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Broncos Get Sharpe Win

October 21, 2002|From Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shannon Sharpe proved there's still plenty of life in his 34-year-old legs. There was never a doubt about his attitude.

The Denver tight end set a franchise record with a career-high 214 yards receiving and two second-half touchdown catches, and the Broncos rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 37-34, in overtime Sunday.

Sharpe caught both scoring passes from Brian Griese, who completed 30 of 0 for a career-best 376 yards as Denver (5-2) defeated the Chiefs (3-4) at Arrowhead Stadium for the first time since 1998.

Griese was 20 for 33 for 278 yards in the second half.

After Sharpe beat three defenders for his first touchdown, an 82-yard play, he couldn't resist needling Kansas City's fans. He bent down in the end zone, unfastened some tape from his shoe and showed them what was written underneath.

"It says, 'Big Play Shay,' " Sharpe said. "I just wanted to let everyone know I was still back."

Jason Elam kicked a 25-yard field goal with 12:03 left in overtime, atoning for Denver's earlier special teams mistakes with big plays in the extra period.

Elam's game-winner, set up by a 25-yard pass interference penalty against cornerback Eric Warfield, was his third field goal of the game. It came four plays after Keith Burns blocked Dan Stryzinski's punt and Dwayne Carswell recovered at the Kansas City 32.

Burns was glad for the shot at redemption.

"We shouldn't put our offense and our defense in bad field position, and that's what we did all day," he said. "We hung together, and we were able to come out on top."

Priest Holmes ran for 113 yards and three touchdowns, two of them following mistakes by Denver's special teams in the second half.

Kansas City kicker Morten Andersen became the NFL's career field goal leader with 479, one more than Minnesota's Gary Anderson, then missed 43-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Denver's Mike Anderson forced overtime with a touchdown on a two-yard run with 21 seconds remaining. Rod Smith kept the Broncos going with an eight-yard reception on fourth and six from Kansas City's 29 just before the two-minute warning.

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