Tight end Kelce racked up 136 receiving yards alongside his touchdown, putting his tally for the season at over 1,000 yards.
Fifteen of the Chiefs’ 22 points were scored by kicker Harrison Butker alone.
Additionally, on the defense, All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu had a standout game with two interceptions, including one to end the game as the Broncos marched down field in the dying seconds of the final quarter.
Curiously, the Chiefs had a touchdown ruled out in the second quarter after officials incorrectly believed the ball had touched the ground as Tyreek Hill caught it in the endzone. Had the call been challenged by head coach Andy Reid, their margin of victory would have been far more evident.
Saints marching on and record-breaking Rodgers
Elsewhere in the league, the absence of Drew Brees has failed to halt the Saints’ march to the playoffs. After victory against the Atlanta Falcons, the 10-2 Saints are the first team in the NFC to seal a berth in the playoffs.
Saints quarterback Taysom Hill had two passing touchdowns alongside 83 rushing yards against the Saints’ bitter rivals. Hill has been referred to as the “Swiss Army Knife” quarterback owing to the multitude of ways he has been employed by the Saints across not just the offense, but the defense and special teams too.
In doing so, Rodgers became the quickest player to do so, reaching the milestone in only 193 games. The previous record holder, Brees, had taken another 12 games to break 400.
Rodgers also became the first quarterback to have five 35-touchdown seasons.
In his characteristic wry but humble fashion, Rodgers played down his achievements after the game.
The other surprise of Sunday was the Cleveland Browns bringing up their ninth win of the season, guaranteeing a winning record for the season.
The team have only done so three times since 1990, and have only reached the playoffs twice in that time. At 9-3, the Browns have the third best record in the AFC, and joint-fourth best across the entire NFL, giving them an excellent chance of making the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
If they can win two of their remaining four games, they will have their best season record since 1994.
Jets celebrate tank
The Browns will feel good about their chances of a historic season finish; in one of their four remaining games they will face the 0-12 New York Jets.
The Jets nearly had their first win of the season on Sunday, in a tightly fought game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Down by four, with 13-seconds left on the clock, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw a “Hail Mary” pass that was caught by rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III to win the game.
The Jets played a “zero blitz” defense, committing eight of 11 defenders to chasing the quarterback rather than defending the endzone.
After the game, Jets safety Marcus Maye criticized coaching staff for the play call.