Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Eric Decker and completed 17-of-22 passes for 218 yards, but it was a heads-up defensive play that, for a while at least, stood out as the most important of his first half accomplishments. After Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman fumbled late in the first quarter, Manning made a touchdown-saving tackle on, or at least got in the way of, Kansas City's Brandon Flowers on the scoop-and-return. Denver went on to hold the Chiefs to a field goal, preserving its early lead.
As for the Chiefs, they failed to convert on two red zone opportunities, with placekicker Ryan Succop missing a field goal later in the second quarter, keeping his team from pulling to within 7-6 at the time. Denver took advantage of the field position created by the miss, marching down field to take a two-score lead.
Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn finished the half 6-of-11 for 44 yards, while running back Jamaal Charles gained 34 yards on nine carries. Kansas City was outgained by Denver, 277 total yards to 89, in the half.