John Elway led a drive in the closing minutes, and Sammy Winder dived one yard for a touchdown as the Denver Broncos kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 14-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs today.
Denver, which won even though Elway was intercepted five times, raised its record to 10-5. Since the New York Jets lost to Chicago, 19-6, the Broncos remained in the playoff picture. The Chiefs fell to 5-10.
An interception by Chiefs cornerback Albert Lewis, his second of the game, set up Todd Blackledge's seven-yard touchdown pass to Stephone Paige with 6:59 left, putting the Chiefs ahead by 13-7.
Denver had two subsequent series in which to reclaim the lead. Elway, who passed for 301 yards to set a Denver single-season record of 3,459 yards, completed five passes on a drive that reached the Chiefs' eight-yard line with 2:30 left. But rookie running back Steve Sewell fumbled a pitchout, and the Chiefs' Calvin Daniels recovered.
Kansas City was forced to punt on its next series, and Elway, who had been booed by the hometown crowd for his interceptions, went to work again. His 42-yard pass to Steve Watson moved Denver to the Kansas City 17. Seven plays later, Winder went over the top for the tying touchdown with 22 seconds left, and Rich Karlis kicked the game-winning extra point.
"Kansas City made some good plays, and I made some bad throws and bad decisions," Elway said. "You have to try to stay poised and tough."