Login  |   Register
On Now
Coming Up
  • Sun., Sep. 04, 2016 8:00 AM MDT 2016 Back to Football 7k The 2016 Broncos Back to Football 7k date is Sunday, September 4, 2016! Click here for more information
  • Sun., Sep. 04, 2016 8:30 AM MDT Health & Wellness Expo Broncos 7K, followed by Health & Wellness Expo
  • Mon., Sep. 12, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM MDT PLAY 60 Kickoff PLAY 60 Kickoff
    Date: Monday 9/12 4-6 pm
    Location: Owen Boys & Girls Club
    Description: Annual kickoff for the Fall PLAY 60 Challenge
  • Mon., Sep. 12, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM MDT Mom’s Football Safety Clinic Mom’s Football Safety Clinic
    Date: Monday 9/12 6-9 pm
    Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Description: Third annual Mom’s Football Safety Clinic.
  • Tue., Sep. 13, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM MDT PLAY 60 Kickoff PLAY 60 Kickoff
    Date: Tuesday 9/13 4-6 pm
    Location: Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club
    Description: Annual kickoff for the Fall PLAY 60 Challenge
  • Tue., Sep. 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM MDT Mom’s Football Safety Clinic Mom’s Football Safety Clinic
    Date: Tuesday 9/13 6-9 pm
    Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Description: Third annual Mom’s Football Safety Clinic.
  • Fri., Sep. 23, 2016 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM MDT Broncos en Español Cuenta Regresiva para Broncos en Español
    Viernes 23 de septiembre de 2016 • 5:30-8:30PM MDT
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High ¡Evento gratis para toda la familia!

    Los boletos para Broncos en Español son gratis y estarán disponibles en las taquillas del estadio Sports Authority Field at Mile High, a partir del 24 to agosto. en horario de lunes a viernes de 8 AM a 5 PM
  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM MDT Hometown Huddle Hometown Huddle
    Date: Monday 10/3 5-7 pm
    Location: UCHealth Training Facility
    Description: Annual celebration of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver kids participating in the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge.
  • Fri., Oct. 07, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM MDT Crush Night Out Crush Night Out
    October 7, 2016
    6PM - 9:30PM
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High

    Tickets on sale August 30, 2016
    For more information click here
  • Sat., Oct. 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM MDT Trick-or-Treat Party

    Trick-or-Treat Party
    October 15 • 10AM - 2PM
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High

    For more information visit Broncosbunch.com

Print
RSS

Divisional Playoff Matchups Not Uncommon

Posted Jan 7, 2014

Sunday will mark the Broncos' fifth playoff matchup with a division opponent, but it's not an uncommon event in recent NFL history.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- On Sunday, the Broncos and Chargers will meet for the third time this season.

If it seems unique -- it is for Denver.

It's just the fifth time the Broncos have played an AFC West opponent in the postseason, and the first since Denver and Kansas City squared off in the Wild Card Round after the 1997 season.

"You get into the playoffs and they’re all difficult," Head Coach John Fox said. "That is why they have the playoffs. Regardless of whether it’s in your division, how many times you’ve played them, it’s a single-elimination tournament and whoever plays the best wins.”

But division teams matching up for a third time in the playoffs is more common across the league than some may realize.

In fact, it's happened at least once in all but two seasons since the NFL realigned its divisions in 2002.

Since that realignment, division opponents have met for a third time in the playoffs on 15 separate occasions.

Eight of those times came in the Wild Card Round, five in the Divisional Round -- including this year's San Diego-Denver tilt -- and twice in conference championship games.

Four times a team that went 2-0 against their divisional playoff opponent made it a three-game sweep in the postseason. Twice, an 0-2 regular-season record was negated by a win in the playoffs.

On the other eight previous occasions, the two teams split the regular-season series. When it came to the playoffs, the home team has won four times and the road team has won four times.

The Broncos and Chargers, who split their 2013 regular-season series, will break that tie on Sunday, one way or the other.

"It’s kind of that rubber match, so to speak. Third-time around, it’s win-or-go-home," wide receiver Eric Decker said. "So, for us, this is a good challenge and we’re excited about it."

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.