Dec 22, 2009 2:00 AM

Broncos are still in the playoff hunt

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Josh McDaniels rattled off a lengthy list of miscues and missteps that ended up derailing Denver in a last-minute loss to the Oakland Raiders.

The bright spot, the Broncos coach quickly pointed out Monday, was that his team was "far from being dead" in the postseason picture.

True enough, but the Broncos (8-6) made their path to the playoffs a whole lot more challenging. Denver had a chance to move a giant step closer to locking up an AFC wild-card spot, only to have JaMarcus Russell come off the bench to rally the Raiders in a 20-19 win.

Just like that, the Broncos gave a slew of teams renewed hope, including the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7).

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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