AFC West: The Denver Broncos Back into the Playoffs with Raiders Loss

Erick FernandezCorrespondent IIJanuary 1, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos scrambles and tries to elude linebacker Derrick Johnson #56 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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After the Denver Broncos started the season at 1-4 with Kyle Orton under center, Broncos fans wanted a change at the quarterback position.

Denver then put Tim Tebow in at quarterback following their bye in Week 6.

When the Broncos were able to pull off seven wins in eight games many people began to sing Tebow's praise.

These intense Tebowites only focused on his late-game heroics and decided to disregard the glaring weaknesses in his game.

They ignored the anemic offense, his poor mechanics and inability to hit open receivers.

The Broncos continued to lose their next two games which included a shellacking to the struggling Buffalo Bills in Week 16.

Denver and Tebow, despite all their inconsistencies, were still in control of their own destiny heading into their Week 17 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In another terrible showing, Tebow went 6-22 for 60 yards. He had a completion percentage of 27, a QB rating of 20.6 and when it came to crunch time he couldn't pull off that "Tebow magic."

Fortunately for the Broncos, the Oakland Raiders were not able to take care of business against the San Diego Chargers.

So now Denver finds themselves in the playoffs after their rollercoaster season, but they have a tough task at hand with their game next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A very hard-nosed Pittsburgh defense is the last thing that Tebow and the Broncos' struggling offense needed, but that's exactly what they're going to get.


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