Broncos playoff chances slim after 42-17 loss to Detroit Lions on the road

The Denver Broncos lost 42-17 to the Detroit Lions on the road, hurting their playoff chances. Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss.

Wilson has now thrown a touchdown pass in every game this season, joining Broncos legend Peyton Manning as the only ones to achieve that milestone over a full season.

Wilson took responsibility for the loss, saying "We have to play cleaner and sharper." The Broncos struggled to run the ball and keep up with Detroit's scoring.

Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy had a milestone game, becoming the fastest Bronco to 200 career catches. But it wasn't enough, as Detroit led 21-0 at halftime.

Receiver Courtland Sutton still believes the Broncos can make the playoffs, saying the team has "fought back all season." But their loss to Detroit was a big blow to those chances.

Coach Sean Payton yelled at Wilson on the sideline after a penalty, but wouldn't reveal what was said between them. Payton was clearly frustrated with the team's performance.

Payton said there weren't many positives for the Broncos and called it "a frustrating night." With the loss, Denver faces an uphill battle for a postseason berth.

The Broncos offense struggled despite Wilson throwing 2 touchdowns. Their ground game was held under 40 yards rushing. And they couldn't keep pace with Detroit's scoring.

Denver now likely needs to beat New England at home next week and get major help to have any shot at the playoffs in the final stretch.

It was an ugly loss that leaves the Broncos reeling. They will try to regroup and bounce back next week, but their postseason chances took a major hit against Detroit.

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