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Broncos Host Chargers in Season Finale

Posted Dec 28, 2010

The Broncos finish off the 2010 season with Sunday's game against San Diego at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Click here for all the information you'll need leading up to the 2:15 p.m. MST kickoff.

Note: Below is a portion of the team's weekly press release. To view a PDF of the complete release, click here.

THIS WEEK'S GAME

The Denver Broncos (4-11) will cap the 51st season in franchise history when they host the San Diego Chargers (8-7) on Sunday at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Kickoff for the game is set for 2:15 p.m. MST.

QUICK HITS

  • Eric Studesville was named the fourth interim head coach and the 13th overall head coach in franchise history on Dec. 6.
  • Denver’s running game has become one of the Broncos’ strengths in the second half of the season, ranking first in the NFL with an improvement of 1.8 yards per carry and placing second with an increase of 55.6 yards per game since Week 10.
  • Denver has held its last four opponents to a combined 13-of-49 (26.5%) on third downs with that percentage ranking first in the NFL among teams that have played four games in the month of December.
  • Tim Tebow accounted for two fourth-quarter touchdowns in his first home start last week against Houston and became just the second quarterback in team history (Frank Tripucka, 1960, ‘62) to bring Denver back from a 17-point halftime deficit.
  • Brandon Lloyd, who has totaled 72 receptions for an league-high 1,375 receiving yards—a total that ranks second in franchise history in a single season—owns a 19.1 receiving average that is the third-highest since the 1970 NFL merger (min. 72 rec.).
  • Wesley Woodyard leads the team with 15 special-teams tackles in just 10 games played this season with his 1.5 special-teams stops per game tying for second in the NFL according to press box totals.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
TELEVISION:
KCNC-TV (CBS 4): Don Criqui (play-by-play) and Steve Beuerlein (color commentary) will call the game.
LOCAL RADIO: KOA Radio (850 AM): Dave Logan (play-by-play) and Brian Griese (color commentary) will call the game with Andy Lindahl reporting from the sidelines.
LOCAL SPANISH RADIO: KBNO Radio (1280 AM): Fernando Sergio (play-by-play) and Yuri Vasquez (color commentary) will call the game.

BRONCOS VS. CHARGERS -- POINTS OF INTEREST

The Denver Broncos (4-11) will close out the 2010 season when they host the San Diego Chargers (8-7) on Sunday... Interim Head Coach Eric Studesville, who took the reigns on Monday, Dec. 6., is the fourth interim head coach and the 13th overall head coach in franchise history... Now in their sixth decade of professional football in 2010, the Broncos are one of just four teams to record three 90+ win decades since 1960 and the only organization to do so in each of the last three decades... During the Pat Bowlen era (1984-Pres.), the Broncos own the most regular-season wins (255) in the AFC (2nd in NFL)... Former Broncos RB Terrell Davis and TE Shannon Sharpe are among the 26 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011... QB Tim Tebow accounted for two fourth-quarter touchdowns in his first home start last week against Houston and became just the second quarterback in team history (Frank Tripucka, 1960, ‘62) to bring Denver back from a 17-point halftime deficit... Tebow owns the highest passer rating (100.7) of any of the seven rookie quarterbacks who have started a game in 2010, and his five rushing touchdowns are tied for second in the NFL among all quarterbacks... WR Brandon Lloyd, who has totaled 72 receptions for an league-high 1,375 receiving yards—a total that ranks second in franchise history in a single season—owns a 19.1 receiving average that is the third-highest since the 1970 NFL merger (min. 72 rec.)... WR Eddie Royal is the fifth player in franchise history to post at least 1,000 combined yards in each of his first three NFL seasons and joins San Diego RB Darren Sproles as the only two NFL players to record 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 2,000 return yards since 2008.... WR Demaryius Thomas totaled eight receptions for 97 yards (12.1 avg.) with one touchdown in his NFL debut against Seattle in Week 2, marking the second-highest reception total for a player’s NFL debut in franchise history... Thomas became one of just nine NFL players since 1970 to record at least eight catches in their professional debut... RB Knowshon Moreno ranks fourth in team history with 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons with the club with that total tied for second among NFL players who entered the league in 2009... Moreno is the fifth player in franchise history to total 1,000 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two NFL seasons... OL Ryan Clady was named the team’s recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award and has started all 15 games at left tackle for the Broncos after recovering from an offseason knee injury... OL J.D. Walton is one of five rookie offensive linemen to start every game for his team this season and has played in all but one snap on the year... LB D.J. Williams leads the club with 116 (91 solo) tackles for his fourth consecutive 100-tackle season and fifth such effort of his seven-year NFL career... LB Mario Haggan has started all 15 games for Denver this season (eight at inside linebacker and seven at outside linebacker), while ranking first on the team in sacks (5-45) and forced fumbles (2) and second on the club with a career-high 78 tackles (66 solo)... Haggan is one of just five players in the NFL with 75+ tackles and 5+ sacks... CB Champ Bailey is coming off his ninth Pro Bowl last season to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes for the most Pro Bowls at cornerback in NFL history... Bailey has totaled the most interceptions (48) in the NFL among cornerbacks since entering the league in 1999 and is tied for the sixth-most interceptions (30) by a Bronco in team annals... S Brian Dawkins was named a Pro Bowl starter in his first season with Denver and tied former Broncos S Steve Atwater for the third-most Pro Bowl selections (8) by a safety in NFL history... K Steven Hauschka has connected on 6-of-7 field goal attempts for the Broncos since he was signed on Dec. 11 to replace injured K Matt Prater... LB Wesley Woodyard leads the club with 15 special-teams stops in just 10 games played with his 1.5 special-teams tackles per game tying for second in the NFL (min. 7 GP)... P Britton Colquitt’s five games this season with a 50+ yard gross average tie him for second in the NFL in that category.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: VS. CHARGERS

Moreno (1,108 SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 2010) - Can set a career high in yards from scrimmage with 53 yards on Sunday.
Buckhalter (2,936 CAREER RUSHING YARDS) - Can reach 3,000 career rushing yards with 64 yards on Sunday.
Lloyd (1,375 RECEIVING YARDS IN 2010) - Can capture the league receiving yardage title, becoming the first Bronco to accomplish the feat.
Bailey (29 INT w/DEN) - Can tie Dennis Smith for sixth place on the Broncos career interceptions list with one interception on Sunday.
Daniel Graham (TD RECEPTIONS IN 8 STRAIGHT SEASONS) - Can join Tony Gonzalez, Todd Heap and Alge Crumpler as the only tight ends to catch at least on touchdown pass in every season from 2002-10 with a touchdown on Sunday.

RUNNING GAME SHOWS IMPROVEMENT

The Broncos have showcased one of the NFL's most-improved running games in the second half of the season. In its last seven games, Denver has registered a 1.8-yards-per-carry improvement that ranks first in the NFL during that span. The Broncos’ improvement of 55.6 rushing yards per game over their last seven contests ranks second in the league.

BAILEY PRODUCES AS A BRONCO

Cornerback Champ Bailey, who is in his seventh season with the Broncos in 2010, has the sixth-most interceptions (30) in the NFL since he was traded to Denver from Washington in 2004. He had 18 interceptions with the Broncos from 2005-06 with that total marking the most by an NFL player in a two-year stretch since Everson Walls had 18 interceptions for Dallas from 1981-82.

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