Peyton Manning put more hits on the Kansas City Chiefs than they put on him.
Manning had his ankles heavily taped but he wasn't hit or hurried by the Chiefs, who came into the game with a league-high 36 sacks and left the Rocky Mountains without adding to that number.
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Manning saved a touchdown by tackling linebacker Derrick Johnson, and the Chiefs were utterly unable to return the favor Sunday night, failing to add to their NFL-leading sacks total in a 27-17 loss to the Denver Broncos.
"Our plan was to get to the QB but the ball is coming out quick," Chiefs defensive lineman Tamba Hali said. "He did a great job. Their team did a great job protecting him."
The only time they got to Manning was in the postgame scramble toshake the four-time MVP's hand after he handed them their first loss of the season.
"I thought he did a good job getting the ball out fast and I thought he worked the pocket well," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "There were times when we had pressure and you saw him slide and throw the opposite (way) which isn't an easy thing to do. Most guys wouldn't be able to get away with it."
The Chiefs finally found a defense every bit as good as their own and ran into a quarterback they couldn't bring down.
The teams are tied atop the AFC West at 9-1 with a rematch looming Dec. 1 at Arrowhead Stadium.
This marked the first loss with the Chiefs for Reid, who fell to 13-2 after the bye, and for the 32 Chiefs who weren't a part of last year's 2-14 debacle.
Although the Chiefs stifled Manning for much of the night, they never led in the game pitting teams with the best combined record this deep into the season since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.