Ryan Mathews
NFL playoffs: Broncos vs. Chargers preview
NFL playoffs: Broncos vs. Chargers preview

Considering how last season ended for Denver — losing at home in the divisional round to eventual champion Baltimore; a game the Broncos had all but won — this season has been Super Bowl or bust for Peyton Manning & Co. from the start. San Diego is a scary opponent, though. The Chargers had to win their final four games of the season for a flicker of hope to make the playoffs, and everything broke their way. Counting last weekend's win at Cincinnati, the Chargers essentially have won five consecutive do-or-die "playoff" games. They are rolling, and that includes a cold-weather victory at Denver in December, the Broncos' only defeat at home. Of course, the star of this game is Manning,...