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Cairo Santos' late field goal gives Chiefs win against Broncos

DENVER -- Cairo Santos' 34-yard field goal hit the left upright and bounced through as overtime expired to give the Kansas Chiefs a 30-27 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos in the NFL on Sunday night.

That avoided the third tie in the NFL this season, something that hasn't happened since 1973 before the league introduced overtime.

The winner followed a risky move by Broncos coach Gary Kubiak that backfired. He sent his kicker out for a 62-yard try with 1:01 left only to see Brandon McManus — who has hit from 70 yards in training camp and was perfect in the playoffs during Denver's Super Bowl surge — come up short.

"It's on me," Kubiak said, explaining he made the move because he had confidence in his kicker even with a new long snapper who joined the team on Friday. "We didn't have any doubt that he could get the ball there. The thought process was on the other end: if we do punt, do we get the ball back?"

The miss gave the Chiefs possession at the Denver 48 with one timeout and just over a minute remaining. The Chiefs reached the Denver 16 before Santos ended the snoozer-turned-thriller in perfect fashion.

"Cairo, he kept us all in suspense with that bank shot, or the chip shot, or whatever it is," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.

The Chiefs (8-3) kept up with the Oakland Raiders (9-2) in the AFC West race. The Broncos (7-4) could find themselves fighting for a wild card now.

Both teams kicked field goals on their opening possession of overtime, McManus from 44 yards and Santos from 37. That followed Kansas City's amazing tying drive in the final 3 minutes of regulation.

Alex Smith threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tyreek Hill and a 2-point conversion pass to tight end Demetrius Harris with 12 seconds left to tie it at 24.

In Cleveland, Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr. and Jason Pierre-Paul returned a fumble for a TD as the New York Giants extended their winning streak to six with a 27-13 victory that kept the Browns winless.

Manning had three TD passes. They don't overwhelm anyone, but the Giants (8-3) do just enough to win and are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since winning the Super Bowl in 2011.

Manning threw a 32-yard TD pass to Beckham in the second quarter and added a 4-yarder to the star wide receiver with 5:10 left to finally put away the Browns (0-12), who have lost 15 in a row since last season.

In other games, Tampa Bay won 14-5 at home to Seattle, Oakland beat the visiting Carolina 35-32, New England won 22-17 at the New York Jets to become the first original AFL franchise to post 500 wins, and Atlanta won 38-19 at home to Arizona, who are now in danger of missing the post-season.

San Diego won 21-13 at Houston, Tennessee won 27-21 at Chicago, New Orleans won 49-21 at home to the Los Angeles Rams, Miami won 31-24 at home to hand San Francisco a franchise-record 10th consecutive loss, Baltimore beat the visiting Cincinnati 19-14, and Buffalo won 28-21 at home to Jacksonville.

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