Yea the refs are definitely being directed by the NFL to help Denver once again..
I hope I'm wrong, but we could be seeing '97 and '98 all over again with the going-away gift being given to Manning this time instead of Elway, although I suspect that both Elway and Pat Bowlen have their hands in it, just like they did in '97 and '98.
To me, this sort of thing ruins the game, when we can't have an outright champion established on a level playing field for all 32 teams. An example one can look at is the Chiefs opening round playoff losses to Miami in 1971 and to Indy in 1995 and 2003. Those games were lost on a level playing field. That was NOT the case in 1997 when the Chiefs lost the opening round playoff to Denver in 1997 ( and Pittsburgh got screwed just as badly the next week in the AFC Championship game ).