Broncos Playoff Scenarios

The AFC playoff race boils down to the final week of the season, with Denver hanging on to the possibility of a sixth seed wild card slot. Check out the two most likely scenarios.

DENVER, Colo. - Despite the Broncos late season collapse, there is still a small ray of hope for entering the 2002 playoff race through a wild card spot. Below are the two most likely scenario's.

The common factor in both scenarios is that Atlanta must defeat or tie with Cleveland for Denver to have any possible chance. With that game scheduled to begin at 10:00 am locally the possibility remains that the Broncos could be officially eliminated before their scheduled 2:15 kickoff against Arizona.

SCENARIO 1:
Broncos defeat Cardinals
Browns lose to or tie with Falcons
Dolphins defeat or tie with Patriots
Jets lose to or tie with Packers

This scenario puts the Broncos as the No. 6 seed by virtue of winning tiebreakers with the Chiefs, Chargers or both at 9-7. The Jets and Patriots would each be no better than 8-7-1, one-half game back of Denver.

SCENARIO 2:
Broncos defeat Cardinals
Browns lose to or tie with Falcons
Patriots defeat Dolphins
Jets defeat Packers

Denver also enters as the No. 6 seed by virtue of winning tiebreakers with the Chiefs, Chargers or both at 9-7, and then winning a tiebreaker with the Patriots.

This scenario creates a three-way tie for the AFC East at 9-7 between the Jets, Patriots and Dolphins. Miami would be eliminated first due to a 2-4 division record, while the Jets and Patriots would finish with a 4-2 division record. The Jets then win the tiebreak with New England on record against common opponents (6-4 to 5-5).

The Patriots would finish ahead of Miami for second place in the East, while the Broncos would finish ahead of the Chiefs and Chargers. Denver then defeats New England by virtue of a head-to-head win on Oct. 27.


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