AFC playoff preview: Chargers at Broncos

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Chargers at Broncos

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Notable: Teams are meeting for the first time in the postseason. Broncos lead all-time series 58-49-1. San Diego got its first postseason win since 2009 by beating Cincinnati 27-10 on the road in a wild-card game last week.

About the Chargers: Quarterback Philip Rivers has a 4-4 career postseason record. In four career postseason road games, Rivers has completed 66 of 107 passes (61.7 pct.) for 911 yards with seven touchdowns, four interceptions and a 95.2 passer rating. For career, Rivers is 10-6 (.625) as starter vs. Broncos with 27 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 98.8 passer rating. ... Running back Ryan Mathews has five 100-yard rushing games in seven career contests against the Broncos. He is the first Charger to reach 1,200 rushing yards since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2007. ... Tight end Antonio Gates has six career touchdown catches against Denver. ... In 2013, Gates had 77 catches for 872 yards. ... Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle has two career interceptions against Denver ... Linebacker Thomas Keiser had an interception in the previous game against Denver. ... Linebacker Melvin Ingram and an interception in first career postseason game last week at Cincinnati.

About the Broncos: Denver has a 13-4 (.765) postseason record at home, tied for fourth-best all-time (minimum 10 games). ... Franchise is 8-5 (.615) all-time in divisional playoffs. … Broncos set an NFL single-season record with 606 points. ... Running back Knowshon Moreno (1,038) has reached 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career. ... Rookie running back Montee Ball averaged 6.6 yards per carry in December with one rushing touchdown ... Wide receiver Wes Welker has 69 receptions for 686 yards with four touchdowns in nine career postseason games. Welker needs two catches to surpass Hall of Famers Fred Biletnikoff (70) and Art Monk (69) for eighth-most catches in NFL playoff history. ... Cornerback Champ Bailey has two career postseason interceptions, including a 100-yard interception return in 2006 against New England (tied for second-longest return in postseason history). ... Linebacker Danny Trevathan led team in tackles with 124.

Injury report

Chargers: DNP: T D.J. Fluker (ankle), C Nick Hardwick (neck, concussion), RB Ryan Mathews (ankle), WR Eddie Royal (toe). LIMITED: G Jeromey Clary (shoulder), DE Sean Lissemore (shoulder), S Eric Weddle (hamstring). Broncos: DNP: DE Derek Wolfe (illness). FULL: CB Champ Bailey (shoulder), TE Joel Dreessen (knee), S Duke Ihenacho (concussion), T Winston Justice (finger), G Chris Kuper (ankle), QB Peyton Manning (ankle), C Steve Vallos (concussion), CB Kayvon Webster (thumb), WR Wes Welker (concussion).

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