(Photo: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)
The Denver Broncos will play the San Diego Chargers on Sunday as Peyton Manning and his team finally get their postseason underway. The Chargers have managed some big wins of late, and they will be hoping to take down one of the favorites for this year's Super Bowl today. The Divisional Playoff game will start at 4.40 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the CBS network or online through free live stream (details below).
Last season the Broncos postseason came to an end when they lost at home in the divisional round to the Baltimore Ravens – who of course went on to win it all. Many had thought that the Broncos had that game in the bag, but they were ultimately eliminated in a dramatic game. This season they must make sure they do not suffer a similar lapse, as expectations are even higher and they know they have what it takes to go all the way this year.
However, they will know that San Diego are a team not to be underestimated. The Chargers ended up winning their final four games of the season to make the Playoffs, and they hit some fantastic form themselves in recent weeks.
Last week they had to play Cincinnati in the Wild Card game, and they came through that test too, meaning they have in essence won five straight win or die games.
Of course the Chargers also defeated Denver in December – which was the Broncos' only home defeat over the regular season. The Chargers are not a team to be taken lightly, and the Broncos will have to be firing on all cylinders to win this one.
Manning will be a massive player in deciding how this game will go. He is coming off a record breaking season, and he must now ramp things up even more in the Playoffs. He broke NFL records for yards passing (5,477), touchdowns (55), and first downs in the air (289).
The pressure of postseason football will not faze Manning as well. He is one of the most experienced players in the NFL, and he of course has a Super Bowl ring already through his time with the Indianapolis Colts. However, his critics point to his poor 9-11 record in the Playoffs as his ultimate weakness. He will be looking to silence his critics with a big win today and hopefully another Super Bowl ring this season.
The Denver Broncos will play the San Diego Chargers from 4.40 p.m. ET and the game can be watched on TV on the CBS network, or online through free live stream by clicking here.