ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – On Sunday, when the Broncos line up across from the Chargers in the Divisional Round of the 2013 playoffs, it will be exactly one month removed from the last matchup between the two teams.
On Dec. 12, the Chargers came to Sports Authority Field at Mile High and came away with a 27-20 victory in a Thursday night tilt.
Now that the two teams’ paths are crossing again on Jan. 12, that Thursday-night game has some lessons to offer.
“Get off the field on third down,” linebacker
The Chargers finished the Week 15 matchup having converted on six of their 12 third-down attempts and as a result controlled the time of possession. San Diego had the ball for more than 38 minutes, leaving the Broncos with the ball for a little more than 21.
This week, the Broncos' attention has turned to making sure that the Chargers don’t have the same successes they had in the last matchup.
“Can’t blame (the loss) on anybody but ourselves,” defensive end
But he did go on to say that they’ll be looking back at that game to see what things can be improved.
“You can’t blame (the loss) on anything because we both had short weeks it’s just that they outplayed us that week and (we will) just go back and look at the game to see what stuff we left out that we can do better,” Thomas said.
“Hopefully come Sunday, we’re capable of putting it on the field and getting the ‘W.’”
Head Coach John Fox said after practice Monday that they would gain knowledge from the last matchup but they would gain their motivation from the next one.“I think you always look back,” Fox said. “I mean, that is what the past – you try to learn from that. You try to get motivated by future. But you want to keep your focus in the present, in the now, and that’s what we’re trying to do with our football team.”