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Denver Broncos clinch play-off spot with win over Cincinnati Bengals

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The AFC play-off picture just got a whole lot more complex following the Denver Broncos dramatic 20-17 overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals tonight.

With the #1 seed New England Patriots already losing this weekend, either the 2nd or 3rd seed would be joining them on Monday night.

A grand finish

The closing moments of the Bengals trip to the Broncos tonight was filled with controversy, from Brandon McManus' missed field goal at the end of regulation, to DeMarcus Ware's fumble recovery to end the game in overtime, Denver fans had a high and low kind of night.


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The Bengals raced ahead in the game establishing a 14-3 half-time lead, but that was pretty much as good as it got for Cincinnati.

It all came down to a final play in overtime as the Bengals looked to respond to the Broncos field goal and win the game.

One big mistake would clinch a play-off berth for the Broncos as Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron botched a snap and saw the ball fly past him.

Broncos defensive line-man Ware was the first to the ball as he recovered it to ensure another high impact Broncos home win.

The match has huge implications in the AFC play-off picture now as it leaves three teams vying for the #1 seed.

Who will claim number one

With the New England Patriots currently sat at 12-3, a win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday will see them clinch the number one seed in the AFC.

A loss for New England however will open the door to Cincinnati and Denver with Denver now having the edge.

With Denver facing a home game against the 4-11 San Diego Chargers, the Broncos will surely be feeling about their chances.

Cincinnati however will need a loss for both New England and Denver before they can have a chance at the top seed and they will need to ensure a win for themselves over the Baltimore Ravens.

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