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Terrance Knighton's batted down pass preserves Broncos' 24-17 win over scrappy Chiefs

  • CORRECTS TO JULIUS THOMAS NOT DEMARYIUS THOMAS - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) yells at teammate Julius Thomas during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    CORRECTS TO JULIUS THOMAS NOT DEMARYIUS THOMAS - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) yells at teammate Julius Thomas during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks down after an incomplete pass against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks down after an incomplete pass against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

Terrance Knighton batted away Alex Smith's fourth-and-goal pass to Dwayne Bowe with 15 seconds left, preserving the Denver Broncos' 24-17 win over the scrappy Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Broncos (2-0) thought they had sealed the win twice earlier on the drive.

Aqib Talib's pick-6 was negated by Quanterus Smith's hold. Then, Nate Irving's fumble recovery following DeMarcus Ware's sack and strip was ruled an incomplete pass after a replay.

The Chiefs (0-2) converted 11 of 16 third-down opportunities overall.

They just couldn't capitalize in the biggest moments as the Broncos defense mustered two goal-line stands for the second straight week.

Peyton Manning was 21 of 26 for 242 yards and three TDs.

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