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Broncos crush Chiefs 49-29 behind four TD day for Orton

Where did that come from?

Wherever it did, the Broncos are hoping to see a lot more of it, as Sunday at home against the formerly first place Chiefs, they laid a whooping on them, topping them 49-29.

Orton threw a career-high four touchdown passes and was upright all day, as the Broncos O-line opened up the holes for the Broncos.

“We didn’t hurt ourselves, first and foremost,” Orton said. “We’ve just been plagued by penalties and turnovers and bad football.”

It was the highest scoring game in 47 years for the Broncos. The only time they scored more was in 1963, when they put up 50 on the San Diego Chargers, and they could have topped that but eschewed a makeable field goal late in the game.

Moreno was the ground leader for Denver, going for 106 yards on 22 carries and catching three passes for 50 yards and a TD.

The Broncos stuffed the Chiefs’ vaunted ground game by jumping out to a 35-0 lead behind a trio of touchdown passes from Orton, a 1-yard run by Tim Tebow and a 75-yard fumble return for a TD by linebacker Jason Hunter.

“I think we caught them off-guard,” Tebow said.

The Broncos led 35-0 at the half, and never looked back, as while the Chiefs got back in the game with the over 400 yards throwing of Matt Cassel, the Chiefs were never closer than 20.

The Chiefs were held to 41 yards rushing, and Thomas Jones managed just 3. The Chiefs entered averaging 180 yards rushing, 113 more than Denver, which ranked last in the league.

One odd moment was the postgame handshake that never was. Coaches Josh McDaniels of the Broncos and Todd Haley of the Chiefs didn’t shake hands when they met on the field after Sunday’s game. In his postgame discussion Haley was indirect in answering why he and McDaniels didn’t shake hands.

“That’s a private time between head coaches,” Haley said. “The main thing was I thought our team played hard up to the end.”

The Broncos now at 3-6 have a shot to get back in the AFC West race next Monday night as they play at San Diego.

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