While we all likely knew the inevitable end for the Carolina Panthers, the Denver Broncos locked up officially what no one could see coming from the start of the season: there will be no repeat champion from the AFC or NFC this season.
BREAKING: The Denver Broncos have officially clinched home couch advantage throughout the NFL playoffs pic.twitter.com/sJezFQPFim
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) December 26, 2016
To put the icing on a crazy NFL regular season, the Broncos were knocked out of the postseason in their embarrassing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs characterized by abysmal defence.
Our franchise-record playoff streak comes to an end.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 26, 2016
Just a day earlier, it was the Panthers who would see their slim playoff chances erupt in a blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 26, 2016
Neither team ever got going to the level they played a year ago, and just a season removed from 15-1 for the Panthers and the Super Bowl for the Broncos, both teams face glaring holes along their rosters and a rebuild in the future.
Last years SuperBowl: Broncos & the Panthers, are now both not making the playoffs this year.
— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) December 26, 2016
We know one thing for sure for this NFL season: we will have new champions.