Denver Broncos became the third team to start a season 6-0 and miss the playoffs; Josh McDaniel’s first season like Mike Shanahan’s Last one

–(– 01/03/2010 – Most Popular industry news provided by Financial News USA. 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.

Fast Facts

• Denver became the third team to start a season 6-0 and miss the playoffs. The Vikings in 2003 and the Redskins in 1978 are the other two teams.

• Linebacker Derrick Johnson, who had three career interceptions in five seasons entering the game, had two interceptions and returned both for touchdowns.

• Jamaal Charles rushed for a franchise-record 259 yards on 25 carries and finished the season with 1,120 yards — the eighth-best single-season total in team history.

• Kyle Orton threw three interceptions after throwing just nine in his first 15 games.

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.

Johnson returned his second interception 60 yards for a score that gave Kansas City a 37-24 lead with 10 minutes left, and then Charles capped his amazing performance with a 56-yard TD run. He bested Larry Johnson’s franchise record of 211 yards set in 2005.

The Chiefs looked nothing like a 4-12 team against the Broncos (8-8), who lost eight of 10 after a sizzling 6-0 start and went 0-3 at home in the AFC West after going 3-0 in divisional road games.

It was the first time the Broncos failed to win a division game at home. About Financial News USA

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