October 16, 2012 |
Maybe San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers was still in shock. But after a historic collapse against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on "Monday Night Football," Rivers basically characterized what had just happened on the football field as just another loss. “Every loss hurts,” he said after the 35-24 loss to the Broncos. “Regardless of what negative or bad plays or how you lose a game, when you lose a game, it's rough. Especially a game when you had such a big lead.
October 15, 2012 |
Denver (2-3) at San Diego (3-2) Time: 5:30. TV: ESPN. Story line: San Diego would like to take a two-game AFC West lead (and 3-0 division record) into its bye next week while the Broncos will work to claim a share of the lead through a grueling opening schedule. Chargers QB Philip Rivers is 9-3 against Denver. The Chargers have been tough on Peyton Manning, twice eliminating him from the playoffs as a Colt, ending an unbeaten season another time, and recording six- and four-interception games.
January 1, 2012 |
The beeping you hear is coming from the AFC West champion Denver Broncos, who are moving in reverse, having lost three games in a row. The bleeping you hear is coming from the Black Hole, which watched the Oakland Raiders blow a chance Sunday to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. How the West was won? It was more like, does anybody want the West? The Broncos, who will play host to Pittsburgh in a first-round playoff game Sunday, came into their regular-season finale against Kansas City in control of their destiny.
December 31, 2011 |
What began with a lockout ends Sunday with a luck-out. Thirteen of the NFL's 16 games in Week 17 are truly meaningful , either to the playoffs or the 2012 draft, and the schedule culminates with a high-profile finale for all the marbles — Dallas at the New York Giants — the winner claiming the NFC East and the loser eliminated. "What we hope each year is that our 256th and final regular-season game will be incredibly relevant," said Howard Katz, the NFL's senior vice president of media and operations.
December 19, 2011 |
'Tis not the season. Not even close. With two weeks remaining on the NFL schedule, the playoff picture is still ridiculously murky, especially in the AFC West, where each of the four teams -- the Broncos, Raiders, Chargers and Chiefs -- is still eligible to win the division. There are also plenty of undetermined wild card possibilities. In San Diego, Coach Norv Turner and his players are keeping their calculators holstered, though, knowing that their best chance to sneak into the mix is by winning their final two games, at Detroit and Oakland.
December 13, 2011 |
Someone asked Denver Broncos Coach John Fox this week how this storybook run of dramatic victories by quarterback Tim Tebow will end. "I have no idea," Fox said, jolly again after the latest Tebow-directed improbable victory — 13-10 in overtime against the Chicago Bears. "When you find out, let me know. " Well, we know now that Tebow and the 8-5 Broncos appear to be headed to the playoffs as AFC West champions. They have a one-game lead over the Oakland Raiders and a one-game cushion in the first tiebreaker, which is division record.