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Chargers-Broncos capsule preview

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (10-7) at DENVER BRONCOS (13-3)

3:40 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE – Broncos by 9½

RECORD VS. SPREAD – San Diego 10-6-1, Denver 11-5

SERIES RECORD – Broncos lead 58-49-1

LAST MEETING – Chargers beat Broncos, 27-20, on Dec. 12

LAST WEEK – Chargers beat Bengals, 27-10; Broncos had bye

CHARGERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (5), RUSH (13), PASS (4)

CHARGERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (23), RUSH (12), PASS (29)

BRONCOS OFFENSE – OVERALL (1), RUSH (15), PASS (1)

BRONCOS DEFENSE – OVERALL (19), RUSH (7T), PASS (27)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – First time the longtime division rivals are meeting in the postseason. … Chargers held the ball for nearly 18 minutes longer than Broncos in 27-20 win on Dec. 12, the only home loss of the season for Denver. … San Diego led the league in 10-play drives (39). … First-year Head Coach Mike McCoy knows the Broncos well after spending four seasons in the Mile High City as offensive coordinator. … QB Philip Rivers is 10-6 against Denver, throwing for 3,830 yards with 27 TDS and 12 interceptions. He’s 6-2 in Denver. … RB Ryan Mathews ran only one time in the second half at Cincinnati because of an ankle injury. Mathews was the only back to top 100 yards on the Broncos in the regular season, gaining 127 yards on 29 carries last month. … Mathews rushed for a career-high 1,255 yards in 2013, the eighth-best performance in franchise history. … WR Keenan Allen set rookie team records in receptions (71) and yards (1,046). … The Broncos captured their 13th AFC West title this season, moving past Oakland (12) for most among division members. San Diego has 10. … Coach John Fox is the fifth coach in NFL history to secure division titles in his first three seasons with a team. … Denver finished the regular season with an NFL-record 606 points. … QB Peyton Manning set league records for yards passing (5,477), TDs (55) and first downs through the air (289). … Manning is 167-73 in the regular season and 9-11 in the postseason. … WR Wes Welker missed the last meeting with San Diego due to a concussion. He’s been cleared to play. … The Broncos are the first team to have five receivers catch at least 60 passes. WR Demaryius Thomas led the way with 92 receptions. … Denver also is the first team to have five players with at least 10 touchdowns in a season: Thomas (14), Knowshon Moreno (13), Julius Thomas (12), Eric Decker (11) and Welker (10). … Moreno had 10 TD runs and 3 TD catches. He also topped 1,000 yards rushing for first time in his 5-year career with 1,038 yards. … CB Champ Bailey missed both games against San Diego this season with a nagging foot injury.

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