Craig Morton passed 23 yards to Haven Moses for a touchdown with 4:29 left in the game and Denver staged a goal-line stand in the final minutes today to lift the Broncos to a 14-7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Denver's Rick Upchurch set up the winning four-play drive with a 22-yard punt return to the Broncos' 48-yard line. Morton found Moses alone at the seven after rookie defensive back Gary Green slipped.
The Chiefs looked as if they were going to send the game into overtime when rookie linebacker Raymond Burks carried a fake punt 51 yards on a fourth and 17 with two minutes. He got to the Denver one.
But the middle of the Denver line stopped Ed Podolak and Mark Bailey on plunges and linebacker Tom Jackson nailed Walter White for a six-yard loss on an end around. Mike Livingston then threw an incomplete pass on fourth down to insure the Broncos' ninth win in 10 games.
Kansas City had tied the score at 7-all with 12 seconds left in the half on a 15-yard pass from Livingston to Henry Marshall.
The Broncos twice had chances to score in the second half but Jim Turner missed field goals of 26 and 39 yards.