AFC West Week 10 decisive moment

November, 16, 2010
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If the Kansas City Chiefs had any chance of getting back into Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos and keeping sole possession of first place in the AFC West, it disappeared at the 1:19 mark of the first quarter. Less than 14 minutes into the game, the 2-6 Broncos took a commanding 21-0 lead over the shell-shocked Chiefs.

Denver quarterback Kyle Orton threw his third touchdown of the quarter (he finished with four touchdown passes) when he hit receiver Jabar Gaffney for a beautiful, 40-yard diving play in double coverage.

The play was not without controversy, though. Kansas City challenged, arguing that Gaffney didn’t have control of the ball. After a long delay, the officials announced the review system was inoperable (this has happened in the past in Denver), so the call on the field stood.

This, understandably, fired up the Chiefs and their fans, especially because the machine was operating later on a review that went Denver’s way.

Still, I’m not sure if the catch would have been overruled and the Chiefs just weren't going to win a game that ended with Denver on top 49-29.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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