The Broncos completed yet another convincing victory, this time over the hapless 5-10 Cleveland Browns. The Broncos defeated the Browns 34-12 and head into the final week of the regular season controlling their own destiny for the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and also having a chance at clinching home-field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs.
What were some notable news pieces from Sunday's victory?
- Denver won their 10th straight game on Sunday. It is the longest winning streak in the NFL and it matches the second-longest winning streak in franchise history. It matches the mark set in 1984, when John Elway was in his second year as quarterback of the Broncos.
- The Broncos can clinch the No. 2 seed with a victory next week. However, if the Texans lose at Indianapolis in Week 17 and the Broncos defeat the Chiefs at home, Denver would then be the AFC's No. 1 seed and have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
- The Broncos scored 34 points vs. the Browns. It was the 10th time this season that Denver has scored at least 30 points.
- The Broncos are the only team in the NFL with both a top five offense and top five defense. Entering Week 16, the Broncos had the second-best offense and the fifth-best defense in the NFL. Denver's offense is scoring 29.5 points per game while the defense is allowing 19.1 points per game.
- Peyton Manning passed Jake Plummer and John Elway for second on the single-season passing yardage mark in Broncos franchise history. Jay Cutler holds the mark of 4526 yards set in 2008. Manning is 172 yards away from breaking it. The lowest total Manning has thrown for all season long was for 204 yards in the 34-17 victory over Baltimore in Week 15.
- Tracy Porter was in for three snaps and suffered a concussion in his first game back. Porter last played in Week 5 at New England before suffering seizure symptoms leading up to the Week 6 game in San Diego.
- The Broncos have been the No. 1 seed in the playoffs five times in franchise history (1977, 1987, 1989, 1996 and 1998). Of the five times that they've been the top seed, they have won the Super Bowl just one time – in 1998. In 1996, they were upset by the second-year Jacksonville Jaguars in Mile High in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
- As the second seed in the playoffs, the Broncos have accomplished this four different times in franchise history (1984, 1986, 1991 and 2005). Only once as the No. 2 seed have the Broncos made it to the Super Bowl – in 1986, where they lost to the New York Giants.
- You can check out my article on Bleacher Report on why the Broncos are the team to beat in the AFC entering the postseason.
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