Broncos hoping week off doesn't stop momentum

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - More than 15 years later, the words "Jacksonville Jaguars" still hit like a cold splash of water around Denver, especially during playoff time.

And if you want to bring back bad memories for Peyton Manning or any of his former teammates, ask them about what happened against Pittsburgh in the 2005 playoffs.

In both instances, the Broncos and Manning roared into the AFC playoffs with top seeding and a week of rest after a bye.

In both instances, the Broncos and Manning were unceremoniously dumped by a team that came into the game as a touchdown-plus underdog.

Which brings up a good question this week in Denver: Does the team that comes into the divisional round fresh off the bye week have an advantage over the team that comes in off the high of a victory the week before?

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee says his rehabilitation from an injured knee is on track, but "if we played a game tomorrow, no I couldn't go."

McGahee tore a ligament in the knee Nov. 18 and the Broncos placed him on recallable injured reserve. He is eligible to return to practice Tuesday and could play in the AFC title game if Denver makes it.

The 10th-year running back, who led the team with 731 yards rushing this season despite the injury, said he'd know more about how the knee responds if he's allowed to suit up for practice Tuesday. Coach John Fox said he would update McGahee's status after Tuesday's practice.

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