NFL Playoff picture 2013: Broncos secure home field advantage

Doug Pensinger

The Broncos ensured the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC will go through the Mile High City after blowing out the Chiefs on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Patriots wrapped up the No. 2 seed and earned a first-round bye by taking care of the Dolphins.

The Denver Broncos secured home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs by virtue of their 38-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans' 28-16 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

In addition to the AFC's road to the Super Bowl going through Denver, the Broncos (13-3) will have a first-round bye along with the New England Patriots (12-4), who wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the conference with a 28-0 win over the Miami Dolphins. In two weeks, Denver will face the AFC's lowest remaining seed from the wildcard round, with the Patriots hosting the other winner.

The Texans (12-4) finished the season as the AFC's No. 3 seed, and will host the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) next week. In the other wildcard round game, the fifth-seeded Colts (11-5) will take on the conference's No. 4 seed, the Baltimore Ravens (10-6), on the road despite having a better record.

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