Updating the NFC playoff picture

While the AFC playoff field is mostly set, with only one spot available, and seeding yet to be determined, the NFC is almost completely up for grabs.

Only two NFC squads (Seattle and Carolina) have clinched playoff berths, but no division titles have been claimed.

Philly (9-6) annihilated Chicago (8-7) to the tune of a 54-11 embarrassment, while Dallas (8-7) pulled off a 24-23 victory over Washington (3-12), thanks to a late touchdown from the unclutch (especially in December!) Tony Romo.

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Updating the AFC playoff picture

After 16 weeks, five of the AFC's playoff spots have been claimed, and four teams have a chance at the last Wild Card berth.

The Broncos, Colts, Pats, and Bengals own the four division crowns, while the Chiefs have the first Wild Card. Only KC has its seed - the fifth - while only the Broncos have clinched a bye.

Denver (12-3) clinched the AFCW and a first-round bye on Sunday, and can nail down HFA with a win or tie at Oakland, or a New England (11-4) loss or tie against the visiting Bills.

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Lombardi: Von thought to have knee sprain

According to CBS4's Vic Lombardi, Von Miller is believed to have suffered only a sprained knee, and not a torn ACL, as had been reported earlier..

If true, this would obviously be stellar news for the Broncos. Holding Miller out of the finale would provide him three weeks between games, with the Broncos having already clinched a first-round bye.

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Gut Reaction: Week 16 - Broncos @ Texans

In an era of passing gunslingers and greatness, nothing is supposed to surprise us any longer.

Records are broken to be made to be broken--again and again. But let's consider what Peyton Manning has just done.

51 touchdowns and counting--in a Broncos uniform, no less.

Even if he doesn't throw another touchdown all year (which he will), that's over three touchdowns a game, for sixteen games. It's breakable, but you'd better bring your rabbit's foot, a lunchbox, and an army of Pro Bowl receivers.

What's left unbroken?  The Broncos hold on the overall number one seed.

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Final Score: Broncos 37, Texans 13

With a 37-13 (Gamebook) victory over the hapless Texans (2-13), and Kansas City’s 23-7 loss to the visiting Colts, the Broncos (12-3) clinched the AFCW for the third straight season on Sunday.

It’s the first time in franchise history that Denver has won three straight division titles.

The Broncos also clinched a first-round bye in the process, and will claim home field advantage if the Patriots lose or tie at Baltimore.

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Open Thread: Sunday Week 16

Enjoy the games, and Go Ravens!

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Manning breaks single-season NFL mark for touchdown passes

Peyton Manning is the NFL's new single-season touchdown pass king.

With his fourth scoring throw of the Broncos' Week 16 game at Houston, and his 51st of the year - this a picturesque toss to Julius Thomas - Manning broke the record previously set by Tom Brady in 2007.

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Oh, F@#$: Miller out with possible ACL tear

On the Texans' sixth play from scrimmage, Von Miller went down awkwardly with an apparent knee injury, and the Broncos have already ruled him out for the rest of the game.

According to Mike Klis, the team fears it may be a torn ACL; Miller will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Commence hand-wringing, Broncos fans.

Live Blog: Broncos @ Texans

Inactives: Broncos - Wes Welker, Kayvon Webster, Derek Wolfe, C.J. Anderson, Zac Dysert, Sione Fua, Chris Kuper

Texans - Case Keenum, DeVier Posey, Andrew Gardner, Garrett Graham, Alex Kupper, Jawanza Starling, Cody White

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Game Day Limerick: Houston Texans

Let the records hit the floor, Broncos fans:

Manning is three touddowns shy of Tom

killing the league like a Tebow psalm.

It's the Texans' turn

to embrace the burn

of his fire like an atom bomb.

Give it your best.