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Remembering the 2015 Denver Broncos season: A benched Manning saves the day

In all the euphoria that encapsulates the 2015 season, it’s easy to forget how very different that year could have gone for the Broncos.

By Week 17, the Broncos’ final regular season game was proving to be crucial as the 11-4 Broncos needed a win to be in the running for home-field advantage and ensure that assumed rematches with the Steelers and Patriots were going to be in Denver.

But aside from the Broncos’ curb-stomping of the Packers in Week 8, none of the previous 11 wins had felt assured until the clock ran out, and all of the losses felt way too possible again.