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Broncos earn home-field advantage, Chiefs earn first overall pick

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The road to the Super Bowl in the AFC goes through Denver. And the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft goes to Kansas City.

The Broncos defeated the Chiefs today in Denver, ensuring that they need only to win two home playoff games in order to punch a ticket to New Orleans for the Super Bowl. Denver is the AFC’s No. 1 seed, and now the Broncos will get a week off during the wild card round before hosting the Bengals, Colts or Ravens in the divisional round. The Broncos have to be considered the favorites to reach the Super Bowl in the AFC.

As for the Chiefs, they finish their season with a 2-14 record, tied with the Jaguars for the worst in the NFL this season, and because the Chiefs played an easier schedule than the Jaguars this season, they win the tiebreaker and get the first overall pick in the draft.

Today’s game in Denver was about as competitive as you’d expect from a game between the team with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and the team with the first overall pick in the draft: The Broncos jumped out to an early lead and never trailed, Peyton Manning picked apart the Chiefs’ defense, completing 23 of 29 passes for 304 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and he got big plays from receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos’ defense made life miserable for Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn. This game was a blowout.

Now it’s on to bigger and better things for the Broncos. In Kansas City they’re thinking about the draft, while in Denver they’re thinking about the Super Bowl.

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64 Responses to “Broncos earn home-field advantage, Chiefs earn first overall pick”
  1. maddenisfordorks says: Dec 30, 2012 7:08 PM

    Glad to see #18 still has it.

  2. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 30, 2012 7:11 PM

    And no clear cut choices for a franchise QB. I feel bad for the next era of Kansas City management.

  3. tdrundmc says: Dec 30, 2012 7:11 PM

    Now KC needs to get rid of Pioli so they don’t waste this pick.

  4. themanchine says: Dec 30, 2012 7:12 PM

    Geno Smith?

  5. bigzant82 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:12 PM

    BRONCOS VS PATRIOTS
    AFC CHAMPIONSHIP Game
    u heard it hear 1st unless the texans get there
    manning vs brady for the right too go back too new orleans “brady won his 1st ring there and peyton’s homecoming possibly”

  6. ghjjf says: Dec 30, 2012 7:13 PM

    If manning doesn’t win more than one game in the playoffs then he is no better than Tebow.

  7. jbaxt says: Dec 30, 2012 7:13 PM

    If Pioli is retained, this Chiefs fan is switching teams to someone more committed to winning.

    Pioli has done nothing in the 4 years he’s been here to justify a 5th year. These are all his QB’s, Manning wouldn’t even given him an interview, the big CB he let walk would’ve been a nice matchup for the big WR’s Denver has, he let Haley go fo some reason, Crennel was far worse yet was kept all year. Horrible play calling, soft defense, atrocious special teams. The thing Pioli was supposed to be good at, drafting, apparently is his worst attribute.

    Surely Hunt isn’t ignorant enough to empty his stadium for another season?

  8. phillyfreak24 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:16 PM

    They earned the 1st overall pick!? LOL

  9. denverdougz says: Dec 30, 2012 7:17 PM

    Texans are gonna be one and done. Broncos on their way to the bowl

  10. shootscuz says: Dec 30, 2012 7:17 PM

    Broncos look good! They are such a complete team. I like that all playoff games they play will be up at Mile High. Bring it Pats!

  11. beerbudsnbevo says: Dec 30, 2012 7:17 PM

    Trade it down…

    Too many holes to fill. No number one pick QB’s out there…

    Trade down and get one later.

  12. brenenostler says: Dec 30, 2012 7:20 PM

    Chiefs should just draft Manti Teo and take a chance on Vick or Flynn.

  13. bradyisbetterthanrodgers says: Dec 30, 2012 7:23 PM

    Brady vs Peyton in the afc championship game is going to be epic!

  14. texanfan62 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:23 PM

    Broncos smart organization. Texans=Stupid Organization. Should have signed Manning instead of Matt Scrubb!

  15. atwatercrushesokoye says: Dec 30, 2012 7:24 PM

    Thank you John Elway!

  16. jrebar88 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:25 PM

    THATS RIGHT! #1 BABY

  17. jbaxt says: Dec 30, 2012 7:25 PM

    Explain to me on 3rd and 3, a run or pass play for all teams, why Charles isn’t in the game? Like Daboll and Crennel are offensive masterminds all of a sudden and their reverse psycholgy of keeping their best player off the field is actually brilliant…

    Huh Piloi? Explain that… Why is my 8 year old asking me why Charles isn’t in the game, he’s freaking 8 and is smarter than your coaches…

    Keep Pioli and keep your empty seats!

  18. jbaxt says: Dec 30, 2012 7:29 PM

    I hate the Bronco’s, well that was until Pioli made my team so uncompetitive that I’m hoping they do well. I would like to know why Manning wouldn’t give Pioli an interview though. Clearly he made the better choice with Denver but why wasn’t my franchise worthy? I already hate management so I just need confirmation of the reason he didn’t come was indeed that KC’s owner/GM have no desire to win.

  19. raider23mike says: Dec 30, 2012 7:30 PM

    Manning did great taking advantage of the weak secondary’s in the AFC West. Look for that too change from both KC, DEN.

  20. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 30, 2012 7:34 PM

    Enough of mentioning Tebow and the Broncos. Last year they made it to the 2nd round after beating a declining Steelers team. This year they are the #1 seed and are already in the 2nd round if the playoffs. Tebow will probably be on his 3rd team by the start if next season. Get over it, Tebow is not a franchise quarterback.

  21. randyschwimmer7 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:35 PM

    I think the Bengals will beat Houston next week. Matt Schlob is probably the worst QB in the AFC playoffs and Flacco not far behind. Peyton Manning, home field advantage IN MILE HIGH!! What a great year. It will be Denver and Baltimore in Denver for the AFC championship. Then Denver will play Green Bay and clobber them in the Super Bowl. GO BRONCOS

  22. gpry says: Dec 30, 2012 7:35 PM

    For all the chest thumping Texans fans were doing, they slide from the #1 seed to #3? LOL… I think the Bengals are gonna beat them down

  23. denverdude7 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:35 PM

    Alone at the top !!!!!!!

    VII + XVIII = XLVII

    SUPER BOWL BOUND BRONCOS !!!!!!!

  24. steel420 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:36 PM

    Congrats Broncos! Hope you win it all and beat the Patriots on the way there.

  25. pinion8ted says: Dec 30, 2012 7:36 PM

    From a Patriot’s fan:

    Congratulations, Peyton, for showing Jim Irsay what a broken-down old quarterback you are!

    I hope Manning faces Luck in the playoffs, and schools the young man in what a true franchise quarterback looks like.

  26. 8man says: Dec 30, 2012 7:39 PM

    Well, everybody was crying, sighing “The Orange Crush is dying. No one to protect our town.”

    Powered number 7 with his new found leverage,
    he’s gonna call the Sherriff round.

  27. my2cents27 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:43 PM

    Hopefully A GREAT COACH like Andy Reid can come in and turn the Chiefs around next season like Harbaugh did with the 49ers!!

  28. westclaims says: Dec 30, 2012 7:53 PM

    Once again, if you hit the nail on the head, your post is deleted.

  29. willowy2k says: Dec 30, 2012 7:59 PM

    MVP..MVP…MVP!!!!!!!!

  30. juangargoyle says: Dec 30, 2012 8:01 PM

    Good luck with that.

  31. nockinon7sdoor says: Dec 30, 2012 8:05 PM

    Congratulations to the Broncos, Patriots, Texans, Ravens, Colts, and Bengals. Better than the rest this year. Mr. Manning for MVP?

  32. tb12eatitbitches says: Dec 30, 2012 8:07 PM

    Manning+playoffs/Brady=manning face (choke)

  33. notoriousjebus says: Dec 30, 2012 8:11 PM

    Broncos played the Cowboys in the Super Bowl 35 years ago, would be very cool to see a rematch. But I doubt Romo will be able to get it done tonight.

  34. 8man says: Dec 30, 2012 8:14 PM

    It matters not where he plays or who he plays for, Peyton Manning is always in the MVP discussion.

    Hoping a Clash of Titans occurs in Denver this coming January.

    Much respect.

    Signed,

    Lifelong Patriots fan

  35. rickrock6661982 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:15 PM

    Congrats Chiefs..now you can draft that QB who just lit up Syracuse in the Is Anyone Watching bowl?

  36. zo121179 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:16 PM

    They will draft some good kid with talent and then he’ll get wrapped up with the drug and prostitution problem KC has and destroy his life.

  37. nicepak381 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:18 PM

    Nice job Broncos, but The Patriots will be coming for you and, this time, it’s personal. Pats/Seahawks in New Orleans.

  38. electionconfidential says: Dec 30, 2012 8:29 PM

    Manning didn’t give an interview to KC for the same reason he didn’t give one to the Titans. He’s been in the AFC for fifteen years and he knows that those teams have poor organizations with incompetent owners.

    He also saw Montana slink off into obscurity in KC…

  39. denverdude7 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:30 PM

    nicepak381 says:Dec 30, 2012 8:18 PM

    Nice job Broncos, but The Patriots will be coming for you and, this time, it’s personal. Pats/Seahawks in New Orleans.
    ———————————————————-
    Not a chance nicepak381. The Patriots annual fold game will come early this year. They won’t even be making to Denver.

  40. ch1ggs says: Dec 30, 2012 8:31 PM

    Patriots/Broncos in the AFC Championship…and it’s a much different Broncos team.

  41. kuhawks2010 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:41 PM

    zo121179 says, They will draft some good kid with talent and then he’ll get wrapped up with the drug and prostitution problem KC has and destroy his life.

    What, KC is the only city in America that has crime? That is the dummest thing Ive ever read. I have lived here all my life and I could name alot worse cities than KC…..Go CHIEFS!!!

  42. manofsteel2013 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:42 PM

    Congrats Denver!! Good luck Peyton!

  43. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:47 PM

    I don’t know about the broncos. The only teams they beat that were legit were the bengals,ravens and the saints. And the ravens are slipping away anyways. Actually, Saints were pretty awful this year. The rest of their wins were very against poor teams. Their three losses were to playoff teams.

    I still don’t think they are good enough to beat a team like the patriots. Watch out for those colts.

  44. jredshoes says: Dec 30, 2012 8:59 PM

    By slinking into obscurity in KC Joe Montana led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship. No different than Peyton going to Denver at the end of his career and doing well.

  45. nodindenver says: Dec 30, 2012 9:13 PM

    Lots of Chief fans commenting about the #1 seed. Time to throw the ol golf clubs in the bed of the truck because your season is over and I guess the only reason you are on this thread because you were the latest victim. As for the Patriots fans, everybody in the Mile High City wants nothing more than to show Tommy that the Oregon Duck offense has no shot in OUR HOUSE!

  46. denverscott says: Dec 30, 2012 9:13 PM

    taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:47 PM

    I don’t know about the broncos. The only teams they beat that were legit were the bengals,ravens and the saints. And the ravens are slipping away anyways. Actually, Saints were pretty awful this year. The rest of their wins were very against poor teams. Their three losses were to playoff teams.

    I still don’t think they are good enough to beat a team like the patriots. Watch out for those colts.
    ————————————————————-
    They can only play the schedule they were dealt. They DIDN’T lose to the likes of AZ, or the Jags though. They won every game they were supposed to, swept their division, and pulled the longest winning streak of the year. If you think ANY of those feats are easy you don’t know football.

  47. nflfan1 says: Dec 30, 2012 9:23 PM

    @denverscott
    I am of the mind that you play who is on your schedule without apology, BUT beating up on Kansas City San Diego and the Raiders is just as unimpressive as beating up on Buffalo, the Jets and the Dolphins. Difference is, the Patriots beat your Broncos by ten points too and it really wasn’t as close as the score indicated. AND please don’t fall back on the excuse of “early in the season”. The Patriots played a MUCH tougher schedule than the Broncos.

  48. turboreattore says: Dec 30, 2012 9:52 PM

    where are all the great football “experts” who talked about Peyton arm strenght for several weeks? Where are the same guys talked about Denver at 7-9 if they’re lucky?

  49. jbaxt says: Dec 30, 2012 9:57 PM

    turbo, they’re with all the other experts who said my Chiefs were going to win the west. Pioli must have some good koolaid, how he still has a job or convinced the media to think his team was good is beyond me. 2-14, Championship!

  50. nicepak381 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:18 PM

    Denverdude7; Patriots annual fold game? When is the last time the Broncos even got close to a SB appearance? We came within inches of winning the thing last year and are even better this year. I know the Broncos and Pats are both much better than earlier this season and it will be a great game there, if you guys can beat the Ravens again, which won’t be easy.

  51. nodindenver says: Dec 30, 2012 10:18 PM

    Funny how at the beginning of the season the so called experts, Chief fans, Raider fans, and even Pats fans were saying that Manning would be lucky if his neck was not broke with one of the league’s toughest schedules. Now that the dust has settled and the Sheriff has lead the B’s to the number one seed, we have somehow not done it against the top opponents. This is the NFL and the Pats fans must not remember that the were on the ropes just last week and the Broncos have won eleven straight! GO BRONCOS

  52. nflfan1 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:25 PM

    @nodindenver
    I am pretty sure Pats fans remember beating YOUR Denver Broncos THIS season by ten points. Do YOU remember that?

  53. conspiralized says: Dec 30, 2012 10:26 PM

    I read that The Ficksitall Revolution Story is true. Schottenheimer will be back to coach the Chiefs in 2013. It’s been confirmed through multiple sources, including a member of the Schottenheimer family. I can’t leave a link, just put “ficksitall” in the search engine, it’s on the front page.

  54. flash1283 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:26 PM

    Denver’s defense does not match up well with NE’s offense. Denver’s LB’s are to small to handle the TE’s.

    Denver fans can talk all they want about how it’s not the same defense but it is. It’s still the same players on defense who let up 41,45 and 31 the last 3 times they played. Still the same LB’s that can’t cover.

    And please it’s a Jack Del Rio defense. Brady is 6-0 vs his teams.

  55. raymondtx says: Dec 30, 2012 10:39 PM

    Merry (bilated) Christmas Denver and New England.

    Signed Houston.

  56. nodindenver says: Dec 30, 2012 10:46 PM

    @nflfan1 and all the other Pats fans. We lost in New England in week 5 do you remember that? Since then, correct me if I am wrong, we have not lost! @nflfan again, how does your boy Brady typically do playing in Denver. Last I remember Champ Baily was taking him 90 or so to the house. Talk is talk right now but, make no mistake everybody in this snow packed cow town cannot wait to see the Pats at Mile High!

  57. willowy2k says: Dec 30, 2012 11:02 PM

    Defensive Player of the Year for Von Miller and MVP & Comeback Player of the Year for Peyton Manning would be great but I would rather see them hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans! Go Broncos!!!! LET’S DO THIS!!

  58. flash1283 says: Dec 30, 2012 11:07 PM

    nodindenver says:
    Dec 30, 2012 10:46 PM
    @nflfan1 and all the other Pats fans. We lost in New England in week 5 do you remember that? Since then, correct me if I am wrong, we have not lost! @nflfan again, how does your boy Brady typically do playing in Denver. Last I remember Champ Baily was taking him 90 or so to the house. Talk is talk right now but, make no mistake everybody in this snow packed cow town cannot wait to see the Pats at Mile High!

    0 3 —-

    Last I remember Champ Baily was taking him 90 or so to the house.

    You must have been under a rock since 2005 then.
    Last I remember Brady and the Patriots hung 45 on them in Denver

    And then 41 and 31

    Again, still the same players on that Denver defense that can’t handle Welker or the TE’s.

  59. sagatti says: Dec 30, 2012 11:23 PM

    Im confused… whats brady’s all time record against denver?

  60. nodindenver says: Dec 30, 2012 11:52 PM

    Brady is 3-6 against the Broncos and I recall a playoff loss in Denver is amongst them. It is okay Pats fans Tom, Giselle, and Wes will be able to possibly attend the pro bowl this year!

  61. larrywr400 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:05 AM

    And where are they all now? (Raider fans) Those who gave Peyton no chance. He would be lucky to last three games, couldnt play in the cold and wouldn’t do any better than Tebow. We would see 8-8 at best??? Top seed Baby!!! New England at Denver is going to be an awesome game. I’m glad were at home. Brady is deadly!

  62. patriotinvasion says: Dec 31, 2012 2:44 AM

    I have no doubt the Patriots will win the AFC Championship Game in Denver. Much respect to the old rival Peyton Manning, but their last loss was to us (31-7 Pats in the 4th qtr of that game) and their next loss will be to us.

    And with our kryptonite Giants out of the playoffs, I think the Pats will win it all in New Orleans just like they did when this run all started.

  63. richwizl says: Dec 31, 2012 10:41 AM

    Denver is definitely a great team this year; even their losses were close. I believe they will win the SB if they can get by NE; however, Getting by the Patriots is a big “if”. The Pats have weathered the storm of injuries and suspensions and, now, seem poised to turn it up a notch or two. Denver has the advantage of Mile High, always a tough place for visiting teams to win, but NE is about to go to another level, trust me. They already have the best Offense in the league and their Defense is about to be the strongest it’s been all year; Coach Bill has made the necessary adjustments. I, personally, am glad this game will be played in Denver, so fans across the world will see that The Patriots can beat ANY team, ANYwhere. I will eat humble pie and laud the Broncos if I’m wrong, but I don’t think so. The Pats are coming! See you soon.

  64. nflfan1 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:30 PM

    @nodindenver
    I am a not a Patriots fan but I am a football fan. I understand you are excited. It has been a while since your team has been relevant but calm down lady, win your first playoff game just like the Pats have to. You are getting ahead of yourself. This is the playoffs. You won’t be racking up wins against Oakland, Kansas City and The Chargers anymore. And once again, you already lost to Houston and New England. We KNOW they can beat your Broncos. We DON’T know that Denver can beat either one of them. Just going off of THIS seasons record.

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