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Jan 3, 2010 7:59 PM

Chiefs deny Broncos a playoff berth

DENVER (AP) - Josh McDaniels' first season as Denver coach ended the same way Mike Shanahan's last one did: with a late-season flop and an embarrassing blowout that wasted a strong start and kept the Broncos out of the playoffs.

Jamaal Charles ran for a Chiefs-record 259 yards on 25 carries and linebacker Derrick Johnson returned two interceptions of Kyle Orton passes for touchdowns in Kansas City's 44-24 rout Sunday, their first victory in nine tries at Invesco Field.

For Denver it was eerily reminiscent of last season's finale, when they were routed 52-21 by San Diego with a playoff berth on the line, a loss that led to Shanahan's departure and McDaniels' arrival.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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