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Broncos in bad company: Since 2005, 9 top seeds have lost their first playoff game

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    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning walks off the field after fumbling the ball against the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (The Associated Press)

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    Denver Broncos fans react while watching a broadcast of the Denver Broncos failing to score against the Baltimore Ravens in overtime of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game at Jackson's on Saturday Jan. 12, 2013, in Denver. The Ravens defeated the Broncos 38-35. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) (The Associated Press)

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    Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones celebrates as he crosses the goal line for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) (The Associated Press)

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    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning walks off the field against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (The Associated Press)

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    Denver Broncos fans react as the Broncos fail to score against in overtime the Baltimore Ravens while watching a broadcast of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game at Jackson's on Saturday Jan. 12, 2013, in Denver. The Ravens defeated the Broncos 38-35. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) (The Associated Press)

No one should be surprised that the Super Bowl favorites are already out of the playoffs.

With their 38-35 loss in double-overtime to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night, the Denver Broncos became the ninth No. 1 seed in the last eight years to go down in the divisional round.

On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons nearly became the 10th before escaping Seattle's upset bid in a 30-28 thriller and becoming just the seventh top seed since 2005 to advance to the conference championship.

Among the top seeds to have fallen flat in the first playoff game are a 15-1 team, three 14-2 teams and five 13-3 teams — all at home, coming off a bye and facing an opponent that had to travel following a win on wild-card weekend.