Denver Broncos Clinch Home Field Advantage Throughout AFC Playoffs

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On paper, it looked next to impossible for the Denver Broncos to get home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. To do so, they would need to not just win against San Diego (not that difficult), but have the 5-10 Miami Dolphins pull the monumental upset over the New England Patriots.

Denver will need to buy Miami a muffin basket this offseason after the outcome of Sunday’s games.

Earlier in the day, Miami kept Tom Brady in control the entire game, and rookie DeVante Parker came up big with a 100+ yard and one touchdown receiving day, including this deep pass to set up the game winning score:

DeVante Parker is causing problems for the Patriots secondary. 46-yard, how-did-he-catch-that problems. #NEvsMIA https://t.co/sjxmu8r3W1

— NFL (@NFL) January 3, 2016

With the 20-10 Dolphins win, all Denver needed was to handle their own business. It turned out to be tougher than expected, as the Broncos turned to their backup quarterback in the second half … a guy by the name of Peyton Manning:

First Peyton Manning throw? First down. He’s back. #SDvsDEN https://t.co/awcX3kaWhz

— NFL (@NFL) January 3, 2016

Peyton Manning’s first series: 2/2, 20 yards TOTAL DRIVE: 8 plays, 80 yards, TD pic.twitter.com/AzP1W64mbs

— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 3, 2016

With the game tied at 20 in the fourth, Denver came up with the interception … and one play later, Ronnie Hillman was in the end zone to give the Broncos the lead:

Ronnie Hillman 23 yard TD run. Broncos lead 27-20. #DENvsSD pic.twitter.com/BQaA8rpanD

— NFL (@NFLIive) January 4, 2016

It will be the fourth straight season that the Broncos and Patriots are the top two seeds in the AFC Playoffs.

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