Broncos vs. Chiefs score update: Peyton Manning touchdown pass gives Denver 7-6 lead at half

Peter Aiken

The Chiefs controlled much of the first half against the Broncos, but a late touchdown drive put Denver ahead in the final minute.

After 30 minutes at Arrowhead, the Denver Broncos lead the Kansas City Chiefs, 7-6. The Chiefs controlled the ball for much of the first half, but Peyton Manning and the Broncos put together an 11-play, 94-yard touchdown drive over the final five minutes to take the one-point lead into the locker room. At third-and-goal from the seven-yard line, Manning was forced to step to his right in the pocket and he easily hit tight end Jacob Tamme between the numbers. Tamme crossed the plane with Eric Berry wrapped around his waist, and after a lackluster first half, the Broncos were promptly ahead.

Just three plays earlier, Manning hit Tamme in the middle of the field for a huge 22-yard gain to put Denver deep in the red zone. It appeared the Broncos might have to settle for a field goal after Justin Houston sacked Manning, but it didn't take long for the Broncos QB to get it back by working with his tight end.

The touchdown was the lone bright spot for the Broncos in the first half. Brandon Flowers picked off Manning on the Broncos' first possession of the second quarter as the sure-thing Hall of Famer lofted it down the center of the field into double coverage. Flowers ran under it and the shutout persisted.

The Broncos appeared to be sleepwalking through much of the half, failing to get much of a pass rush on Brady Quinn and allowing the Chiefs to move the ball and keep Manning off the field. But now with the lead, Denver will receive the second-half kickoff.

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