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What Broncos' win over Vikings in Week 11 means for NFL playoff picture

Denver defeats Minnesota. We break down what it means for the NFL playoff picture.

Minnesota Vikings v Denver Broncos Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos just barely pulled out a win over the Vikings, staging a late-game drive to go up by one point and stopping Josh Dobbs and the Minnesota offense in their last-minute attempt to drive downfield. The final score was 21-20, and this now marks the fourth win in a row for Denver, bringing them to a 5-5 record.

The Vikings move to 6-5 with the loss. Both teams remain in second place in their respective divisions — the Vikings behind the Lions in the NFC North, and the Broncos behind the Chiefs in the AFC West.

As things stand, the Vikings are in the final Wild Card spot in the NFC, with the Packers and the Rams directly behind them. However, the AFC is more competitive right now, with the Broncos outside the bubble. The Bills and Colts still sit ahead of them on the path to the playoffs. This win pushed the Broncos up in the playoff standings, while the loss did nothing to change the Vikings’ spot in the NFC.

Next week, the Broncos face the Cleveland Browns.