Broncos-Chargers 2014 Divisional Playoffs: Game Capsule

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As teams from the same Division, the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers have met one another 108 times in their history. The Broncos have played the Chargers more times than any other team, but surprisingly, this is their 1st Postseason matchup. The Chargers lead the regular season series 58-49-1, though the Broncos have won 4 of the past 5 meetings. Last week as Denver had it’s Bye, San Diego visited the Cincinnati Bengals and beat them 27-10.

The playoffs are a whole new deal, but the last time the Chargers came to the Mile High city, they beat up on an ill-prepared Bronco team, 27-20. San Diego’s rookie Wide Receiver Keenan Allen had a field day, catching two 2nd-quarter Touchdowns passes from QB Philip Rivers and Running Back Ryan Mathews ran for 127 yards and a score. That was the only time this season that the Broncos allowed a 100-yard rusher.

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CHARGERS

Last week, San Diego registered their first postseason win since January 2009. They have won 6 of the past 8 games at Denver.

  • QB PHILIP RIVERS has 4-4 career postseason record. In 4 career postseason road games, Rivers has completed 66 of 107 passes (61.7 pct.) for 911 yards with 7 TDs vs. 4 Interceptions and a 95.2 Passer Rating. For his career, Rivers is 10-6 (.625) as starter against the Broncos with 27 TDs vs. 12 INTs and a 98.8 passer rating.

  • Rivers had 2 Touchdowns and No Interceptions with a 120 Passer Rating in win vs. the Broncos on December 12th.

  • Rivers (4,478) is the 6th player in NFL history to register five 4,000-yard seasons. He has passed for 32,369 career yards and 221 TDs, trailing only Hall Of Famer Dan Fouts for the most in Chargers history.

  • RB RYAN MATHEWS has five 100-yard rushing games in 7 career contests against Broncos.

  • Mathews (1,255) is the first Charger to reach 1,200 rushing yards since LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2007 (1,474). He led the AFC with 534 rush yards in December.

  • RB DANNY WOODHEAD posted his first postseason rushing Touchdown of his career in Cincinnati last week.

  • Woodhead ranked 2nd in the NFL in receptions (76) and receiving yards (605) among Running Backs in 2013.

  • RB RONNIE BROWN had a 58-yard rushing Touchdown last week, his first career postseason rushing TD.

  • TE ANTONIO GATES has 6 career TD catches against the Broncos. In 2013, Gates (77 catches, 872 receiving yards) posted his sixth season with at least 70 catches and 800 receiving yards.

  • TE LADARIUS GREEN got his first postseason Touchdown catch last week.

  • He averaged 22.1 yards per catch in 2013.

  • Rookie WR KEENAN ALLEN (71 catches for 1,046) totaled the most receptions and receiving ever yards by a Chargers rookie.

  • Allen led all NFL rookies in catches and receiving yards.

  • WR EDDIE ROYAL had a career-high 8 Touchdown receptions this season. Royal was selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by Denver and spent 4 seasons there (2008-11).

  • S ERIC WEDDLE has 2 career Interceptions vs. Denver.

  • Weddle led the club with 103 Tackles in 2013.

  • LB THOMAS KEISER had an Interception in the last meeting against the Broncos.

  • LB MELVIN INGRAM had an Interception in his first career postseason game last week.

  • The Chargers had 2 players selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl (QB Rivers, S Weddle).

BRONCOS

Have a 13-4 (.765) postseason record at home, tied for 4th-best all-time. Denver has an 8-5

(.615) all-time Divisional Playoff record.

  • The Broncos captured the AFC West title for the 13th time and 3rd straight season.

  • Denver (606) scored the most points by a team in  a single season in NFL history in 2013.

  • QB PEYTON MANNING (5,679) has the 4th-most career postseason passing yards in NFL history. He (32) is tied with Hall Of Famer Dan Marino for the 4th-most postseason Touchdown passes in NFL history.

  • Manning (5,477) set NFL’s single-season passing-yard record & registered 55 TD passes, most in season in NFL history.

  • Peyton is the first player to set both single-season passing yardage and TD records in same season since Dan Marino in 1984.

  • Manning has passed for 712 yards (356 per game) with 4 Touchdowns against 2 Interceptions and a 94.3 Passer Rating in 2 career postseason meetings with San Diego.

  • RB KNOWSHON MORENO (1,038) has reached 1,000 rush yards for the first time in his career.

  • Rookie RB MONTEE BALL averaged 6.6 yards per carry in December (45 att., 297 yards) with 1 rushing Touchdown.

  • WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had a career-best 3 TD catches against the Chargers in Week 10.

  • Thomas is the first Bronco to have two 1,400-yard seasons. He became the 7th player in NFL history to reach 200 receiving yards in a playoff game in January 2012 vs. Pittsburgh.

  • WR ERIC DECKER has 3 Touchdown catches in the past 5 meetings with the Chargers. He had a career-high in receptions (87) and receiving yards (1,288) this season.

  • WR WES WELKER has 69 receptions for 686 yards and 4 Touchdowns in 9 career postseason games. Welker needs 2 catches to surpass Hall Of Famers Fred Biletnikoff (70) and Art Monk (69) for the 8th-most catches in NFL playoff history.

  • TE JULIUS THOMAS (12) had the most Touchdown receptions by a Bronco Tight End in a single season in franchise history in 2013.

  • Julius has 7 catches for 145 yards (20.7 avg.), including a 74-yard TD catch in 2 career games vs. the Chargers.

  • Denver became the first team in NFL history to have 5 players score at least 10 TDs in same season (D. Thomas 14, Moreno 13, J. Thomas 12, Decker 11 & Welker 10).

  • CB CHAMP BAILEY has 2 career postseason Interceptions, including a 100-yard INT-TD return in 2006 vs. the Patriots.

  • LB DANNY TREVATHAN led team with career-high 124 Tackles this season.

  • LB SHAUN PHILLIPS spent 9 seasons with San Diego and has the 2nd-most Sacks in team annals (69.5).

  • Phillips (10) reached double-digits Sacks for the 3rd time in his career.

  • Denver had 5 players selected to 2014 Pro Bowl (QB Manning, K Matt Prater, WR Demaryius Thomas, TE Julius Thomas, G Louis Vasquez).

 

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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