The Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers know each other as well as any two teams in the NFL. The Chargers' head coach is the Broncos' former offensive coordinator. Their quarterbacks have been AFC playoff rivals for a decade. They've won the AFC West division nine out of the last ten seasons.
Ultimate Fan Guide: Broncos can't let up vs. SD
This week's ultimate fan is another young'n who knows neither the thrill of the 80s AFC Championship victories nor the anguish of that decade's Super Bowl defeats. Heck, he was just a toddler when Broncos won Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII. But he does remember seasons 2010 and 2011, so he's got plenty of history with this team to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly. Luckily, there's always more of the former, including this season and this next game.
This Sunday, the rivalry is renewed, with huge playoff implications in play. The Broncos can win the AFC West with a win. The Chargers need every win to remain in the playoff hunt.
"We're trying to finish strong," Broncos coach John Fox said. "People remember what you do in December. So now we're in game two of the fourth quarter and it's a division opponent in a very tough place to play. They've played great at home this year. I think they lead the league in turnover margin at home at plus-six at their place. They are a team we're familiar with, that we have a lot of respect for and we know we'll have to bring our A-Game."
The Broncos enter the game 10-3 and looking to keep pace with the 10-3 New England Patriots. Should the Patriots drop one of their remaining three games and the Broncos win out, Denver would gain the AFC's #1 seed.
Depending on a number of factors this week, the Broncos could lock up a first round bye with a win.
Kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m. MST - Mile High time - at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday, December 14, 2014.
The game will air on CBS, broadcasting on KCNC-TV in Denver. Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentary) will air the game with Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sidelines.
View our Broncos-Chargers TV broadcast map to see if the game will air locally in your area. DirecTV Sunday Ticket customers can find the game on 714.
Verizon subscribers can tap into NFL Mobile. At a premium, you can stream the game after the final whistle blows from NFL.com using Game Rewind. You can also listen live using streaming audio from NFL.com.
Listen around Denver at 850 AM KOA and nationwide at Sirius 136. Dave Logan (play-by-play) and Ed McCaffrey (color commentary) will call the game with Alan Roach reporting from the sidelines. View the full Denver Broncos radio network here.
Nationally, Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (color commentary) will call the game on WestwoodOne Sports with Chad Brown reporting from the sidelines.
Chargers free safety Eric Weedle has given up 0 touchdowns during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He also has not allowed a touchdown to Peyton since he arrived in Denver in their 6 meetings and only allowed 2 touchdowns to Peyton his entire career.
Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas, tight end Julius Thomas, and running back C.J. Anderson are each probable on the injury report with ankle, ankle, and ankle injuries respectively. Damn ankles. This should be J.T.'s first action in several weeks.
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The Broncos are four-point favorites vs. San Diego on the road.
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