"But now it's a different story." At the time, Rivers was in his second season as a starting quarterback, had yet to win a playoff game and was still considered a secondary light on the Chargers' offense behind running back La Dainian Tomlinson, who was a year removed from scoring an NFL-record 31 touchdowns.Rivers was still maturing, but by then had already established mastery over the Broncos, which continued with 23-3 victory on Dec.There was every reason for the Chargers to feel cocky at that moment.
Clady has never missed a regular-season game in five NFL seasons. Wide receiver Matt Willis returned to practice after missing Thursday's work for undisclosed, non-football reasons. Cornerback Tony Carter was held out of practice because of an illness. Kickoff/punt returner Trindon Holliday practiced for the first time as a Bronco after being claimed off waivers from Houston on Thursday.
"It was bad, it was brutal, La Dainian and the records and all that stuff, so I still remember those days, so I think we're more equipped now." The Broncos forged a series split last year, and have won two of their last three at Qualcomm Stadium.
They have the same number of playoff appearances — one apiece — since Cutler left the rivalry when he was traded to Chicago in 2009.
He matches up against the Andre Johnsons of the world, the big, strong, physical, fast guys.
Then he'll match up against quick, real good route running, quick receivers, guys like that, too. You can watch him match up against whoever they want to put him on, whether it's Mike Wallace or whether it's Calvin Johnson, through the years; I'm not just talking about this year.