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Motivated and Ready

Posted Dec 28, 2011

The Broncos have already taken on a playoff mentality entering Sunday's regular-season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos know what's on the line this Sunday.

Win, and they're in the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

But as far as Denver is concerned, the win-or-go-home mentality has already begun.

"Really, we’re taking it as this is the beginning of our playoffs," Head Coach John Fox said. "It’s that type of mentality, that type of intensity, that kind of preparation. It’s against a very good division opponent that two weeks ago beat an undefeated Green Bay Packer team.”

The Kansas City Chiefs head to Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday with aspirations of playing spoiler to their AFC West rival.

Though an Oakland loss can also propel Denver into the postseason, the Broncos have no intention of leaving their fate up to another club.

"We’re a very motivated team," Tim Tebow said. "We had a good practice today. We’re going to be extremely focused. This is what you play for. It’s just like another playoff game for us. We are excited about it and we’re motivated. I believe we’ll go out there and leave everything on the field.”

Von Miller admitted that there's pressure involved with so much on the line, but just like every week, "you have to be able to perform under pressure."

Tebow went so far as to say he relishes it.

“I enjoy big games," he said. "Every game that we’ve played was a big game to get us to this point. But, obviously, this is our next game so it’s our biggest game. We’re excited about it. Ultimately it’s why you play the game -- to get in big situations with an awesome fan base behind you, which we will have on Sunday. It will be a rocking atmosphere, and we’ll be very excited as well.”

At the end of the day, however, Robert Ayers said the team can't worry about any outside pressure.

“Just play," he said. "We just have to come out and execute. Everybody has to do their job and play with a passion, and everything else will work itself out.”

The last time the two teams squared off came in Week 10. The Broncos controlled the time of possession with nearly 34 minutes to Kansas City's 26, running the ball a season-high 55 times for 244 yards.

Still, Denver entered the fourth quarter holding onto a narrow 10-7 lead. It was a 56-yard pass from Tebow to Eric Decker with less than seven minutes remaining that ultimately put the 17-10 win away.

The Broncos aren't expecting anything less from their rival than a similarly physical battle this week.

"We know it’s going to be a tough-fought game," Miller said. "Hopefully we can come out [with a win] at the end of the game.”