Now, the Broncos are flying high while the Chiefs are waiting to bottom out.
"Peyton Manning is a Hall of Famer," Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "We played pretty good as a defense most of the game, but he made a few plays, one or two more than we'd like."
Kansas City actually established a lead for the third straight game, and seemed to be out-playing Denver early, going up 6-0 on Succop's two first-half field goals.
It was all wiped out by one Broncos touchdown drive.
Manning completed five straight passes before finding Tamme on third-and-goal from the Kansas City 7 with 18 seconds left in the half, giving Denver a 7-6 lead.
The Broncos' Matt Prater missed his second field-goal try of the game in the third quarter, and Succop's 49-yarder gave Kansas City its first second-half lead this season, but once again the field goal wound up getting trumped by a touchdown.
Manning, who went over 3,000 yards passing earlier in the game, rode the legs of Moreno into Chiefs territory, and that's when he lobbed a pass over nickelback Jalil Brown and into the hands of Thomas for the go-ahead, 30-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter.
The Chiefs twice had chances to overcome the 14-9 deficit late in the fourth quarter, but they failed to move the ball after taking over at their own 37, and then after getting it back, punted on fourth-and-6 at the Broncos 47 after a series of penalties ruined the drive.
Denver tacked on a field goal by Prater in the closing seconds, and after Jacksonville held on to beat Tennessee, the Chiefs were left as the league's only one-win team.
"We're frustrated every week. Every time we get a loss, it's frustrating," Charles said. "I don't know when it's going to stop, but hopefully we can did deep down in our souls and find a way to get out of this."
NOTES: Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster (head/neck) and S Kendrick Lewis (shoulder) left the game with injuries. ... Kansas City was 3 for 14 on third downs. ... Chiefs LB Justin Houston had two sacks. ... Broncos LB Von Miller had his 14th sack of the season.
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