The road to the Super Bowl officially runs through Denver now.
The Broncos clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC after an uphill battle all season long. It took an 11-game winning streak and the Texans losing three of their final four games in order to make it happen, but after seeming like a distant reality just two weeks prior, the Broncos have locked into the No. 1 seed and will host a playoff game on Divisional Round weekend.
The Broncos dominated the Chiefs – as they have most of their opponents for the past 11 games – by strutting their offense and defensive superiority throughout all 60 minutes. Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's record for most three TD+ games in NFL history with his 72nd such game. Opposing quarterback Brady Quinn was held to just 49 yards and the Broncos stymied the Chiefs' offensive attack in defeating them 38-3.
Denver dominated the time of possession battle, slowly and methodically driving down the field while wearing down the Chiefs' defense as the Broncos offense has done so well throughout 2012. The Broncos enter the postseason as the only NFL team ranking in the top five in both offense and defense. Denver is No. 2 in scoring averaging 30.1 points per game, while ranking fourth in defense allowing just 18.1 points per game.
The Broncos will host the lowest remaining seed on January 12th at 4:30 EST in the first Divisional Round Playoff game of the weekend. The Broncos enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed for the first time since 1998.
The Broncos were the second-worst team in the NFL in 2010 and just two years later they represent the AFC as the conference's best team.
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