Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/24/12
Week 16 featured a matchup between two teams that were going in entirely different directions. The host Denver Broncos had won their eleventh game of the year on the road against a tough Baltimore Ravens team in week 15, had clinched the AFC West title weeks ago, and now found themselves in a race to nab one of the top two playoff seeds in the AFC. With the Houston Texans recent struggles and a loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16, a win for the Broncos in week 16 would draw them even with the Texans going into the final week of the season although the Texans would remain the top seed in the AFC playoffs by virtue of a win over Denver back in week 3 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High 31 to 25.The Cleveland Browns haven’t been in the playoff discussion since hitting their bye in week 10 with a 2 win and 7 loss record. They had a chance to beat Dallas in week 11 before losing by a field goal, and then ripped off three wins in a row before losing to Washington behind their rese...
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