The 2015 NFL playoffs are approaching as the 2014 regular season has come to an end, and there were plenty of memorable moments as teams fought for division titles and playoff seeds.
The 2014 NFL regular season is officially over after 17 exciting weeks of football, and the playoffs are set to begin next week.
The Green Bay Packers clinched the NFC North title and the No. 2 seed in the NFC with a 30-20 win over the Detroit Lions. The Seattle Seahawks clinched home-field advantage in the NFC with their sixth consecutive win.
The Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC North with a 27-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, who will also be in the playoffs as a wild card.
In a wild battle for the No. 6 seed in the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens clinched since the San Diego Chargers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. They were close to losing to the Cleveland Browns though, which would have allowed the Houston Texans to sneak in.
The Denver Broncos quietly blew out the Oakland Raiders, 47-14, to clinch the No. 2 seed in the AFC while the Carolina Panthers won the NFC South with a 34-3 win over the Atlanta Falcons on the road.
Here are five things to take away heading into the 2015 NFL playoffs.
5. The Denver Broncos are still a Super Bowl favorite
The Broncos have become somewhat of an afterthought when it comes to talking about Super Bowl frontrunners. This has been somewhat justified due to their sloppy play in recent games, including a four-interception game by quarterback Peyton Manning. They bounced back with a 47-14 win over the Oakland Raiders though, and running back C.J. Anderson ran for 87 yards and three touchdowns.
The Broncos offense may not be the juggernaut it was in 2013, but it’s still one of the elite units in the NFL, and they have a running game with Anderson playing like a franchise running back. Manning has looked cold as of late though, so there is concern among Broncos fans. The offense and defense are both forces to be reckoned with, and they have a first-round bye after clinching the No. 2 seed in the AFC. Even the divisional game will be a tough game for the Broncos though.