Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When the Denver Broncos hit the field Sunday, they all but thought they were going to win the AFC West title.
If Denver loses at Carolina and then losses to Buffalo at home next week and San Diego wins at Tampa Bay next week, the division will come down to the winner of the Denver at San Diego game on Dec. 28.
It seemed all like a done deal, though, when Denver departed the locker room. The Broncos were aware of the Chiefs' big lead because there were updates on the big screen during warm-ups.
Suddenly, if the Broncos want to clinch the division championship, they will have to win on the field Sunday.