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Cover 4: Broncos fall 27-24 to Chiefs in season-ending nailbiter

DENVER —The Broncos erased a 14-point deficit Sunday, but the Chiefs prevailed late as Denver capped its 2017 season with a 27-24 loss.

The tight affair was settled late in the game following a Kansas City field goal, and the Broncos fell to 5-11 on the year.

Game-changing moment

The Broncos nearly pulled off quite the comeback victory, but Patrick Mahomes came back in at quarterback for the Chiefs and led his team on a game-winning drive. The game, which at times looked like it would become a Chiefs blowout, truly wasn't decided until the final moments after the Broncos stormed back from a 14-point deficit. In his first regular-season attempt at a game-winning drive, though, Mahomes guided the Chiefs to a 30-yard field goal and a win.

Defining statistic

62.After an otherwise up-and-down performance, Paxton Lynch guided the Broncos on a 62-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 24. Trailing by seven points, Lynch made the necessary throws to put the Broncos in position for the win. And on a key fourth-and-4, Lynch found an open Demaryius Thomas on a corner route for the game's tying score. The Broncos would ultimately lose the contest, but the drive was the most encouraging part of Sunday's game.

Top performers

Running back C.J. Andersondidn't turn in his most-efficient performance, but he earned just enough yards to record the first 1,000-yard season of his career. With his 61-yard day, he became the first Bronco since 2013 to accomplish that feat. Safety Darian Stewartalso earned honors for his first-quarter interception of Patrick Mahomes. Stewart led the Broncos in interceptions this season with three picks. He was also tied for the team lead in interceptions in 2016. Zaire Andersonrecovered a fumble after a botched Chiefs exchange and returned it 42 yards for a score to cut the Kansas City lead to seven. Finally, Demaryius Thomascaught a touchdown on fourth down to tie the game late.

Memorable highlight

De'Angelo Henderson scored the first touchdown of his young career when he caught a screen pass midway through the second quarter and darted 29 yards into the end zone. The 2017 sixth-round pick previously showed off his speed in the preseason, but Sunday's game provided the first real opportunity for the rookie to display his talent in a regular-season game. The catch-and-run showed off his speed and elusiveness and gave Denver its first lead of the game.

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