Denver Broncos Clinch AFC West Division Title after defeating the San Diego Chargers


The Denver Broncos clinched their fourth-straight AFC West Division title Sunday afternoon, defeating the San Diego Chargers by the final score of 22-10 at Qualcomm Stadium. Back-to-back-to-back-to-back – doesn’t get old saying that.

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Usually the star of the game for the Denver Broncos would regard quarterback Peyton Manning, running back C.J. Anderson, or even wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Not Sunday afternoon. Those honors belonged to kicker Connor Barth in my opinion. Barth went 5-of-5 for the second time this season, knocking down a huge 49-yard field goal late. In essence, Barth outscored San Diego by himself.

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Peyton Manning was battling flu-like symptoms prior to the game vs. San Diego and did so throughout the game as well. Towards the end of the first half. Manning left the field for an IV in which people thought he was hurt after laying a block for C.J. Anderson. Manning completed 14-of-20 passes for 233 yards, including one touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in the third quarter. Thomas went on to have a huge game, recording 123 yards receiving on six catches (targeted 11 times).

Denver’s defense was good, very good in fact. They went on to hold San Diego to just 10 points – allowing just 288 total yards of offense. Phillip Rivers looked baffled by Denver’s defense, completing just 24-of-41 passes for 232 yards while throwing two interceptions. Aqib Talib and Rahim Moore each recorded an interception as Moore‘s sealed the game.

Danny Trevathan appeared to injure his leg in the win but said it isn’t as serious as the prior leg injuries. Trevathan’s presence on this defense is huge and would be a blow if he won’t be ready for the playoffs.

C.J. Anderson was a work-horse yet again. The back carried the ball 29 times Sunday afternoon, racking up 85 yards to his credit. Anderson now sits at 679 yards on the season while averaging 4.6 yards per rush.

The Denver Broncos (11-3) return to action next  Monday night as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals. Kick-off is scheduled for 8:30 PM EST, 6:30 PM MST and will be televised on ESPN.