The Chiefs defeated the division-rival Broncos with ease on "Thursday Night Football," cruising to a 30-6 victory.
The win came at a price, though: Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a knee injury in the second quarter on a sneak. He remained on the turf after the play and pointed toward his right knee. He later walked to the locker room to be evaluated.
MAHOMES INJURY: Early indications say QB has dislocated knee, report says
The Chiefs ruled Mahomes out for the remainder of the game shortly after his exit. According to multiple reports, he suffered a dislocation of his right patella (kneecap). Mahomes will have an MRI exam Friday to determine the severity of the injury.
Matt Moore took over for Mahomes and kept the Chiefs (5-2) on track toward an easy win. Moore connected with Tyreek Hill on a 57-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put the Chiefs ahead 27-6 and prevent any further threat from the Broncos.
Denver (2-5) scored on its opening drive but was lifeless on offense the remainder of the game. Joe Flacco was sacked eight times and held to just 3.4 net yards per passing attempt, the same figure as the Broncos' rushing yards per attempt. Flacco also fumbled three times, losing one — on a strip-sack that Reggie Ragland returned for a touchdown.
Sporting News tracked live updates and highlights from Chiefs vs. Broncos:
(All times Eastern)
FINAL: Chiefs 30, Broncos 6
11:06 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, CHIEFS. Kansas City tacks on three more on a 39-yard field goal by Butker. Chiefs 30, Broncos 6.
10:59 p.m .: Denver has to go for it on fourth down and Flacco's pass is batted down, turning it back over to Kansas City.
10:54 p.m. : Moore goes down via sack on third down to force the punt. Denver has 10 minutes to work with trailing by three touchdowns.
10:49 p.m. : Pressure continues to impact the Denver offense as the Broncos are unable to get downfield and have to punt it once again.
10:39 p.m. : Kansas City's drive stalls after six plays and the Broncos will hope to manufacture something on their next drive.
10:31 p.m .: Yet another three-and-out for a Denver offense that can't seem to get anything going.
10:27 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, CHIEFS. Moore hits Hill downfield for a 57-yard passing touchdown and the Chiefs extend their lead. Chiefs 27, Broncos 6.
10:22 p.m. : Denver's drive stalls after just three plays and the Broncos punt it back. Four drives and four punts so far in the second half.
10:17 p.m. : Moore can't find Tyreek Hill deep on the ensuing drive and the Chiefs are again forced to punt it away.
10:10 p.m.: Broncos and Chiefs exchanging punts now as Kansas City will take over on its own 13-yard line.
10:01 p.m. : Nothing going on Kansas City's drive as they punt it back to Denver.
9:56 p.m. : Chiefs will start the second half with the ball.
Halftime stats :
First downs : Broncos 10, Chiefs 7
Passing yards : Broncos 101, Chiefs 77
Rushing yards : Chiefs 36, Broncos 23
Total yards : Broncos 124, Chiefs 113
Penalties : Broncos 3-25, Chiefs 4-26
Time of possession : Chiefs 15:28, Broncos 14:32
9:42 p.m. : Denver's following possession ends in a punt shortly before halftime.
9:36 p.m. : Chiefs go three-and-out in the first full drive under Moore and punt it away.
9:30 p.m. : The eight-play Denver drive results in zero points as Brandon McManus' 45-yard attempt is just right. Chiefs take over on offense.
9:22 p.m .: Update on Mahomes:
9:19 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, CHIEFS. Flacco hits the turf on a strip-sack and Reggie Ragland scoops it up and takes it into the end zone. Chiefs 20, Broncos 6.
9:15 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, CHIEFS. Kansas City is unable to score a touchdown in another red zone opportunity, this time with Matt Moore under center. Chiefs 13, Broncos 6.
9:10 p.m. : Mahomes sneaks for the first down on 4th-and-short but is down and injured. He heads to the locker room under his own power.
9:03 p.m. : The Broncos try to roll the dice on a fake punt and were unsuccessful. Kansas City has another opportunity in plus field position.
8:53 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, CHIEFS. Denver holds firm defensively to prevent another touchdown as Harrison Butker drills a 33-yard field goal. Chiefs 10, Broncos 6.
8:48 p.m. : Flacco puts the ball on the ground on a third-down sack but the Broncos recover and punt it away. Hardman takes the return deep into Denver territory and the Chiefs are again within striking distance.
8:41 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, CHIEFS. Patrick Mahomes hits Mecole Hardman on a crossing route and after bobbling the catch he takes it into the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown. Chiefs 7, Broncos 6.
8:30 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, BRONCOS. Royce Freeman punches in a one-yard touchdown for the first points of the night. Denver's drive was aided by 20 penalty yards against the Chiefs. Denver's two-point try after a KC penalty on the extra-point attempt is no good. Broncos 6, Chiefs 0.
8:22 p.m .: Kansas City's opening kick is out of the end zone and the Broncos will start with the ball to open things up.
8:06 p.m. : Some notable names in the house to see Chiefs-Broncos.