San Diego Chargers
This weekend, the San Diego Chargers travel to Denver to take on the Broncos for a third time this season. The two AFC West rivals split the regular season series, and will duke it out in a rubber match for a trip to the AFC Championship Game.
The last top seed to open its playoff run against a team it had just lost to at home in December was the 2008 New York Giants, who were beaten again by Philadelphia in the rematch.
Peyton Manning doesn’t want to spend much time looking back at past playoff experiences; he’s focused on this weekend’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
Being the sixth and final seed in the NFL playoffs usually means you’re a sizable underdog. When it comes to the San Diego Chargers, that holds true a second weekend straight.
The Broncos are arguably the best team in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to win this week. In fact, many stats show they are more likely to lose than win, as the No. 1 seed against the No. 6 seeded San Diego Chargers.
A year ago, Denver roared into the playoffs riding an 11-game winning streak and promptly lost for the first time in 98 days. So much for momentum. This year, the Broncos are again 13-3 and the AFC’s top seed, two home wins away from the Super Bowl.
Not many people expected the San Diego Chargers to go into Denver on a Thursday night last month and come away with a win. Now, can the Bolts do it all over again?
Unlike most of the players on the Broncos, Sunday will be the first time tight end Julius Thomas will experience the thrill of playing in a playoff game.
The Denver Broncos are 13-3 and own the AFC’s top seed, just like last year. Only this time, they’ve lost to each of the three remaining teams in the bracket.
The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in 23 years and now one more year can be added onto that streak. The San Diego Chargers were able to continue their rejuvenated season by dominating the Bengals and eliminating Cincinnati from the playoffs.