CINCINNATI - Dre Kirkpatrick returned Peyton Manning's third interception for a touchdown in the closing minutes on Monday night, completing a fourth-quarter rally that gave the Cincinnati Bengals a 37-28 victory over the Denver Broncos and a spot in the playoffs.
Kirkpatrick's 30-yard return with 2 minutes, 41 seconds left capped a game of big plays - long runs, big kick returns and two interceptions run back for scores. Kirkpatrick picked off Manning again with 67 seconds left to clinch it.
The Bengals (10-4-1) clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season, a franchise record. They'll play in Pittsburgh on Sunday night, with the winner taking the AFC North title.
Manning rallied the Broncos (11-4) to three touchdowns and a lead in the third quarter but ended up with a season-high four interceptions. The loss gave home-field advantage to New England throughout the playoffs.
The AFC West champions failed in their attempt to clinch a first-round bye.
Bengals running back Jeremy Hill scored on an 85-yard run in the first quarter. Hill finished with 147 yards on 22 carries. He has 1,024 rushing yards this season.
Manning completed 28 of 44 passes for 311 yards and two TDs.