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Playoff picture: How things stand for the Broncos

You were all glued to your TV screens on Sunday night, watching and fist-pumping your way through the 49ers’ 41-34 win over the Patriots in Foxboro. With the Niners’ win, the Broncos are now locked into the AFC’s second seed.

The orange and blue, winners of nine straight, now have full control over the two seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs. All they have to do is beat Cleveland and Kansas City and they’ll have that second spot in the AFC and a home game in the divisional round of the playoffs.

But, here are some other notes on where the Broncos sit in the playoff picture as you kick start your week:

-The Broncos now can’t finish lower than third in the AFC, eliminating 9-5 Baltimore (head-to-head victory) and 9-5 Indianapolis (Denver clinched a superior divisional record) from passing them yesterday.

-The Broncos can clinch a two seed on Sunday with a home win over Cleveland and a Patriots loss at Jacksonville on Sunday.

-The Broncos can only snag the top seed in the AFC by winning out and having the 12-2 Texans lose out (Houston finishes the season vs. Minnesota and at Indianapolis)

-The Broncos – in theory – may not have to play another technical road game the rest of the season. If they win out and clinch the two seed (or possibly the one), they’re guaranteed a home game in the divisional round of the playoffs, and a win there combined with an upset in the other AFC divisional game would give the Broncos a home game in the AFC championship game as well. And then after that, it’d be off to New Orleans.

-The Broncos’ next opponents, the 5-9 Cleveland Browns, were officially eliminated from the playoffs only on Sunday.

But the main point is now the Broncos control their own destiny and can enter the postseason on – get this – an 11-game winning streak (and frankly have no excuse not to at this point).

Still a ton to watch for over the next couple of weeks.

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(and frankly have no excuse not to at this point)

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