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.