AFC Playoffs: Super Sunday Showdown at Mile High Stadium

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Chargers at Broncos is one of the most anticipated playoff matches this year. The Broncos are in a Super Bowl or bust mode while the Chargers have nothing to lose. Just getting to the playoffs was nothing short of a miracle for the Chargers.

The Broncos are led by future hall of famer Peyton Manning who is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Manning led the league with 5,477 passing yards and 55 passing touchdowns, both are NFL records. He had some incredible weapons like Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas. All four finished in the top ten in the NFL in receiving touchdowns with Demaryius, the second team All-Pro leading the team with 14.

Denver’s running game was efficient. Knowshon Moreno was fourth in the league with ten rushing touchdowns while rookie Montee Ball gave the Broncos some good production by finishing eighth in the league with 4.7 yards per carry and he finished with 559 rushing yards on the season. Leading the block for the Broncos is former Charger and First Team All-Pro guard Louis Vasquez. The Charges defense is ranked 29th in passing yards allowed so the Broncos could have a potential field day.

Another former Charger, Shaun Phillips helps anchor the Broncos defense. Phillips had a great season finishing with ten sacks.

Matt Prater and Trindon Holliday are among the league’s elite special teamers. Prater did not miss any field goals as he led the league with a 96.2 field goal percentage. Holliday had a very impressive season returning the football. He averaged 27.7 yards on each kick return which ranked sixth in the NFL. He was able to give Peyton Manning and the offense great field position most of the time. If the Broncos high powered offense doesn’t stall, they should be able to win. They cannot give the Chargers the ball and the lead, otherwise Philip Rivers has a good chance to take out a good chunk of the clock.

The Chargers are very good at controlling the football. Philip Rivers finished fifth in pass yards with 4,478 and fourth in touchdowns with 32. One of his top targets is rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen. NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. thinks that Allen should win rookie of the year.

The Chargers run game is very potent thanks to Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. Mathews finished seventh in the NFL with 1,255 rushing yards while Woodhead is a great threat both running and catching the ball.

Eric Weddle leads this defense. The safety from Utah was a Second Team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler.

The corners have been letting down the Chargers most of the season. They did good against Manning the last time they played.

Nick Novak is pretty dependable. He finished fourth in the league with 34 field goals made and ninth in field goal percentage at 91.9%.

I think the Chargers will find a way to win. I don’t know how, but they haven’t lost in a while and luck is on there side. Chargers 27-21.


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