NFL Playoff Scenarios: Denver Broncos' Postseason Odds Improving

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11: A fan displays a sign in support of quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos as they face the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bears 13-10. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos hold a one-game lead over the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West.

The Denver Broncos continued their late-season surge on Sunday with a dramatic 13-10 comeback win over the Chicago Bears in overtime. Denver rallied from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and took advantage of some good fortune to win their sixth game in a row and improve to 8-5 overall. Coupled with a loss by the Oakland Raiders, the Broncos have claimed sole possession of first place in the AFC West and are very much in control of their playoff destiny with three regular season games to play.

Elsewhere in the AFC playoff picture, four teams improved to 10-3 with wins on Sunday: the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans. If the playoffs started today, Denver would be the No. 4 seed behind division leaders New England, Baltimore and Houston. Pittsburgh (10-3) and the New York Jets (8-5) own the wildcard slots, while Oakland, Tennessee and Cincinnati are in the picture but need help down the stretch.

Over in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers have clinched playoff spots; the Packers improved to 13-0 on Sunday while the Packers and Saints are 10-3.

Here are the current playoff seeds:

Seed AFC NFC
1 Houston Texans Green Bay
2 Baltimore Ravens San Francisco
3 New England Patriots New Orleans
4 Denver Broncos New York Giants
5 Pittsburgh Steelers Atlanta Falcons
6 New York Jets Detroit Lions

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of the Denver Broncos, visit Mile High Report. And for more from around the NFL, visit the SB Nation NFL news hub.

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