Bills 30, Broncos 23: How the AFC West Wasn't Won

Josh Alper

by Josh Alper

It's funny how an NFL season can play out. When the Broncos and Chargers played in Week Two, the game was decided on one of the worst refereeing calls in NFL history. One of the many (printable) things that people said was how awful it would be if the Chargers wound up missing out on the playoffs because of that call. No Broncos were quoted as saying that, but, based on the way they've steadfastly refused to win the AFC West, some of them must feel that way.

Because they are so giving, the Broncos must now go to San Diego and play the Chargers for a spot in the playoffs. The division title and the Week Two debacle give plenty of heft to the game, not to mention the long-simmering feud between Philip Rivers and Jay Cutler, which makes it a lot easier to ignore the fact that neither team has proven themselves particularly worthy of a postseason slot this season.

The Broncos certainly didn't today. They couldn't beat a Bills team with nothing to play for today even though they racked up 532 total yards on offense, 260 more than they allowed the Bills. The Broncos, who led 13-0 at one point, made every mistake in the game, however. They missed a field goal, fumbled to set up a Buffalo score and, most damning, Cutler threw a pick to Kawika Mitchell on the Buffalo goal line to erase a chance at a game-tying score.

Bills 30, Broncos 23: How the AFC West Wasn't Won originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Sun, 21 Dec 2008 19:55:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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