Throughout most of the AFC Divisional Playoff game on Sunday, it seemed as if the Denver Broncos were going to cruise their way into next Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. Still, despite a tremendous fourth quarter effort from San Diego, Peyton Manning and the Broncos were able to hold on, 24-17, to advance to next week’s AFC Championship Game, which they will host.
With about eight minutes to go in the final quarter, the Broncos took a commanding 24-7 lead on a Knowshon Moreno three-yard scoring run and seemed ready to just roll away with this one.
However, a few minutes later, Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense struck back when the QB hit his main target, Keenan Allen, for a 16-yard touchdown pass, which capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive.
Then, things got really interesting when the Chargers were able to recover a beautifully executed onside kick, which resulted in a field goal, cutting the lead down to an even more manageable seven points.
Unfortunately for Rivers and the Chargers, they weren’t able to hold of Manning and the Broncos offense as they were able to make the plays to run the clock out the rest of the way.
So now, next Sunday, we’re set up for yet another Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady AFC Championship Game showdown in Denver for the right to go to the Super Bowl.