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NFL Recap (Kansas City-Denver)
Posted: Sun August 31, 1997 at 9:05 p.m. EDTDENVER 19, KANSAS CITY 3
Jason Elam kicked four field goals, including a 53-yarder, and Terrell Davis ran for the only touchdown of the game two minutes into the fourth quarter as the Denver Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 19-3. It marked the first time Elam has kicked four field goals since a 1993 game against the New York Jets. He holds the team record with Rich Karlis and Gene Mingo for most field goals in a game with five. Elam's first half field goals of 35, 36 and 25 yards staked the Broncos to a 9-0 halftime lead. Davis' 10-yard scoring run completed a Bronco drive that went 49 yards in six plays. Davis ran 26 times for 101 yards. John Elway hit Rod Smith for a 78-yard completion that set up the field goal at the end of the first half. The play was the third longest non-scoring completion in Broncos history. "Kansas City was keeping everything in front of them," said Elway. We kept beating ourselves when we got into the red zone. Our defense played great, they looked really fresh." Elway was 17-of-28 for 246 yards, 149 coming in the first half. He connected with Smith five times for 122 yards. "I was really pleased with the overall effort of our football team," said Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan. "We moved the football and controlled the tempo of the game, but it was a credit to them (Chiefs) that we could not get the ball into the end zone early. In the end, we had to score and we did, so I'm pleased with the overall effort. " Pete Stoyanovich had the only points for Kansas City, a 20-yard field goal near the end of the third quarter. The Chiefs settled for the field goal after going 77 yards in 11 plays. Elvis Grbac struggled for the Chiefs, completing just 14-of-25 for 115 yards with an interception and was sacked three times. Greg Hill gained 92 yards on just seven carries. Hill's longest gain of 38 yards set up the Stoyanovich field goal. The three points is the fewest the Chiefs have scored since they were shut out by the Los Angeles Rams, 16-0, in the fourth week of the 1994 season. The Broncos outgained the Chiefs, 218-72, in the first half but were able to come away with just the three field goals. Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer dropped to 7-13 in his career against the Broncos. He is 2-9 in Denver's Mile High Stadium. "The team that prevailed today was a better team than us," said Schottenheimer. "We competed the whole day. There were some bright spots. Greg Hill was the real deal and I think he proved that today if anyone ever doubted him. We're playing winning football. Not today but I think it will show in the future." Defensive end Neil Smith only managed one tackle in the first game against his former team. "I've still got some great friends over there," said Smith. "I raised a lot of those guys. Everybody on that field wanted to get off to a good start today and it worked out well (for us). The defense made a lot of plays." The Chiefs had won seven straight opening games.
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