Broncos get title, bye and home field

The Denver Broncos got a bye with a little help from their friends. Thanks to wins by the Chiefs over the Chargers and the Bills over the Bengals, all the Broncos had to do was beat the Oakland Raiders to secure the second seed in the AFC playoffs.

Broncos Win AFC West Title - - Eddie Pells, AP
12/24/2005 - Win the AFC West, earn a well-deserved week off, embarrass the Raiders. It was the kind of day they dream about in Broncoland, the likes of which they haven't celebrated in the seven long seasons since Denver's last Super Bowl title. Jake Plummer threw for 268 yards, Mike Anderson surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the season and the Broncos closed out an undefeated season at home Saturday with a 22-3 victory over archrival Oakland. At kickoff, Denver (12-3) had already secured its first division title since 1998 thanks to San Diego's 20-7 loss at Kansas City. Cincinnati's loss to Buffalo gave the Broncos a chance to wrap up the second seed in the AFC and the first-round bye that goes with it. All that was left was to beat the Raiders (4-11) and that wound up not being too big a challenge.

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