The last time the Denver Broncos played the San Diego Chargers on the road it was not looking good in the first half. Then something happened and the Broncos began an incredible comeback before they ended up winning the game 35-24 on a October night in San Diego. The Broncos have only lost one regular season game since.
The Broncos face off against the Chargers Sunday afternoon in the stadium in which it all got started. Last season, the Broncos were 2-3 going into their game against the Chargers, and that game turned their season around in a huge way. Ever since the Broncos came out of San Diego victorious they have only lost one regular season game against the Indianapolis Colts back in Week 7. Was the turnaround that Monday night last season the defining moment of the Broncos’ recent success? It can be argued that it is the reason and here is the reasoning behind it.
In any type of sport it is always nice to get that signature win against your rival. For the Broncos, that comeback win being down 24-0 at the half gave them a huge confidence boost. Looking at all the factors and the chain reaction of that win it began a winning streak of 17 straight regular season wins. During that Monday Night game something must have happened because the 2-3 Broncos team that was behind the Chargers in the division started to play like a team on a mission. The win was significant because it led to the winning streak, the Broncos winning the division, getting home-field advantage, and finally gelling together an offense around the skill of Peyton Manning. That game did a lot more for the team than we may know. Let’s just hope that when halftime hits this weekend that team that was left in the San Diego locker room does not emerge. Although with how this team has played since that game it’s highly doubtful that will happen.