The game was way more stressful than most expected but the result is still glorious.
The Denver Broncos won another AFC West title on Sunday and clinched the No. 1 seed for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
This is becoming old hat for this franchise. This is now the fifth-straight divisional championship for the Broncos. It is only the second time in the history of the division a team has pulled this feat dating back to 1970. The other is the Oakland Raiders who did it from 1972-76.
This also marks the 15th AFC West title for the Broncos, the most in the history of the division.
|AFC West Standings 2015|
|2.||Kansas City Chiefs||11-5||5-1|
|4.||San Diego Chargers||4-12||0-6|
The Kansas City Chiefs had a chance, but even their win over the Oakland Raiders for 10 in a row wasn't enough to get them their first AFC West crown since 2010.
Both Denver (12-4) and Kansas City (11-5) will head into the playoffs - the Broncos with a first-round bye and the Chiefs heading to Houston to face the Texans.
The Raiders finished third in the division with a 7-9 record. It's the first time since 2011 Oakland won more than four games. In both 2010 and 2011 the Raiders finished 8-8. The hope in the Bay Area is this is a step in the right direction for a team that has been awful the last decade.
Speaking of the right direction, that did not happen for the San Diego Chargers in 2015. Prior to the season, most predicted they would give the Broncos the biggest challenge in the division.
Not exactly how it played out since San Diego finished 4-12 and the tenure of Mike McCoy is now in jeopardy. It's the organization's worst season since 2003 when it finished 4-12.
With the regular season now in the books, the Broncos have checked off their first and second goals - with the AFC West and get a bye.
Now onto the next.