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Sunday, January 3, 2010
Broncos' playoff chances in trouble

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

DENVER -- The Denver Broncos’ playoff hopes are on the ropes.

Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson returned a Kyle Orton pass 45 yards for a touchdown. Kansas City leads Denver 27-17 with 5:16 to go in the third quarter.

Kansas City has scored 17 points in third quarter. Denver must win and hope Baltimore losses to Oakland or the Jets lose to Cincinnati tonight. But Denver has to help itself first.