The Chargers (6-7) enter tonight's game against the Broncos having long since left behind any hope of catching up in their division but still holding on to hope for the final remaining wild card position in the AFC. The Chargers are currently one game behind the Dolphins and Ravens with the Ravens currently holding the tie breaking over Miami. Of course compounding the difficulty of playing the Broncos this evening is the fact that the Chargers must do so in Mile High Stadium, one of the most difficult places for an opponent to play in the NFL or maybe it's just playing Denver with Peyton Manning at the helm that makes it so hard.
The Bronco's (11-2) on the other hand are looking to clinch the AFC West this weekend with a win over the Chargers and a loss by the Chiefs. Last week the Bronco's officially clinched a position in the playoffs with a win over the Titans while also holding on the inside track for home field advantage throughout this years playoffs. The Bronco's though know that the Chiefs and Patriots do not figure to go away easily and they may be forced to win out their remaining games to secure home field for the playoffs.
In their first meeting of the season the Chargers put up a fight towards the end of the game after falling behind 28-6 going in to the middle of the third quarter. This proved to be too little too late with San Diego falling 28-20 despite a solid day from Chargers starting quarterback Philip Rivers who threw for 218, a touchdown and no picks. He will most likely need to have an even more solid outing tonight against a Denver team who's starting quarterback, Peyton Manning, has already thrown for 4,522 yards and 45 touchdowns in 13 games.