Not many teams expect to have a shot at the postseason when their record is 5-7 during the regular season, but the Chargers won their final four games and took out the Bengals in the first round of the playoffs on the road. One of the teams that San Diego beat during their stretch at the end of the season? The Broncos, in Denver, by a score of 27-20. They also played them tough earlier in the season.
The Broncos are going to have to find a way to beat the Chargers, because San Diego has proven to be one of the few teams in the NFL that matches up very well against them. Although Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have had some epic playoff battles, don't forget that Manning and Philip Rivers have had their own epic playoff battles as well. Also, remember that in 2007 and 2008, Rivers eliminated Manning from the playoffs. In the rubber match between these two teams, who will come out on top? I can't go against Manning. Broncos 31, Chargers 24
Game: San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
Date/Time: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:40 p.m. EST
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
Television: CBS - Jim Nantz & Phil Simms
NFL Odds: Broncos by 8½