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Broncos clinch division with win in finale over Chiefs

A fan of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow shows his t-shirt in the stands before the Broncos met the New England Patriots in their NFL football game in Denver Reuters

With two weeks left in the season, seven teams are in the playoffs. 15 other teams are alive for the other five spots.

Yes, almost 70% of the league remains in the Super Bowl hunt heading into Christmas.

The NFL will release their official playoff scenarios later. With so many teams alive, there are a ton of permutations of what can happen.

This is especially true in the AFC West, where all four teams remain alive. Let’s break it down to essentials:

The Broncos win the division if they beat Kyle Orton and the Chiefs in Week 17. This is true regardless of what Denver does in Buffalo this week.

Denver could possibly win the division this week, but that would require help from the Raiders losing in Kansas City. The Chiefs can still win the division if there is a four-way tie at 8-8.  The Chargers have a better chance at getting a Wild Card spot at 9-7 than winning the division.

Got all that?

All we know is that America deserves Kyle Orton heading into Denver in Week 17 with a chance to knock the Broncos out of the playoffs.  It would be even more delicious if Orton had a chance to play the Chiefs into the postseason.

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42 Responses to “Broncos clinch division with win in finale over Chiefs”
  1. 7pints says: Dec 19, 2011 11:40 AM

    Captain Clutch (or is it Mr Redzone) beating Denver in Denver? Not a chance.

  2. olcap says: Dec 19, 2011 11:42 AM

    Wow dude, you really hate Tebow, huh? Only reason Orton was sitting in Denver was because he wasn’t playing well. That’s what gave Tebow his shot. And you now say it would be delicious to see Orton come back and win in Denver?

  3. broncotony says: Dec 19, 2011 11:44 AM

    Go Broncos.

  4. jpb12 says: Dec 19, 2011 11:48 AM

    Is that a photo of Phil Ivey?

  5. rando74 says: Dec 19, 2011 11:52 AM

    As a Broncos fan I REALLY dont want to have to face the guy we ran 0ut of town and a potential hammer to the gut by them coming in and stealing one. So lets just let the Lions do what they do (win) and the Raiders do what they do (crumble) and wrap this thing up in Buffalo mmkay?

  6. lacharger2112 says: Dec 19, 2011 11:53 AM

    I thought I just saw a headline two weeks into the future. You can use the words “could” or “would” in there but, that would be similar to a real headline.

  7. lilrob10201 says: Dec 19, 2011 11:55 AM

    GO CHEIFS !

  8. icanspeel says: Dec 19, 2011 11:59 AM

    I love this time of year in the NFL. No guarantees and teams you thought would make the playoffs might not and teams you thought had no chance do indeed have a chance. That’s why they play the games and why I love watching.

  9. dannymac17 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:02 PM

    After watching my Bolts destroy the Ravens on SNF, I am almost positive the Chiefs, Raiders, and Broncos want no part of them. They will make a conference call among themselves brainstorming ways to keep the Chargers out.

    They have every right to be scared.

    It’s December.

  10. gmen1987 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:02 PM

    Wow, Tebow has given MF magical powers to predict the future.

  11. trbowman says: Dec 19, 2011 12:03 PM

    KC needs Buffalo to beat Denver to still have a shot.

    In other words, sorry Chiefs fans.

  12. roddytorock84 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:08 PM

    COME ON ORTON! Your a good QB you deserve a something. Now you got a chance at redemption. Go get it!

  13. duhbears says: Dec 19, 2011 12:09 PM

    delicious?

  14. hatesycophants says: Dec 19, 2011 12:11 PM

    Talk about disrespecting the flag.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  15. jjackwagon says: Dec 19, 2011 12:11 PM

    Hmmmm I notice no mention of the Dolts or the Faiders. Nice…the two teams that were written off early in the season are still in position to win the division.

  16. Broncofanatic7 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:15 PM

    Orton = Mr. I can’t get into the endzone, so we will just kick FG’s. Broncos will win. GO BRONCOS!

  17. starderup says: Dec 19, 2011 12:15 PM

    Impossible for KC to beat Denver in Denver? After yesterday, maybe not.

  18. broncotis3000 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:16 PM

    Delicious? Whatever…If it comes down to that final game the Broncos know Orton’s weakness…a strong pass rush and he will tuck and roll just like he always does.If they cant win that game they dont deserve to go to the playoffs…

  19. djp141 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:25 PM

    And you now say it would be delicious to see Orton come back and win in Denver?
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    No, he said it would be delicious if it KC played Denver with a chance to win the division. Reading is fundamental.

  20. jpost4887 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:27 PM

    Why do people feel Orton was treated badly by the Broncos? The dude played terrible in Denver and was shipped out because of it!

  21. benwantsababyruth says: Dec 19, 2011 12:28 PM

    Would love to see Kyle “the neard” Orton throttle the Denver Tebows week 17 in Denver. Chiefs winning the AFC west is an outrageous thought though.

  22. rdrs68 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:44 PM

    Why do people feel Orton was treated badly by the Broncos? The dude played terrible in Denver and was shipped out because of it!

    Kyle was treated well by the team but the so called fans being a bunch of cry baby jerk offs acted like he was being deliberately bad.

  23. stoogy says: Dec 19, 2011 12:46 PM

    raiders still gannna make playoffs

  24. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 19, 2011 12:51 PM

    And they called it, La Vendetta.

  25. kcrobert10 says: Dec 19, 2011 1:05 PM

    All I can say is if the chiefs win this thing or finish 1 game back which is very likely after coaching change massive injuries to its best players and just out right turmoil all yr ill be laughing my butt off aat the rest of the afc west and wondering how next yr they won’t be the odds on favorites to win.

  26. milehigh85 says: Dec 19, 2011 1:07 PM

    Kyle orton doesn’t have a clutch bone in his body. As of yesterday his win total for the season is an astounding 2! He’s a statue in the pocket and a choke artist in the redzone… I’d say von miller only ends up with about 9 sacks by the end of the game.

  27. kcrobert10 says: Dec 19, 2011 1:10 PM

    By the way Oakland fans ur team got its heart torn out yesterday ur done….. Even if u guys win out which u won’t u don’t hold any tie breakers .

  28. jlabenz12 says: Dec 19, 2011 1:26 PM

    last time I checked the raiders are still a game behind denver with two games to play so how are we done you idiot

  29. autumnwind999 says: Dec 19, 2011 1:36 PM

    kcrobert10 says:
    Dec 19, 2011 1:10 PM
    By the way Oakland fans ur team got its heart torn out yesterday ur done….. Even if u guys win out which u won’t u don’t hold any tie breakers .

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    Unless Orton knocks off Tebow and we win out. We’d beat Denver on division record tiebreaker. Plus we’re still alive for the wild card.

  30. stoogy says: Dec 19, 2011 1:44 PM

    raiders have tie breakr over jets….too all we need is to win out and have giants beat jets and we are in

  31. randomguy9999 says: Dec 19, 2011 2:12 PM

    Orton coming back to town after beating GB?

    can’t wait to see that…

    all Orton has got to do is put up a moderate game.. say 250 yrds, 2TDs, and 1 or 2 rushing TDs and Tebow will be embarrassed… cause he cant do that…

  32. earthtopft says: Dec 19, 2011 2:13 PM

    Orton Rises From The Ashes!

    ….and doesn’t even bother to clean himself off, or brush his hair, or shave, or change clothes.

  33. drewbo22 says: Dec 19, 2011 2:31 PM

    Tebow is a phony and here is why. After everyone of HIS close wins, when the game is over what does he do? He points both index fingers to the sky, I assume thanking God. After his loss yesterday, he never pointed to the sky thanking God. So does Tebow only gives thanks to God when things turn out in his favor? I think so and that is why I believe he is a Fake. If he truly believes in God as he wants us all to think that that he does, then he should give praise to God no matter the outcome of a game. Now mark my words, if they win next week, he will take those same index fingers and point to the sky giving thanks to God,………… this dude is a hypocrite.

  34. siaaa says: Dec 19, 2011 2:39 PM

    Denver will lose the next 2 and the Chargers will win the last 2 games including against the raiders in oakland and win the division. all the teams in the AFC West are constantly on 4-5 game wining or losing streaks. Denver is now due to lose a couple.

  35. gmen1987 says: Dec 19, 2011 2:51 PM

    drewbo22 says:
    Dec 19, 2011 2:31 PM
    Tebow is a phony and here is why. After everyone of HIS close wins, when the game is over what does he do? He points both index fingers to the sky, I assume thanking God. After his loss yesterday, he never pointed to the sky thanking God. So does Tebow only gives thanks to God when things turn out in his favor? I think so and that is why I believe he is a Fake. If he truly believes in God as he wants us all to think that that he does, then he should give praise to God no matter the outcome of a game. Now mark my words, if they win next week, he will take those same index fingers and point to the sky giving thanks to God,………… this dude is a hypocrite.

    ==================================
    DrewBo22, you are the man. Thanks for telling it like it is.

  36. awdlmd says: Dec 19, 2011 3:04 PM

    A lot of Broncos fans would secretly enjoy seeing Orton crush the Tebowmanics dreams. Those people are a cancer to the fanbase.

  37. davemeisner says: Dec 19, 2011 3:22 PM

    drewbo22 says: Dec 19, 2011 2:31 PM

    Tebow is a phony and here is why. After everyone of HIS close wins, when the game is over what does he do? He points both index fingers to the sky, I assume thanking God. After his loss yesterday, he never pointed to the sky thanking God. So does Tebow only gives thanks to God when things turn out in his favor? I think so and that is why I believe he is a Fake. If he truly believes in God as he wants us all to think that that he does, then he should give praise to God no matter the outcome of a game. Now mark my words, if they win next week, he will take those same index fingers and point to the sky giving thanks to God,………… this dude is a hypocrite.

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    Calling someone a hypocrite is a very bold statement. Maybe you should meet the guy and understand who he is for yourself instead of critiquing every single movement and gesture he makes. No human being, including yourself, has the right to judge him, especially for something as small as whether he points his fingers to the sky or not. You don’t know him, what gives you the right to judge him? Because he’s a christian? Because he built a hospital in Philippians? Or because is throwing motion isn’t perfect?

  38. kcrobert10 says: Dec 19, 2011 3:30 PM

    Oakland fans so I assume u think ur going to go 2 time zones east beat us in arrowhead on a short week then turn around and beat one of the hottest teams in the nfl. Not hgoing to happen like I said ur done.

  39. sportsdrenched.com says: Dec 19, 2011 3:39 PM

    That headline just won the AFC West for the Chiefs.

  40. jbaxt says: Dec 19, 2011 3:40 PM

    No matter what happens, Hugh Jackson remains a huge DA. 1st and 2nd rounders for a guy who couldn’t get them to the playoffs and will be retired in less than 3 years.

    Denver is on it’s way up. KC healthy will likely be the West favorite next year, and if San Diego could gain any sense of consistency they’d be pretty good too. Choakeland, enjoy the cellar with basically no draft next year. Al’s legacy lives on.

  41. clifforday says: Dec 19, 2011 4:02 PM

    Orton probably won’t be the guy who ends Denver’s season on New Year’s Day; that task will fall to Ryan Succop. He is on fire.

  42. redripper says: Dec 20, 2011 3:36 PM

    After only one game i hope some of my fellow chiefs fans don’t expect orton to light the broncos up. I like the guy but damm. As far as the divison i wanna keep denver out. Who ever wins it will be 1 and done.

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