The defending Super Bowl-champion Denver Broncos have lost four their last six and games face an uphill battle to qualify for their sixth straight postseason. With 11 teams still alive in the AFC, here’s how everything shakes out entering Christmas weekend.

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Born to early-1960's Broncos season-ticket holders, Ken Pomponio is a fourth-generation Coloradan and University of Northern Colorado graduate who has covered the Front Range and Denver sports scene for more than 25 years for various websites and newspapers.