The Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers will play for the third time this season in an AFC divisional round playoff game Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“I’m excited just to be in the playoffs and play again,” wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said, via the Broncos official site.. “So that was the main thing. But it’s a great opponent and I’m excited about playing them since it’s our next opponent.”
“They’ve been playing hungry,” fellow receiver Eric Decker said of the Chargers. “I think from our game on, it’s been playoff football for them. They’ve been playing well as a team. For us, our biggest thing is we’ve got to match them physically. We’ve got to bring some energy. I think that is something we didn’t do last time around. But again, that is in the past. We’re focused on the present and really our matchup this weekend at home.”
The Chargers beat the Broncos 27-20 in Week 15, giving Denver their only home loss of the season.
The Chargers converted on six of their 12 third-down attempts, controlling the ball for more than 38 minutes.
“Get off the field on third down,” said linebacker Wesley Woodyard of the Broncos defensive plan. “They had 175 yards on the ground but we didn’t get off the field on third down. They were like 50 percent and that was the key. Anytime you play a good running team if you’re not off the field on third down then they can just continue to keep running the ball and control the clock. That was the big thing — getting off the field on third down.”
Thomas doesn’t think the game in December is relevant to this Sunday’s game, but he plans to still look back at the game to see what things can be improved.
“You can’t blame (the loss) on anything because we both had short weeks it’s just that they outplayed us that week and (we will) just go back and look at the game to see what stuff we left out that we can do better,” Thomas said.
“Hopefully come Sunday, we’re capable of putting it on the field and getting the ‘W.’”