Rapid Reaction: Broncos 26, Giants 6

DENVER -- The Denver Broncos are not dead.

They are still alive in the AFC West race and in the AFC wild-card chase.

Had Denver lost to visiting New York on Thursday night, the season would be all but lost. There would have been little chance Denver could have been able to recover from a 6-5 record and a fifth straight loss.

Denver entered the Thanksgiving night game fully aware of that fact. The Broncos played with desperation and had one of their best games of the season. The Broncos looked like a 6-0 team, not a 6-4 team.

The Broncos made the big play at the right time on both sides of the ball, just as they did in the first six games. They looked dominant against the befuddled Giants.

One game doesn’t make everything right. But it definitely keeps Denver alive and feeling great about itself heading into the final five games of the season.