Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • SD 259
    • 363 DEN
  • Turnovers

    • SD 0
    • 2 DEN
  • Possession

    SD DEN
    35:27 24:33
  • 1st Downs

    • SD 13
    • 26 DEN

Game Information

Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Coverage: CBS
  • Denver, CO 80204
  • Line: DEN -7.5
  • Over/Under: 55
Attendance: 76,969
Capacity: 76,125
Referees: Clete Blakeman
1/13/2014 Associated Press

Broncos top Chargers, reach AFC title game

Peyton Manning welcomed Wes Welker back into the lineup with a touchdown toss and the Denver Broncos narrowly avoided a repeat of their playoff slip from last year, advancing to the AFC championship game with a 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Scoring Summary

first QuarterSDDEN
Demaryius Thomas 2 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning
14 plays, 86 yards, 7:01
Matt Prater Kick is Good
14 plays, 86 yards, 7:01
second QuarterSDDEN
Wes Welker 3 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning
9 plays, 57 yards, 5:13
Matt Prater Kick is Good
9 plays, 57 yards, 5:13
third QuarterSDDEN
Matt Prater 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
12 plays, 37 yards, 5:25
fourth QuarterSDDEN
Keenan Allen 16 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers
6 plays, 63 yards, 3:08
Nick Novak Kick is Good
6 plays, 63 yards, 3:08
Knowshon Moreno 3 Yard Run
9 plays, 87 yards, 4:47
Matt Prater Kick is Good
9 plays, 87 yards, 4:47
Keenan Allen 16 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers
7 plays, 80 yards, 2:29
Nick Novak Kick is Good
7 plays, 80 yards, 2:29
Nick Novak 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
8 plays, 48 yards, 1:50

Research Notes

  • Philip Rivers completed 6-of-7 passes 15 or more yards downfield for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter after not completing a deep pass in the first three quarters.--Keenan Allen, who was held without a catch in the first half, had five receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. All five of Allen's fourth-quarter receptions came on throws at least 15 yards downfield. Allen's 123 fourth-quarter receiving yards are the most in any quarter of a playoff game since 2001.

  • Ryan Mathews gained 26 yards on five rushes in the first half, but did not play in the second half. Mathews, who led the NFL in rushing after Week 11, ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries in the Chargers' Week 15 victory in Denver.

  • The Broncos' offensive line kept Peyton Manning comfortable Sunday, avoiding a Chargers sack for the first time this season. Manning was under duress on two of 36 dropbacks (5.6%), his second-lowest duress percentage of the season. In their Week 10 matchup, the Chargers sacked or forced Manning to throw under duress 23.7% of the time, his second-highest duress percentage this season.Manning completed both passes under duress Sunday, a touchdown to Wes Welker and a 3rd-and-17 conversion to Julius Thomas on the Broncos' final drive. The Chargers were one of two NFL teams not to allow a touchdown under duress after Week 1

  • Much like the Patriots in their win on Saturday, the Broncos leaned on their running game Sunday. The Broncos called designed rush plays on 34 of their 70 offensive snaps (48.6%), their second-highest rush percentage of the season (55.8% in Week 12 vs the Patriots). In their Week 15 loss to the Chargers, they rushed on 20.8% of offensive snaps, their lowest rush percentage of the season.The Broncos converted 9-of-13 (69.2%) third downs Sunday after converting 29.4% of their third-down opportunities in two regular season meetings with the Chargers. The Chargers were 4-for-12 on third down Sunday (33.3%) after converting an NFL-best 49.0% of third downs in the regular season, including 46.4% against the Broncos.The Broncos held the ball for over 35 minutes Sunday, after having fewer than 22 minutes of possession in each of their two regular-season matchups with the Chargers, their two lowest time of possession totals this season.

  • - Peyton Manning used his patented hard count to draw five neutral zone infraction penalties, the most drawn by a team in a single game since 2001 (start of Stats & Info's dataset) and nearly matching the regular-season total of seven such penalties drawn by the Broncos, fourth most in the NFL.- Peyton Manning's interception in the end zone at the end of the first half was his first red-zone interception of the season, after throwing an NFL-high 37 red zone touchdowns without an interception in the regular season. That play was also the Chargers' first red zone interception of the season.- Peyton Manning's 3rd-and-17 conversion to Julius Thomas on the Broncos' final drive was their third 3rd-down conversion of 17+ yards on five attempts (60%) this season. Entering the game, teams had converted 11.2% of such third-down opportunities this season.

  • Much of the talk going into this game was how the Chargers controlled to clock for over 38 minutes in each of their meetings with Denver in the regular season, while outrushing them by an average of over 100 yards. The Broncos reversed the trend in this game, aided by converting on 9-of-13 3rd downs, including a key 3rd-and-17 on the final drive.


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