Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/14/11

Just when it looked like the season couldn’t get any worse for the Kansas City Chiefs after a loss to Miami, they followed up with a home loss to the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow’s whopping two completions.

The Chiefs allowed Denver to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball all day. KC gave up a season-high 244 yards on the ground to Denver, almost 100 yards more than any game to this point in the season. Tebow may have only completed two passes, but he only attempted eight.

Despite Denver’s commitment to the run, the Chiefs rarely put more than five men in the box, letting the Broncos run all over them. Shockingly, Denver’s top two running backs Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno went down in the first quarter. Third stringer Lance Ball ended the day with 96 rushing yards for Denver.

KC quarterback Matt Cassel finished the afternoon 13 of 28 for just 98 yards and one touchdown. After failing clearance of the medical staff, Cassel left the game before the Chiefs’ final series. While Cassel said he hopes to return next week, he was reported as leaving the stadium with a cast on his throwing hand.

The Chiefs were unable to catch a break all day – even receiver Jonathan Baldwin’s amazing around-the-back catch made behind Broncos safety Brian Dawkins was called back due to a penalty. After KC’s only touchdown of the day, a Cassel pass to Le’Ron McClain, Tebow completed his second pass of the game. That completion just happened to be a 56-yard touchdown strike to receiver Eric Decker.

The game’s only points scored afterwards would be meaningless a Ryan Succop field just seconds before the end of the game, salting away the final score at 17-7.

Perhaps the only bright spot in the game for Kansas City came at the hands of  Tyler Palko, who ran a no-huddle offense in the Chiefs’ final series going 5 of 6 for just under 50 yards after Cassel left with a hand injury. He looks poised to step in if fact Cassel does have a serious injury to his throwing hand.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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