Broncos not happy with missed penalty on Chiefs' game-winning drive

Patrick Mahomes raised his burgeoning star even higher on Monday with a fourth-quarter rally to top the Denver Broncos at Mile High.

With the Kansas City Chiefs trailing 23-20 late in the game, Mahomes led a remarkable drive that included a pair of huge third-down conversions, one with a stunning left-handed throw while Von Miller was draped on him.

Big play sets Chiefs up in scoring position

The second conversion on a third-and-seven resulted in a 35-yard gain on a downfield pass to Demetrius Harris that set the Chiefs up at the Broncos’ 11-yard line.

Play should have been blown dead

But there was a problem. That play should never have happened. The Chiefs let the play clock tick down to zero before the ball was snapped, which should have resulted in a whistle and a five-yard penalty on Kansas City.

But the whistle was not blown. Instead of what should have been third-and-12, the Chiefs were set up with a first down in the red zone.

While the refs didn’t catch the penalty, the Broncos certainly did. And they weren’t happy after the game.

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DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Patrick Mahomes (15) of the Kansas City Chiefs evades a tackle during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos. The Denver Broncos hosted the Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Eric Lutzens/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Phillip Lindsay (30) of the Denver Broncos celebrates scoring a touchdown with Garett Bolles (72) during the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Denver Broncos hosted the Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Demaryius Thomas (88) of the Denver Broncos reaches for a pass that is out of his reach during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Kansas City Chiefs won 27-23. The Denver Broncos hosted the Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos is upended after being hit by defensive back Orlando Scandrick #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter of a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on October 1, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a left-handed pass for a completion while he is hit by linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on October 1, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after a fourth quarter go-ahead touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on October 1, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Head coach Vance Joseph of the Denver Broncos talks with a referee during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Denver Broncos hosted the Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Eric Lutzens/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Running back Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs scores a fourth quarter go-ahead touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on October 1, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Patrick Mahomes (15) of the Kansas City Chiefs points to a referee during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos. The Denver Broncos hosted the Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on Monday, October 1, 2018. (Photo by Eric Lutzens/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Denver Broncos' Courtland Sutton hauls in a punt in the third quarter during Monday's football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 1, 2018 at Mile High Stadium in Denver. The Chiefs won 27-23. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt runs into the end zone for a fourth quarter touchdown as tight end Travis Kelce celebrates during Monday's football game against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 1, 2018 at Mile High Stadium in Denver. The Chiefs won 27-23. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
Denver Broncos linebacker Shaquil Barrett broke up a third down pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris in the third quarter during the game Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at Mile High Stadium in Denver. The Chiefs won 27-23. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 1: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 is congratulated by quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs after a fourth quarter Kielce touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on October 1, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Brandon Marshall: ‘How do you miss that?’

Linebacker Brandon Marshall put things succinctly on the missed call. Basically, the offending official had one job to do. And he didn’t do it.

“The ref came into the huddle and said that, you know, that that’s his one job, and he just missed it,” Marshall said. “And so one of our players was like if that’s his one job, how did he miss it? Then he tried to say that he was also looking at the quarterback.

“I don’t know man. How do you miss that? That’s crazy.”

Vance Joseph disagrees with official’s assessment

Head coach Vance Joseph took a more diplomatic, fine-repelling approach when asked if he talked about the missed call with the official.

“I did and he said he looked up and up at a zero, and the ball was gone,” Joseph said. “I disagree. I disagree.”

It was a big blown call at a critical juncture of a Monday night game. In a season defined in part by officiating controversies, add this one to the growing list.

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