Bolts earn another postseason shot at Manning

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 6, 2014 at 8:11 pm •  Published: January 6, 2014

The Chargers stunned the Broncos 27-20 at Denver on Dec. 12 during a four-game winning streak that, coupled with a lot of help from other teams, allowed the Bolts to sneak off with the AFC's final playoff berth.

With Ryan Mathews running for 127 yards, the Chargers kept Manning on the sideline most of the game. When the Broncos had the ball, San Diego's defense frustrated Manning.

So now the Chargers go back to Denver to face a record-setting offense led by Manning, who set NFL records with 55 TD passes and 5,447 yards through the air.

"Well, we have been the underdog all year," Weddle said. "I have been the underdog my whole life, so it is no different. We are out to continue to believe in ourselves. The great thing about this team is the struggles and the ups and downs have really molded us into what we are right now, which is a confident belief in each other. We are going to stick by each other. We really have a sense and a belief that we are us and we could care less what the outside thinks of us.

"It's great to be a part of, because we know everyone is focused on each other and getting better and ultimately to play the best we can. When you are worried about the outside, your play suffers and it clouds your mind a little bit. It has been a joy to be a part of this team and to see our growth. We have an ultimate challenge this week, but we are excited for it."

Rivers said the Chargers need to remember how hard and well they played on both sides of the ball at Denver last month and how they capitalized inside the 20.

"All those things are the reasons we won. We didn't just go in there and win. So it's going to be hard," Rivers said. "They're a No. 1 seed for a reason. This is a heck of a team and it's rare to play an opponent three times in a season and being a division opponent, one we know well, they know us well. It's going to be awesome."


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