The 12-4 Denver Broncos clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs on Sunday by beating the 4-12 San Diego Chargers behind the injured/benched Peyton Manning who came on in relief of Brock Osweiler to get the win.
Because of course he did.
Nothing else has made sense this season. So why should we expect it to start now?
The Broncos started this season with seven straight wins.
But four of those wins came via crazy last second plays.
That makes no sense.
Denver then lost two games in a row and Manning looked to possibly be finished.
He was benched in Week 10 against the Chiefs with a foot injury but we all knew what had really happened.
Father Time had finally caught up with him.
The Broncos then proceeded to win three straight games under backup quarterback Brock Osweiler including a win over the undefeated defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Which doesn’t really make much sense.
But Denver then dropped back to back games against the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers.
And Denver led both of those games in convincing fashion in the first half.
That certainly didn’t make any sense.
But the Broncos somehow found a way to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime last week coming back from a 14 point deficit to clinch a playoff berth.
And then on Sunday, the top seeded Patriots lost their second game in a row and the Broncos scored on their second play from scrimmage, a 72 yard pass from Osweiler to Demaryius Thomas. And it looked like the Broncos would cruise to the top seed.
But then they turned it over five times and the 4-11 Chargers took a 13-7 lead in the third quarter.
With so much to gain for the Broncos from a win, and nothing to gain for the Chargers, none of this was making any sense.
So head coach Gary Kubiak decided to go with his gut. Brock Osweiler hadn’t played poorly. But the Broncos needed a boost.
He reinserted Manning into the lineup.
The hometown crowd went wild and the Broncos reeled off 20 second half points to get the win and clinch the top seed in the AFC.
Manning went a very workmanlike 5 for 9 for 69 yards. No touchdowns. No interceptions. But no turnovers while he was in the game.
And no one dared to put the ball on the ground with the Sheriff on the field.
Denver now heads into the postseason with homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Broncos have beaten the No. 2 and No 3 seeds in the AFC (New England and Cincinnati) but have lost to the two Wild Card teams (Kansas City and Pittsburgh).
Oh and we have no idea who the starting quarterback is going to be.
Which when you think about it… the way this season has gone…kind of makes perfect sense.