Sunday goes badly for Chargers Michael Gehlken (paywall)
Only if the Chargers win their final two games, at home versus the Raiders and Chiefs, can they make the playoffs at 9-7. That is contingent on, first, Miami (8-6) not winning either of its final two games, at Buffalo in Week 16 and versus the Jets in Week 17. Equally vital, the Ravens (7-6) must fail to reach nine wins. Baltimore plays Monday night in Detroit, hosts the Patriots the next week and then, at home, faces the Bengals.
The AFC Playoff Blender - Bill Barnwell
The Chargers dominated this game on both sides of the line of scrimmage, with Ryan Mathews running for 127 yards on 29 carries, extending drive after drive with first downs. Rivers completed just 12 passes all day, but those 12 completions produced 10 first downs and two touchdowns
ReFo: Chargers @ Broncos, Week 15 - Ben Stockwell
We’re used to seeing Von Miller being a one-man wrecking crew on the edge for the Broncos, but we’re used to seeing him do it against both run and pass or just as a pass rusher. Last night he was destructive as a run defender, though Ryan Mathews often found ways to get around his disruption to improvise solid gains, but he was invisible as a pass rusher.
Chargers tame Manning; playoff hopes alive - Eric Williams
"Some of the disguises, it looked like to me from the sideline, were really beneficial," San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers said. "[Eric] Weddle was all over the place, along with Donald Butler. Gilchrist played the nickel today, which was kind of his home from years past. And I think he had a heck of a game."
Broncos' defense can't give a helping hand - Jeff Legwold
"I’d say we didn’t have our best stuff. … They obviously did a better job getting ready on a short week than we did," Denver coach John Fox said.
Three people were taken into custody and two were released pending further investigation. Warneke said 29-year-old Justin Lee Manzanares is being held for investigation of assault charges. Police say he pulled a knife from a sheath he was wearing on his belt and cut or stabbed all three people. They say the fight started after Manzanares pulled out of a parking space and nearly hit the victims' vehicle.