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Broncos earn home-field advantage with blowout in Oakland


For the second consecutive season, the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC goes through Denver.

Now the Broncos have to hope for a better postseason performance than they had last time around.

With the Broncos’ blowout win at Oakland today, they earned home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, making them the clear favorites to win conference championship. They’ll sit home next week and wait to see who their divisional round opponent will be.

Peyton Manning threw for 266 yards and four touchdowns, giving him single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55). And Manning did it all in the first half; at halftime he handed the offense over to backup Brock Osweiler.

Manning may have just completed the greatest regular season in NFL history, and he surely wrapped up his record fifth Most Valuable Player award. And now all eyes will be on him in the playoffs.