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Broncos: Up next, again, are the Chargers

Published: January 5, 2014, 7:58 pm, by Paul Klee

The first game of the Broncos’ postseason will be all-AFC West, all-the-time. San Diego at Denver, Sunday afternoon.

And if there’s one American city that trumps Denver, it’s not Oakland, and it’s not Kansas City.

But it might be San Diego. The weather’s a plus, as is the view, and not only of the ocean. Pacific Beach, stand up. San Diego also gets a bonus point for its roller-disco fight song, performed by a group called Captain Q.B. and the Big Boys and released in 1979, two years before Philip Rivers was born.

Give me Colorado over California for tax purposes, fly-fishing opportunities and traffic. They might have Bill Murray now; but we had Bill Murray first, as a Regis dropout. So we’ve got that going for us. Which is nice.

The Broncos have the better team, which is also nice, but the Chargers are super-charging. I’ve never been a believer that it’s important to be the hot team come playoff time. The Broncos won 11 straight to close last season; the Ravens lost four of five. You know what happened. I’d prefer the healthy team. The Chargers are both, relatively speaking.

Regardless, over a 16-game regular season, the Broncos had the better team. They play again Sunday. For now, here are my previous columns from this season concerning the Chargers and Broncos.

DENVER: Chargers rank third (overall) and first (in AFC) as threats to Broncos reaching Super Bowl.

SAN DIEGO: Peyton Manning’s injury leaves room for Broncos concern.

DENVER: Philip Rivers and — surprise! — Peyton Manning among NFL’s best trash-talkers.

DENVER: Chargers follow perfect blueprint to beat Broncos.

PLAYOFFS PREVIEW: Why worry about Chargers? Their coach was a Bronco.

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