Broncos Dash Vikings' Playoff Hopes in OT

Chargers clinch 3-slot by beating Raiders; Jets get pointless win in OT
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2007 9:09 PM CST
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter catches a touchdown pass against San Diego Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007. San Diego won...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Broncos added the title of spoiler to their 7-9 record this season, as a 22-19 overtime win let Denver deny Minnesota any chance at a playoff berth, reports the Denver Post. Vikings quarterback Tavaris Jackson lost a fumble to an overtime sack, allowing the turnover that led to Jason Elam's game-winning field goal. In other season-enders:

  • San Diego capitalized on Oakland's mistakes and turnovers to surge to a 30-17 victory (their ninth straight against the Raiders) and clinch the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs.
  • The Jets' season just wouldn't end, as overtime, kicker-icing, and penalties all delayed the final result of the 13-10 win over Kansas City.