Broncos-Chargers: Week 15 Game Capsule



With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the suspense continues to build as teams make their final playoff push. So far, three spots have been clinched – Denver (playoff spot), Indianapolis (AFC South) and Seattle (playoff spot).

“That’s part of our goal,” says Broncos head coach John Fox about qualifying for the postseason. “But our goal is still to win the division and get the best seed we can. Our biggest goal is to get to the big game and win the big game.”

The Broncos can check off one more item off their “to do” list with a victory over division rivals, the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night. Denver will take the division with a win and a Kansas City loss. The Broncos will also lock up a 1st-round bye with a win and losses by Kansas City and Cincinnati.

Last week, the Chargers defeated the New York Giants 37-14 and remain in the AFC playoff hunt, sitting just one game behind the final Wild Card position. In that win, Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers threw Three touchdown passes, two of them to Rookie Wide Receiver Keenan Allen, and Running Back Ryan Mathews ran for 103 yards and a score.

“We’re one game back with three weeks to go,” says Rivers of the AFC playoff picture. “Let’s go and see what happens.”

For the Broncos, last week, Quarterback Peyton Manning threw four Touchdown passes and the Broncos became the first team in NFL history to have four players score at least 10 Touchdowns in one season. Kicker Matt Prater also set a record of his own, converting a 64-yard Field Goal, the longest in league annals.





  • QB PHILIP RIVERS (3,882) needs 118 pass yards to register 5th 4,000-yard season. For his career, Rivers is 5-2 at Denver. He has an NFL-best 70.3 completion pct. in 2013.

  • RB RYAN MATHEWS needs 115 rushing yards to register his 2nd career 1,000-yard season (1,091 in 2011).

  • RB DANNY WOODHEAD has an NFL-best 534 receiving yards and 6 TD catches among Running Backs this season and is tied for league-high in catches, with 65 among RBs. He has the 2nd-most Touchdown catches by a Chargers Running Back in club annals (GARY ANDERSON, 8 in 1986).

  • TE ANTONIO GATES (9,097) needs 107 receiving yards to surpass Hall Of Famer CHARLIE JOINER (9,203) for the 2nd-most receiving yards in team history.

  • WR EDDIE ROYAL has a career-best 7 TD catches in 2013.

  • Rookie WR KEENAN ALLEN (61) has the most receptions by a Chargers rookie. Allen (902) needs 100 receiving yards for the most by rookie in club history (JOHN JEFFERSON, 1,001 in 1978).

  • S ERIC WEDDLE leads San Diego with 85 Tackles.



  • Denver is the 5th team ever to score 50+ points in 3 different games in same season.

  • QB PEYTON MANNING has passed for 4,522 yards, the most ever through the first 13 games of a season.

  • With Denver, Manning is 10-0 against the AFC West Division, with 28 Touchdowns against 6 Interceptions and a 117.2 Rating.

  • RB KNOWSHON MORENO (920) needs 80 rush yards to register his first 1,000-yard rushing season.

  • Since 2012, WRs ERIC DECKER and DEMARYIUS THOMAS have 21 Touchdown catches apiece, tied for most among NFL WRs. Decker has 5 TD receptions in the past 2 games.

  • Decker has 433 receiving yards on deep passes which is the 4th most in the league. He has done this on 12 catches, and four have gone for Touchdowns.

  • Last week, TE JULIUS THOMAS (11) surpassed Hall Of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (10 in ’96 & ’98) for the most Touchdown catches by a Broncos Tight End in a single season.

  • DE SHAUN PHILLIPS (9) needs 3 Sacks to surpass career-best of 11.5 in 2006 (with San Diego).

  • K MATT PRATER set a record by converting a 64-yard Field Goal vs. Tennessee, the longest in NFL history.


Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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