 14 touches, including a 32-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

Between the hash marks:

-Despite throwing a red-zone interception, Philip Rivers was very precise in this game, completing 29-of-35 for 291 yards.

-Keenan Allen had a very busy day, picking up 104 yards and a long touchdown receiving but also fumbling at the end of a 35-yard gain and being involved in a muffed punt.

-The Chargers limited Shaun Hill to 198 yards passing on 35 attempts and forced Hill into three turnovers (two INTs, one fumble).

What's next: The Chargers travel to Baltimore to face the 7-4 Ravens.

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