The Colts' playoffs hopes are still alive.

They may be oh, so slim, but Indy is one step closer than it was on Monday afternoon.

The first step -- or result -- the Colts needed was for the Broncos to beat the Bengals in Denver on Monday night.

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It didn't look good early on as Cincy scored TDs on its first two possessions and led 14-3 at the half. But Denver rallied and despite missing a field-goal attempt to win as time expired the Broncos prevailed in overtime for a 20-17 victory.

First step complete. Nine to go.

Here's what else must happen for the Colts to make the postseason (Odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook):

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1. Obviously, the Colts must beat the Titans in Indy (line off the board)

2. Falcons (-4) beat visiting Saints

3. Steelers (-10) win at Browns

4. Bills beat visiting Jets (-3)

5. Jaguars win at Texans (-5½)

6. Ravens win at Bengals (-7)

7. Dolphins beat visiting Patriots (-9)

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8. Broncos (-7½) beat visiting Chargers

9. Raiders win at Chiefs (-6½)

If all this happens, the Colts would win the AFC South over the Texans on the sixth tiebreaker -- strength of schedule.

Sure, going 9 for 9 here looks dim, but long shots come in every once in a while.

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