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NFL Scores Week 17, Chiefs Vs. Broncos: Denver Falls Short, 7-3, Should Still Make Playoffs

Tim Tebow and his Broncos lost to the Chiefs in Week 17. But all is not lost for Denver.

The Denver Broncos will not win the AFC West with a win in Week 17 — that's because, with the Kansas City Chiefs shutting down the Denver offense in a 7-3 victory, the Broncos didn't get one. But they could still win the AFC West.

Kyle Orton didn't do a lot, but did do enough, throwing for 180 yards and helping the Chiefs get in position for their only touchdown, a Dexter McCluster run, in the first half. McCluster finished with 61 rushing yards.

Tim Tebow struggled mightily for the Broncos, completing six of 22 passes for just 60 yards, throwing an interception, and gaining just 16 yards on the ground while losing a fumble. Willis McGahee had 145 rushing yards for Denver.

The win moves Kansas City to 7-9, and confirms a bittersweet truth: the Chiefs would have won the AFC West had two Ryan Succop field goals not been blocked in a Week 16 loss. Denver, meanwhile, falls to 8-8, and could still win the AFC West if the Oakland Raiders, trailing against the San Diego Chargers for much of Sunday, also lose to finish 8-8.

For more on the Chiefs, head to Arrowhead Pride. For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. For more on the NFL, head to SB Nation's NFL hub and our Week 17 StoryStream.