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Bronco Rob
12-21-2009, 04:26 AM
Deflating losses put Broncos, Dolphins and Jets in precarious positions


Clifton Brown

Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 - 12:42 a.m. ET


The Cardinals, Chargers and Vikings clinched division titles in Week 15 while the Eagles secured a playoff berth. However, Sunday was painful for a host of playoff contenders.

Both the Packers and Bengals lost in the final seconds. At least their postseason hopes still look favorable. Other losers are in greater jeopardy after crushing defeats:


Denver Broncos

Sunday stumble: Lost to the Raiders 20-19.


How it happened: Embattled Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell came off the bench and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chaz Schilens with 35 seconds left. "We had a chance to pull away from this team and we didn't do it," Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton said." You can't let teams hang around, hang around, hang around, or this is what ends up happening you get beat."


Why it hurts The loss dropped the Broncos (8-6) to the No. 6 seed in the AFC. With six AFC teams at 7-7, the Broncos are no lock for the postseason and face a road game against the Eagles in Week 16. "You have to give the Raiders credit, but it's not about them," Broncos running back LaMont Jordan said. "Looking at that film, we're going to be sick about the opportunities we let get away."


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