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2013 Broncos: vs. San Diego

Published: January 27, 2014, 5:36 pm, by Paul Klee

Next up: vs. Chargers, Week 15.

Sports-talk radio lit up like Aurora Borealis. Opinion pieces scooped dirt on Denver’s Super Bowl hopes. The blueprint for beating the Broncos had been delivered.

This was the beginning of the end, for sure.

Truth is, a home loss to the Chargers was the best thing that happened to the Broncos. The ’97-’98 Super Bowl champions combined for four losses in Decembers. This was that. I still contend San Diego’s triumph did the Broncos a Super favor.

The date: Dec. 12.

The game: Chargers 27, Broncos 20.

The site: Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The notable: The ’12 Broncos won 11 straight games to close the regular season. What if they had lost a regular-season game in December? We’re talking about back-to-back Super Bowl appearances.

The column: Broncos defense gives reason to worry in home loss to Chargers.

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