What a difference a day makes! Sunday morning, the Denver Broncos were a third seed and now they control their own playoff destiny. With their terrific win over the New England in week twelve, the Broncos move into the second seed and watch the Patriots tumble down two slots to the third seed with their loss to Philly.
There's a lot of football left to be played between now and then, but the week sixteen matchup with the Bengals now looms larger than ever. Should the Broncos win their last four games, they will own the number one seed in the playoffs, home-field advantage throughout, and a first round bye. There have never been more reasons to keep the win-train going than there is now.
How about some game recaps?!
Demaryius Thomas shook off his abysmal game against the Patriots with an outstanding game against the Chargers. Welcome back, DT! Demaryius Thomas catches fire again for Denver Broncos - The Denver Post
The Osweiler/Manning debate is alive and well following the San Digeo game. As Brock racks up wins, it's going to be harder to hand the reins back to Peyton. In the eyes of many fans, there's just no going back. Manning vs. Osweiler? Broncos belong to Brock | #9NEWS #9SPORTS
The victory in San Diego didn't come without a price. Here's the latest on injuries. Injury Update: Broncos lose five players to injuries | Denver Broncos
Which was more offensive? Von Miller's cologne or the constant pressure he and the Denver defense applied to Philip rivers? The Denver Broncos defense weren't fans of Philip Rivers' trash talking | Mile High Sports
How did the Broncos beat the bolo-tie? Their game was a mental one. Broncos defense on stifling Philip Rivers: 'You want to get in his head' | Denver Broncos
Broncos PR guru Jim Saccomano took a queue off of Denver's win against the Patriots last week and detailed a bunch of great wins in his 'Sunday Sacco.' Sundays with Sacco: Amazing finishes recall great Broncos games | Denver Broncos
The New England Patriots dropped from first to third seed in the playoff race with their loss on Sunday. Loss drops New England Patriots behind Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos in AFC standings
As usual, Bill Belichick didn't have much to say about the loss or anything else. Belichick doesn’t have much to say about surprise onside drop kick | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs continued their win streak and took out the Raiders on Sunday. Fourth-quarter interceptions propel Chiefs in comeback victory over Raiders | ESPN
The Buffalo Bills are still alive in the playoff race after their win over the Texans. Tyrod Taylor slays Texans, keep Bills in wild-card hunt - NFL.com
For the Jets' Brandon Marshall, it was personal. Be careful when you insult another man's wife... To be fair this is the same woman that stabbed Marshall when he played with the Miami Dolphins. Marshall says issue with Jenkins was personal | ProFootballTalk
The Carolina Panthers remain undefeated at 12-0. Panthers stay perfect at 12-0, beat Saints in a wild one | ProFootballTalk
I was a little shocked that the Vikings were beaten so handily by the Seattle Seahawks. Running back Adrian Peterson had something to say about it. Adrian Peterson not pleased with number of carries after Minnesota Vikings' loss to Seattle Seahawks | ESPN
Poor Chicago Bears. They lost again. This time to Blaine Gabbert and the 49ers. Blaine Gabbert's 71-yard TD pass lifts 49ers to OT win - NFL.com
Poor Matt Schaub. It wasn't too long ago that Joe Mays took off part of his ear in an illegal and historic hit. On Sunday, the Ravens may have skirted the concussion protocol by allowing him back into the game after he banged his head on the turf. NFL to look into Baltimore Ravens' handling of concussion protocol with QB Matt Schaub | ESPN
The Pittsburgh Steelers trounced the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football. So much for old timer Matt Hasselbeck's win streak. Sunday Night wrap-up: Steelers can go wide with anyone | ProFootballTalk