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AFC playoff scenarios 2013: Denver Broncos close to clinching No. 1 spot

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AFC playoff scenarios for 2013 adjusted a bit on Sunday (Dec. 22). The updated 2013 AFC playoff standings give the Denver Broncos a real push toward clinching the No. 1 overall seed. With a 37-13 win over the Houston Texans, the Broncos moved to 12-3 and clinched the AFC West title. The Kansas City Chiefs lost, meaning they will become the No. 5 seed and first wild card team no matter what.

The battle for the No. 2 seed has become really intense, but with the New England Patriots beating up on the Baltimore Ravens in the first half, that could give the Patriots a very secure hold on the first round bye. The Cincinnati Bengals won again, keeping first place in the AFC North and the No. 3 seed. The Indianapolis Colts also won again, keeping pace with the Bengals and holding on to that No. 4 seed and having already clinched first place in the AFC South.

The Baltimore Ravens losing to New England would keep the wild card hopefuls pretty interested. There are several 2013 AFC playoff scenarios that could knock the Ravens out of that No. 6 slot. A win by the San Diego Chargers over the Oakland Raiders would leave three teams at 8-7 and bring in quite a few interesting tie-breakers. If all three teams are 8-7, the Dolphins take over that sixth seed with a path to the postseason right in front of them. If the Chargers lose to the Raiders, then Baltimore keeps the No. 6 seed.

2013 AFC Playoff Standings (Current)

1. Denver Broncos (12-3)

2. New England Patriots (10-4)

3. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5)

4. Indianapolis Colts (10-5)

5. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)

6. Baltimore Ravens (8-6)

7. Miami Dolphins (8-7)

8. San Diego Chargers (7-7)

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8)

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