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5 things we learned from the Broncos 16-9 win over LA on New Year’s Eve

The Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs despite the win on Sunday. Here’s what we learned.

Los Angeles Chargers v Denver Broncos Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos have been eliminated from the AFC Playoffs.

Despite the fact the Broncos beat the Los Angeles Chargers in a true barn burner at Mile High Stadium, 16-9, that’s still the case.

It’s the eighth straight season Denver will fail to qualify for the playoffs.

At least the Broncos could get a winning record for the first time since 2016.

Happy New Year, Broncos Country. Here’s what we learned.

Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs

Not to beat a dead horse, but that’s all that matters after Sunday.

The losses to the Las Vegas Raiders, Washington Commanders, New York Jets and New England Patriots sting. Oh, and those were all home losses.

One one of those games, Denver is still alive. Win two of them, they’re in contention for the AFC West.

Could have. Would have. Should have.

Lil’Jordan Humphrey showed incredible effort on his TD

What a play and effort from the Broncos receiver on that 54-yard touchdown.

Humphrey refused to go down. That’s the type of effort Denver needs from its receivers.

Stupid mistakes continue to plague the Broncos

First-and-goal from the 1-yard line followed by two stupid penalties.

That’s been the theme of the offense all season. At Denver is consistent.

Looking like Denver will have a new QB on the roster

If Sean Payton was looking for a spark from the offense with Jarrett Stidham ... he didn’t get it on Sunday.

The next quarterback of the Broncos is more than likely not on the current roster.

Let the rumors and speculation begin as to who that will be.

What will the Broncos look like in 2024?

Now that the season is over, it’s fair to wonder about other changes the organization will undergo — aside from quarterback.

General manager?


Receiver and tight end?

Denver has one game left, and it can finish above .500 for the first time since 2016. Aside from that, there’s not much else to play for, so we can look ahead.

As 2023 comes to a close, Happy New Year, Broncos Country.