Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/31/12

Garrett Ellwood

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Mile-High Defense Sets the Tone
The Broncos defense finished the regular season tied for a league best with 52 sacks.

Recap: 38-3 Win Clinches AFC's Top Seed
The Broncos defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 38-3 Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Eleven Wins Later
The Broncos have come a long way since starting off 2-3 in their first five games.

No. 1 Seed Broncos Prepare for Postseason
Denver's win against the Kansas City Chiefs locked the club into the AFC's No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Manning Caps ‘Historic’ Regular Season
Quarterback Peyton Manning concluded his regular season with yet another 300-yard passing performance Sunday.

Decker and Thomas Wow The Crowd
Receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas made spectacular touchdown catches on Sunday.

Denver Broncos Videos

Broncos Win 11th Straight - ESPN Video - ESPN
Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Broncos past the Chiefs 38-3.

Sunday Blitz: Chiefs-Broncos Recap - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Broncos' 38-3 win over the Chiefs.

Many Firings Expected Monday - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter expects to see many firings in the NFL after the regular season ends.

Peterson Falls Short, Vikings Make Playoffs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adrian Peterson rushed for 199 yards and combined for two touchdowns to lead the Vikings past the Packers 37-34.

Spurlock Returns Opening Kick For TD In Chargers' Win - ESPN Video - ESPN
Micheal Spurlock returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to help the Chargers hold off the Raiders.

Reports: Reid Out In Philly - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton discusses the reports that Andy Reid will be fired tomorrow by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sunday Blitz: Raiders-Chargers Recap - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Chargers' 24-21 win over the Raiders.

Sources: NFL Teams Eye Bill O'Brien - ESPN Video - ESPN
Chris Mortensen discusses the possibility of Bill O'Brien leaving Penn State and returning to the NFL.

Oregon DE Dion Jordan - ESPN Video - ESPN
Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan talks about the Kansas State offense, former Ducks player Chris Harper, the defense finally getting respect this season and his NFL prospects.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Denver Broncos NFL playoff tickets on sale Monday with prices
Fresh off a 38-3 blowout of Kansas City — one that earned the Broncos the AFC’s No. 1 seed for the playoffs — the team announced that tickets for Denver’s opening playoff game will go on sale Monday at noon.

Peyton Manning carries Broncos past Chiefs, Denver has No. 1 seed for playoffs - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Now that his remarkable comeback has completed its regular-season portion, perhaps the legacy of Peyton Manning should be revisited.

What they said: Broncos' Champ Bailey wants more for NFL playoffs - The Denver Post
The Denver Broncos trounced the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday for a 34-12 victory. It earned them the AFC's No. 1 seed for the NFL playoffs. Here's what players and coaches said after the game.

Opposite Peyton Manning, Broncos defense holding up its bargain - The Denver Post
The free-agent signing of quarterback Peyton Manning in March got everybody in the Broncos organization excited, if not turning somersaults.

Mark Kiszla: Road to Super Bowl runs through Peyton Manning's house - The Denver Post
The road to the Super Bowl runs through Peyton Manning's house.

Broncos receivers Thomas, Decker shining for Peyton Manning - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Demaryius Thomas leaped to where seemingly no receiver had leaped before at the Broncos' home stadium.

Broncos fans reveling in Denver's ascent to top of NFL playoff seeding - The Denver Post
During the frigid final minute late Sunday afternoon, seemingly everyone remaining at Sports Authority Field at Mile High was comfortable.

Broncos notes: Denver coaches get tough again on fumbles - The Denver Post
Broncos coaches are tough on fumblers. Knowshon Moreno found out the hard way after he fumbled in Game 2 at Atlanta — the Denver running back didn't get a uniform the next eight games.

Denver Broncos defeat Kansas City Chiefs, clinch AFC's top playoff seed - NFL.com
Peyton Manning figured one one-handed catch deserved another.

Broncos earn home-field advantage, Chiefs earn first overall pick | ProFootballTalk
The road to the Super Bowl in the AFC goes through Denver. And the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft goes to Kansas City.

Wrap-up: Broncos 38, Chiefs 3 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at the Denver Broncos' 38-3 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in a meaningful AFC West finale

Division News

Much left to do in the AFC West - ESPN
Let’s look at some of the big AFC West developments Sunday:

Chargers’ Takeo Spikes, Raiders’ Mike Goodson ejected | ProFootballTalk
A meaningless game in San Diego heated up in the second quarter when Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes and Raiders running back Mike Goodson got into a fight, setting off a skirmish involving several players.

Chargers send Norv Turner off with a win over the Raiders | ProFootballTalk
In what is widely expected to be head coach Norv Turner’s final game in San Diego, the Chargers concluded their disappointing 2012 season by beating the even more disappointing Raiders.

Norv Turner knows his San Diego Chargers stint is over - NFL.com
Norv Turner isn't stupid. He has known for weeks that his time with the San Diego Chargers is done, and he won't pretend otherwise.

Schefter: Chargers don't want Andy Reid - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Andy Reid will not be coaching in his native Southern California, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter: Chiefs mulling big change - AFC West Blog - ESPN
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday that he expects the Kansas City Chiefs to fire coach Romeo Crennel.

Wrap-up: Chargers 24, Raiders 21 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at two teams ending disappointing seasons:

What will the Chiefs do with No. 1 pick? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock.

Coaching Carousel

NFL head coach tracker: What changes are coming? - NFL.com
A huge weekend of playoff-like games awaits Sunday. On Monday, 20 teams will start looking toward next season.

Browns have focused their search on a narrow group | ProFootballTalk
In June, when former Eagles president Joe Banner appeared on PFT Live to discuss his plans for the future, he said he intends to land with a team that requires a turnaround.

Cleveland Browns eye fresh offensive mind for coach, sources say - ESPN
People who know new Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III and CEO Joe Banner insist they are looking to provide their franchise a fresh start and a new culture, which is one reason they will fire coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert, according to sources.

Bill O’Brien landing on NFL radar screen | ProFootballTalk
Last month, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien declined to commit to remaining with the Nittany Lions, given the hypothetical possibility that the NFL will come calling. Soon, we’ll find out whether the hypothetical becomes actual.

Sparano, Edwards send postgame messages in different ways | ProFootballTalk
The Jets’ miserable season came to a miserable end in Buffalo on Sunday with a 28-9 loss that left them with a 6-10 record to show for their work this season.

Report: Lurie has already told Reid he’s fired | ProFootballTalk
As with some other coaching jobs, the Eagles’ has been all but official for weeks.

Plenty of General Managers could be in jeopardy, too | ProFootballTalk
With all the focus on head coaches whose hot seats could soon convert to a full-blown conflagration, it’s easy to forget that a fairly large number of General Managers could be getting the boot, too.

Jaguars to fire Gene Smith, Mike Mularkey’s future unclear | ProFootballTalk
Much remains uncertain about the future of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but owner Shad Khan appears to have already made one major decision: General Manager Gene Smith is out

NFL News

Wild-Card Matchups: A.F.C. - NYTimes.com
3. Texans (12-4, South) at 6. Bengals (10-6, wild card)

Wild-Card Matchups: N.F.C. - NYTimes.com
3. Packers (11-5, North) at 6. Vikings (10-6, wild card)

Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson ties Peyton Manning's rookie TD pass record - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has tied Peyton Manning's NFL record for most touchdown passes by a rookie with 26 after a third-quarter score in Sunday's 20-13 win against the St. Louis Rams.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Pagano returns as Indianapolis beats Texans 28-16 - The Denver Post
Chuck Pagano put on his dancing shoes and savored every moment of Sunday's postgame celebration.

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