Broncos hope to avoid deja vu in playoffs

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Finally, the Denver Broncos can get ready for some meaningful football.

Oh, sure, the 13 wins and all those records Peyton Manning set will count, but the regular season was simply a warm-up act for a team with the Super Bowl on its radar.

As former Broncos defensive end and current Denver radio host Alfred Williams said back in July, "This is the only team in the NFL with 20 preseason games."

The Broncos stormed into the playoffs last year as the No. 1 seed in the AFC, riding an 11-game winning streak and promptly lost to Baltimore in double-overtime.

Denver is once again 13-3 with the AFC's top seed after making history by becoming the most prolific offensive team in the Super Bowl era, scoring 606 points.