Rapid Reaction: San Diego Chargers - Eric Williams
San Diego could not overcome several injuries that left the Chargers shorthanded. Running back Ryan Mathews tried to play through a balky left ankle injury. However, Mathews was mostly ineffective, finishing with 26 yards on five carries. Mathews did not play in the second half. Right guard Jeromey Clary was inactive due to a shoulder injury, with Johnnie Troutman replacing him at right guard.
Upon Further Review: Chargers-Broncos - ESPN Video
ESPN.com NFL Nation reporters Jeff Legwold and Eric D. Williams discuss the Denver Broncos' 24-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers in an AFC divisional playoff game.
Uncharacterstic Plays Too Much to Overcome - Ricky Henne
"The way we executed and communicated wasn’t up to par, but I take responsibility because part of that was my fault," said D.J. Fluker. "I should never give up sacks, especially like the ones in the first quarter of the game. We came to life eventually, and it was about how much effort we put into it, and I take blame for (my shortcomings)."
Ground Game Proved Key in this Match - Nick Toney
Meanwhile, Moreno and Ball reestablished the Broncos rushing attack. Moreno went for 82 tough yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Ball added 52 yards on 10 carries. Both marks helped the Broncos hold the ball for over 10 more minutes than the Bolts.
Chargers Last Ditch Effort Not Enough to Salvage Season - Ricky Henne
Donald Butler and Jahleel Addae combined to force a big fumble on the second play of the second quarter. The Bolts got it into field goal range, but Nick Novak’s plant leg slipped as he kicked a 53-yarder then ended up falling short and wide left. The Broncos responded with a touchdown to Wes Welker to give them a 14 point lead. They enjoyed a minimum of a two score advantage for the vast majority of the game as the Bolts weren’t able to finish off a furious fourth quarter rally.