In a game that perfectly displays the difference between having a great quarterback (Peyton Manning) and having no quarterback at all (Brady Quinn), both the Chiefs and Broncos clinched on Sunday. The Broncos clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, while the Chiefs clinched the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Those same Broncos headed into Sunday afternoon needing a Texans loss and a victory to clinch the No. 1 overall seed.
When Houston got paddled by Indianapolis in the early section of games, the Broncos just had to establish their authority over Kansas City.
And boy, did they. Manning and company led 21-3 at halftime and never let Jamaal Charles -- the lynchpin for the Chiefs offense -- get going, holding the back to 53 yards on 14 carries.
Quinn was ineffective as well, going 7 of 16 for 49 yards. (Ew.)
Demaryius Thomas was outstanding, catching seven passes for 122 yards, including an unholy one-handed grab for a touchdown.
Denver is headed to homefield advantage throughout the playoffs and the possibility of a rematch against the Patriots and Tom Brady for the rights to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. (Hello, ratings.)
Kansas City is headed toward a potentially complete overhaul of the front office and coaching staff, along with a No. 1 overall pick that should confuse everyone.
The Chiefs need a quarterback, but Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson are not walking through that door. Geno Smith is available, but there are questions about him being a franchise quarterback.
Drafting a "franchise quarterback" in the first round who doesn't pan out is the worst thing a franchise can do, especially if that franchise is being captained by a new general manager.