blocked a punt in overtime and a pass interference penalty on cornerback
helped set up a 25-yard field goal by
rallied for a 37-34 victory over the Chiefs.
A backup middle linebacker, Burns busted through the middle of the line and blocked
's punt on the Chiefs' first possession of the extra session, giving Denver the ball at the Kansas City 32.
"I was more surprised than anything because I was blocked all day," Burns said. "I just took full advantage of what I saw. I'm sure they'll fix it in December when we play them again."
On the ensuing drive, the Broncos were faced with a 3rd-and-7 at the 29.
lofted a pass for
down the right sideline, but Warfield pulled down the receiver at the 7.
Elam converted his short field goal on the next play, giving the Broncos (5-2) a dramatic win.
Griese had a huge day against the NFL's worst defense, completing 30-of-50 passes for a career-high 376 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos overcame a 34-20 deficit in the fourth quarter.
Griese's favorite target was future Hall of Famer
, who set an NFL single-game record for receiving yards by a tight end with 12 catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
Jackie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals had nine catches for 212 yards against Pittsburgh on October 13, 1963.
"I was really proud of the way our team fought for 60 minutes," said Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who improved to just 2-6 all-time at Arrowhead Stadium. "You can look at a lot of different areas and say we didn't play our best football game. But you can't disrespect the effort that we had and the way we came up with big plays. It gave us a chance to tie the game and eventually win.
It also was another big day for Chiefs running back
, who rushed for 112 yards and three TDs against the NFL's top-ranked rushing defense. Holmes leads the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns and has 14 TDs overall.
Kansas City (3-4) has lost its last two AFC West games by a combined four points.
A big play on special teams early in the fourth quarter seemed to give the Chiefs control when linebacker
's punt and
recovered at the Denver 5.
Two plays later, Holmes barreled up the middle for his third TD of the game, a two-yard run that gave Kansas City a 34-20 lead with 12:42 remaining.
Holmes is on pace to shatter
's single-season record of 26 touchdowns, set in 2000. His TD total is the most in NFL history after seven games.
But the Chiefs, who surrender more than 32 points per game and over 430 totals per contest, could not hold the lead.
Griese needed less than two minutes to engineer a five-play, 70-yard drive that he capped with a 28-yard TD over the middle to Sharpe that pulled the Broncos within 34-27.
It was Sharpe's 53rd career touchdown reception, moving him past Dave Casper into second place all time among tight ends.
"I might have been Sterling Sharpe there today," said Sharpe referring to older brother Sterling. "I thought last week might have been one of my most complete games ever, but today had to be my best, execpt for two plays ever. Blocking and receiving."
"I know that Shannon has been frustrated this year because up until today, he hasn't been able to make what he felt was a big enough impact," Griese said. "Well, today I'd have to say we made up for it. Anyone who thought that maybe he had lost something found out today that there couldn't be anything further from the truth."
Sharpe was not the only one to have a field day against the Cheifs as the Broncos rolled up 507 total yards.
Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil talked about his club's defensive problems.
"We've been around these guys the whole offseason, and all through training camp," he said. "We've got to just keep making them better, or quit making these kinds of mistakes. The one guy we tried to sign (Denver's Lionel Dalton) came over and said great game. He's playing for them so we go through our process and gradually correct our problems. But these are our guys, I can't go over to Whole Foods Meat Market and get some guys on sale."
Kansas City had a chance to increase the lead with 3:47 remaining, but 42-year-old
, who had made 25 straight field goals, was short from 43 yards.
That gave Griese, who often has been criticized for his lack of leadership, time to orchestrate an 11-play, 67-yard drive in which he made a host of big plays along the way.
Griese had a huge 26-yard completion to Sharpe over the middle to the Kansas City 33. But his biggest play came on 4th-and-6, when he found Smith for eight yards to the 21.
capped the impressive drive with a two-yard run with 21 seconds remaining, tying the game at 34-34.
Anderson, who has seen his role in the backfield diminished, carried nine times for 34 yards. Rookie
had 15 carries for 70 yards, including a two-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Holmes once again was the story in the backfield for the Chiefs. The NFL's second-leading rusher opened the scoring 5:36 into the contest with a one-yard run. Holmes has 766 yards on the ground this season, behind only San Diego's
The Chiefs played surprisingly well on defense in the first half, holding the Broncos to only a pair of field goals by Elam. Andersen kicked field goals of 41 and 32 yards in the second, helping Kansas City to a 13-6 lead.
Holmes helped the Chiefs control the ball in the half, gaining 59 yards on 13 attempts. Denver came into the contest, allowing just 62 yards per game on the ground.
The Chiefs' defense quickly resembled what its looked like all season in the third quarter when Griese found Sharpe on a post down the middle for an 82-yard touchdown, tying the game at 13-13. It was Sharpe's first TD in 12 games dating to last season.
returned the ensuing kickoff 46 yards into Denver territory.
found Holmes for 15 yards and the all-purpose back had a 10-yard run to the 23.
Green went 20-of-33 for 172 yards.
capped the drive with a 14-yard run around left end, giving the Chiefs a 20-13 lead with 8:28 left in the third quarter.
Denver wasted little time in tying it again, moving 63 yards in nine plays with Portis scoring on a two-yard run.
The Chiefs went 70 yards in nine plays on their final possession of the third, capped by a four-yard run by Holmes for a 27-20 lead.