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Denver’s first-round pick will be determined after its playoff run is over. The highest it can pick is No. 21.

The Denver Broncos followed a well-worn script of their recent history, collapsing at the end of the season for the third time in four years.

Denver Broncos right guard Chris Kuper is out for the playoffs after suffering an ugly dislocated left ankle in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to the Denver Post.

The Steelers really could've used a first-round bye as it seems they will be limping into Denver for wild-card weekend.

With the regular season coming to an end, the NFL’s playoff schedule has been set.

The Denver Broncos should be embarrassed. The Oakland Raiders should be ashamed of themselves.
Denver Broncos Video

Broncos vs. Chiefs: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks about Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Chiefs and winning the AFC West.

Sounds from the Locker Room
Players react after Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Chiefs; talk about winning the AFC West and making the playoffs.

Broncos vs. Chiefs: BTV Highlights
Field level highlights and 850 KOA broadcast audio from Sunday's 7-3 loss to Kansas City.

Perloff: Broncos' division title doesn't mean much - Video - SI.com
Perloff: Broncos' division title doesn't mean much.

NFL Videos: Chiefs muff catch
00:36 – Chiefs DB Javier Arenas loses the ball on a punt catch and it's recovered by Broncos WR Matthew Willis to set up a Broncos FG.

NFL Videos: Has Tebow's magic run out?
05:45 – Tim Tebow has followed six consecutive wins with two ugly losses down the stretch, but which Tim Tebow will show up against Kyle Orton and the Chiefs on Sunday?

Denver Broncos News

NFL Game Center: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos - 2011 Week 17
Tim Tebow still can't beat Kyle Orton on the football field.

Broncos, Texans Host NFL First-Round Playoff Games After Losing Streaks - Bloomberg
The Denver Broncos and Houston Texans will host first-round playoff games even though they both ended the National Football League’s regular season with three-game losing skids.

NFL.com news: For playoff success, Tebow needs to own final quarter again
The chants ignited precisely on point. They swept through the stadium as the buzz began to grow and spines started to straighten.

Notebook: Broncos Rush into Record Books
The Broncos, led by Willis McGahee, set a single-season record for rushing yards; The defense steps up; Injuries cast a shadow.

A Fresh Start
The Broncos closed the season with three straight losses, but the team knows it has an opportunity to right the ship and make some noise now that the postseason has arrived.

Loss Hurts, But Playoffs Loom
Despite a 7-3 loss to the Chiefs in the regular season finale, the Broncos are headed back to the postseason for the first time since 2005.

Chris Kuper of Denver Broncos breaks leg against Kansas City Chiefs - ESPN
The Denver Broncos lost two offensive starters in the first half of their 7-3 loss to Kansas City when right guard Chris Kuper broke his left leg and fullback Spencer Larsen hurt his knee.

Source -- Pittsburgh Steelers fear Rashard Mendenhall tore right ACL - ESPN
The Pittsburgh Steelers fear starting running back Rashard Mendenhall tore the ACL in his right knee during Sunday's 13-9 win over the Cleveland Browns, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos - Recap - January 01, 2012 - ESPN
Even in defeat, Tim Tebow came out a winner. Tebow fell short in his latest comeback bid, yet his Denver Broncos still made it the playoffs Sunday.

Chiefs 7, Broncos 3: Three Observations
Three observations from the Broncos’ 7-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High here Sunday:

Chiefs 7, Broncos 3: By the Numbers
Notable numbers and notes in the wake of the Broncos’ 7-3 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs

Broncos vs. Steelers in NFL AFC playoffs, here the ticket info | First-and-Orange
By virtue of the San Diego Chargers beating the Oakland Raiders, the Broncos backed into the playoffs Sunday despite their loss to the Chiefs.

Tebow’s turnover troubles continue | First-and-Orange
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow lost a fumble in the second quarter today against the Chiefs, his sixth lost fumble of the season.

LeGrand a popular guy in Broncos locker room | First-and-Orange
Eric LeGrand was just a child when he found his football idol: Denver running back Terrell Davis.

Kiszla: Even after ugly loss, Broncos can't shake the mystique - The Denver Post
Maybe this is the miracle of Tim Tebow: The Broncos win, even when they lose, lose, lose.

Denver Broncos fans leave stadium with mixed emotions - The Denver Post
As Sports Authority Field at Mile High emptied Sunday, the mood was somewhere between victory and defeat, or perhaps satisfaction and disappointment.

Woody Paige: Broncos picked the wrong way to win the AFC West - The Denver Post
For six years, the Broncos wanted to return to the playoffs in the worst way.

Kyle Orton enjoys defeating the Broncos - The Denver Post
The look on Kyle Orton's face as he ran down the ramp from the field to the Kansas City Chiefs' locker room at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday said it all.

Denver Broncos lose to Kansas City Chiefs, still slide into playoffs - Boulder Daily Camera
Tim Tebow has always done things the unorthodox way. Making the playoffs was no different.

Tim Tebow, Broncos moving backward at absolute worst time; more Snaps - Don Banks - SI.com
Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos are going to the playoffs as the AFC West champions, but this clearly isn't the same fairy tale we thought we were witnessing a few weeks back.

Chiefs Avoid Tebow Time And Beat Broncos, 7-3 - Arrowhead Pride
Like the 2009 season the Kansas City Chiefs have ended the season on a high note by beating the Denver Broncos and potentially knocking them out of the playoffs. KC completed the game, 7-3. Low scoring, ugly, defensive, whatever you want to call it. They got it done.

Broncos live: Tim Tebow vs. Kyle Orton, with NFL playoffs on the line - The Denver Post
Way back on Sept. 12 when this season began, Broncos fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High clamored for Tim Tebow at quarterback instead of Kyle Orton.

Tebow tracker: Broncos QB goes against K.C.'s Orton in Denver - The Denver Post
Behind Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos on Sunday had a chance to clinch the AFC West title and an NFL playoff berth. But Kyle Orton and the Kansas City Chiefs were looking to win their season finale.

NFL News

Brees, Brady, Stafford Join 5,000-Yard-Club | Pro Player Insiders
In the history of the NFL, only Dan Marino in 1984 and Drew Brees in 2008 had passed for more than 5,000 yards in a season.

Chargers keep Raiders out of NFL playoffs - The Denver Post
Oakland was rallying, the Broncos were losing and the Raiders had the San Diego Chargers backed up inside the 1 midway through the fourth quarter.

Real Hope for the New Year | Pro Player Insiders
In the NFL, the last week of the season brings a couple different scenarios: Your team is either looking to finish on a high note with a win or they’re battling for their playoff lives.

Jared Allen notches 22 sacks, franchise record | National Football Post
Minnesota Vikings defensive end ends the season just .5 sack short of Michael Strahan’s single season record with 22 sacks.

Steelers RB hurts knee | National Football Post
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall left Sunday’s game early against the Cleveland Browns with a knee injury.

NFL Week 17 Rewind | National Football Post
2. Tebow, Broncos back into the playoffs:

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