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Broncos Lose Miller For Season

Englewood, Colo. — The Denver Broncos began the season without Von Miller, and they’ll end it without him, too.

Miller is done for the year after tests Monday revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which he injured in the first quarter of Denver’s 37-13 win at Houston over the weekend.

The Broncos (12-3) have hit so many potholes this season, it’s a wonder they’re not broken down on the side of the Super Bowl Expressway. Instead, they can wrap up the AFC’s top seed with a win at Oakland (4-11) on Sunday.

Miller’s injury ended a rough third season for the Broncos star, which began with a six-game drug suspension and included just five sacks and 33 tackles in 10 games.

Monday’s Game

Niners 34, Falcons 24

San Francisco — NaVorro Bowman returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown with 1:10 remaining, and San Francisco clinched a playoff berth with a wild victory against Atlanta in the final regular-season game at Candlestick Park.

Tramaine Brock broke up a pass intended for Harry Douglas and Bowman got his hands on the ball and took off, then received a celebratory dog pile from teammates in the end zone.

Matt Ryan threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White with 8:42 remaining and a 2-yard score to Tony Gonzalez with 2:09 left as the Falcons (4-11) made things interesting until the end.

Atlanta’s Jason Snelling recovered the ensuing onside kick as the Falcons got the ball back and were driving for a potential go-ahead score when San Francisco (11-4) capitalized with one of its biggest takeaways yet.