Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) is greeted by teammates while running onto the field before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Divisional Round: Chargers @ Broncos Tickets Preview

After barely getting into the playoffs, the San Diego Chargers will be facing off against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos after upsetting the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card Game. For the Broncos, their opponent for the Divisional Round was going to be one of two evils. Either the Chargers, who beat the Broncos 27-20 in Week 15 or the Indianapolis Colts, who beat the Broncos 39-33 back in Week 7. Denver will hope this weekend looks more like the 28-20 win from Week 10 against San Diego to prevent the second one-and-done playoff appearance in two seasons.

Broncos fans, however, don’t seem to be concerned with the opponent. Denver Broncos playoff tickets for this weekend have an average price of $488, 50.15% above the average regular season price of Broncos home games. The get-in price of $156 trails only Seattle for the most expensive of the weekend. This game is also 110% above the average price of the Week 15 Thursday night game between these two teams in Denver.

Each team won on the road in the two division games during the regular season. Both games were only decided by one possession, so this weekend could see another close game. Denver finished with the league’s best offense, a quarterback breaking the single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns can do that, and San Diego finished with one of the league’s worst defenses. The Chargers, though, were able to hold the Broncos under 30 points in both regular season games and the defense was able to hold the Bengals to just 10 points in the first round of the playoffs.

With the strength of both teams being their passing game and the weakness being the pass defense, this could be a game of dueling touchdown from Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers. If that’s the case and the game turns into a shootout like Denver’s 51-48 Week 5 win in Dallas, no price could match the excitement a game like that could bring to this already thrilling NFL playoffs.

It may not be likely that happens, but the Broncos still have a tougher road to the Super Bowl than they planned on having after a first-round bye. It’s a high price for tickets, but Denver fans don’t seem to mind if it gets them one step closer to the game in MetLife Stadium.

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  • Jon Humphrey


    San Diego Chargers (10 – 7) @ Denver Broncos (13 – 3)
    Sunday January 12, 1:40 PM PST
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO

    The San Diego Chargers visit the Denver Broncos in the closing game of the Divisional Round. The Broncos are a 10 point favorite. The total is set at 55.

    The San Diego Chargers come into Denver as arguably the hottest team in the NFL having been in a must win situation for weeks now. The Chargers dominated the Bengals in Cincinnati last Sunday on both sides of the ball winning convincingly 27 – 10 as a 7 point dog. Denver finishing with the best record in the AFC had the weekend off to get healthy and prepare for the Chargers.

    The Chargers will run the ball first, then pass underneath, then gain chunk yardage with the intermediate routes. Rivers rarely throws the deep ball as his receivers aren’t the 6’5”type guys that can catch the jump ball down field. Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt has done a spectacular job with his offensive play calling leading the league in time of possession without the big names many other playoff teams possess.

    The Broncos pass the ball, a lot. They led the league in just about every offensive category including a ridiculous 340 yards passing per game, good for 37 points per game. We all know what Peyton Manning can do and has done throughout his career. If he’s on his game Sunday it’ll be a blowout, but if the Chargers can get some pressure and confuse the future Hall of Famer they’ll have a chance.

    If there is one team Peyton Manning doesn’t want to face it’s the Chargers as his career record is 7 – 5 (0 – 2) in the playoffs with a QBR of 84%. The X factor in this game is the resurgence of the Chargers defense. They are hot at the right time; look for Rivers and the Chargers to eat clock again and do just enough to pull off the upset win.

    PREDICTION: Chargers 27, Broncos 24
    Play San Diego Chargers +10

  • doomedby2020

    “Denver finished with the league’s best offense,…, and San Diego finished with one of the league’s worst defenses. ”

    Oh please, San Diego has 5th ranked offense. Denver defense is ranked 19th, San Diego 23rd . Not much of a difference between the two.