01/12/2014 04:24 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Broncos vs. Chargers LIVE SCORE UPDATES: Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers Duel In NFL Playoffs

Having already stopped Peyton Manning once during the regular season, the San Diego Chargers will need to do it again to reach the AFC Championship Game. The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, will look to translate their regular-season records into postseason glory.

Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers
TIME: 4:40 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO

After a record-setting campaign in which Manning and the offense racked up passing touchdowns, passing yards and points at a blistering pace, the Broncos will look to avenge one of their three regular-season defeats when they host the Chargers at Mile High in this all-AFC West divisional-round playoff game. After securing a first-round bye as the top seed in the AFC, the Broncos were nearly double-digit favorites after the Chargers dispatched the Bengals in the wild-card round. The Chargers struggled to reach the playoffs, clinching a spot late on the final Sunday of the regular season but were one of just three teams to defeat the Broncos.

"Do we believe we can win (again)? Yes,"Chargers safety Eric Weddle said of the AFC divisional-round playoff game, via "Do we know what a tough challenge it is and how great we have to play? Yeah. It's not just because it's happened in the past it's going to happen. You still have to play at a high level and do the things necessary as a team to win."

The Broncos may have Peyton on their side but the Chargers have the Philadelphia Eagles. In each of the last three seasons, the team to play the Eagles in their opener has gone on to win the Super Bowl. The schedule makers gifted the Chargers that lucky slot in 2013.


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Brady vs. Manning

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The Broncos defeat the Chargers, 24-17. BRADY-MANNING!

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GIF: Rivers' Reaction To Denver's 3rd Down Conversion

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2 Minutes

Peyton connected with D. Thomas for a 3-yard gain. 2-MINUTE WARNING.

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3rd And 6

On another 3rd down, Peyton dropped back and fired a pass to Julius Thomas for a gain of 9 and another first down. Chargers called a timeout with 2:02 left.

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After throwing an incomplete pass on 2nd and 17, Peyton found Julius Thomas WIDE OPEN down the right sideline and he kept both feet inbounds for a 21-yard gain. Under 3 minutes left. Chargers are starting to use their timeouts.

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No Onside Kick

Chargers opted not to go with the onside kick this time and now the Broncos will start their next drive at their own 25.

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On 4th and 5, Novak kicked a 30-yard field goal to make it 24-17 Broncos. 3:53 left in the game.