Entries in AFC West (4)


Broncos Kick Their Way to 4th Straight AFC West Title

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Connor Barth kicked five field goals, and Peyton Manning threw for 233 yards and a touchdown while playing with flu-like symptoms, to lead the Denver Broncos past the San Diego Chargers 22-10 Sunday.

The win clinches Denver (11-3) its fourth straight AFC West title.

The Broncos are currently tied with the New England Patriots for the best record in the AFC, but the Pats hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

“We’re one step closer,” Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “Obviously we’ve got a playoff berth now and in order to win it all we have to make the playoffs and that’s something that we did. We’re excited but we’ve still got two more games left on the schedule and we’re watching New England close and obviously we want to clinch home-field advantage but we just have to continuously handle business.”

Manning had to take four bags of intravenous fluid between Saturday night and Sunday morning, and while he wasn't perfect, he was still effective. He even extended his NFL record to 14 seasons with 4,000 passing yards.

"He went out there and battled," Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, who rushed for 89 yards, said of Manning. "He battled the Chargers' D, battled the crowd, battled the adversity and battled himself. That's a lot of battles going on in one man's lifetime right now. But he went out there and overcame it and helped us out with a `W' today."

The Chargers (8-6) dropped out of the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs with the loss.

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Broncos Take Control of AFC West with Win Over Chiefs

Steve Nehf/The Denver Post(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) --  Peyton Manning is sure fun to watch, isn't he?

The Denver Broncos quarterback threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns, including four to Eric Decker, as his team rallied to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35 to 28 on Sunday.

With the win, the Broncos (10-2) have moved one game ahead of the Chiefs for sole possession of first place in the AFC West.

"It was a great, gritty effort on the road," said interim coach Jack Del Rio.  Del Rio coached the Broncos to a 3-1 record while John Fox was recovering from heart surgery.  Fox is due back Monday.

Kansas City jumped out to an early 21-0 lead before Denver answered with 28 straight points.  Alex Smith passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns.

"Hard-fought game," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "Two good football teams playing each other, and it came right down to the end."

The Chiefs (9-3) have now lost three-straight.

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Peyton Manning's Great Season Comes to an End

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER) -- It what was one of the greatest NFL comeback stories in recent years, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos ride ended on Saturday after their 38-35 double overtime loss to the Ravens at home.  Manning led the Broncos to the No. 1 seed in the AFC after undergoing four neck procedures during the offseason.

Manning threw an interception in Denver's second possession of overtime, after throwing across his body to the middle of the field, which landed in Ravens cornerback Corey Graham's hands.   Baltimore would run five plays before Justin Tucker won the game with a game winning field goal.

"I accomplished a lot more this year than I certainly thought I would have," said Manning.  "I think this team exceeded its expectations as well.  We really didn't know what to expect from this team."

Manning rolled off 11 straight wins in the regular season to secure the top spot in the AFC, but will have the rest of the offseason to prepare for another playoff run in 2013.

"I think the more you put in, that's why it does hurt," said a disappointed Manning.  "Everybody's hurt in that locker room because guys really have worked hard this season.  Certainly, it does sting."

Denver finished 13-3 in Manning's first season and was 7-1 at Mile High Stadium.  With the rest of the AFC West still looking to improve, there is no reason Manning won't be back in the same position come next year.

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NFL Preview: Chargers @ Raiders

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(OAKLAND) --  The Oakland Raiders (8-7) will play what could be their final game of the season at home against AFC West Division rival San Diego Chargers (7-8).

The Raiders come into the game having beat the Chargers three games in a row.

If Oakland wins, they would still need the Broncos to lose to the Chiefs to win the AFC West. 

The Raiders could possibly still get in as a wild card if: Cincinnati loses to Baltimore with either the New York Jets winning over Miami or Tennessee losing to Houston.

"The promise I made to this football team is we are going to play as hard as we can play and take care of our business," said Raiders head coach Hue Jackson when asked about scoreboard watching on Sunday.  "When the game is over then we will find out exactly where things are."

If Oakland were to get in, it would be their first trip to the playoffs since their 2002 AFC Championship season.

The Chargers, who are looking towards 2012, still want to end their season on a high note.

"You want to win your last game.  We want to stop the three-game losing streak we have against them," said Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

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