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Photos from the Broncos divisional playoff game against the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Fans celebrate in the parking lot before Broncos divisional playoff game against the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Young Broncos fans play a pickup game outside the stadium before the Broncos divisional playoff game against the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos fans tailgate in the parking lot before the Broncos divisional playoff game against the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos fans tailgate in the parking lot before the Broncos divisional playoff game against the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos fans tailgate in the parking lot before the Broncos divisional playoff game against the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Josh Pugh sports a Broncos mohawk outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sunday, January 12, 2014. Pugh worked on his hairdo for 13 hours. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Justin Grimmett dances to the marching band outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Owner of Real Time Moments Boss G pre games outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Rocky the Colorado Leprechaun cheers as fans arrive outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Billie Martin pre games outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Fans outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Broncos corner back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie dances as he prepares to take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes the ball during warmups as the Denver Broncos prepare to take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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The Broncos run off the field as they prepare to take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Wes Welker during warmups before the Broncos game against the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning during warmups before the Broncos game against the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning during warmups before the Broncos game against the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Peyton Manning during warmups before the Broncos game against the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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The Broncos hosted the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is sacked by Denver's Jeremy Mincey (obscured) and Mitch Unrein in the first quarter of their divisional playoff game Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker leans for extra yardage dragging Chargers cornerbck Richard Marshall in the first quarter of their divisional playoff game Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas stiff-arms a Chargers defender in the first quarter of their divisional playoff game Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos running back Montee Ball leans for extra yardage dragging Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright in the first quarter of their divisional playoff game Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas comes down with a touchdown catch as Eric Weddle defends in the first quarter of their divisional playoff game Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, right, and C.J. Anderson celebrate Thomas' touchdown catch in the first quarter of their divisional playoff game against the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos running back Montee Ball runs for yardage in the first quarter of Denver's divisional playoff game against the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker catches a pass and heads toward the end zone as he puts Denver Broncos up 14-0 against the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter of the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Chargers safety Marcus Gilchrist, right, celebrates as linebacker Donald Butler pulls in an interception for a touchback as the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. dives in to tackle Chargers running back Ronnie Brown as the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Broncos defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (96) grabs the ball after sacking Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers as the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning calls out a play as the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Earl Luga cheers as the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers yells at his team as the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Broncos safety Mike Adams (20) celebrates after teammates Chris Harris Jr. and Davis Brutton broke up a pass intended for Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen as the Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Broncos fans celebrate in the closing seconds of Denver's 24-17 win over the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho is mobbed by fans following Denver's 24-17 win over the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning smiles as he leaves the field following Denver's 24-17 win over the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Chargers kick returner Ronnie Brown, left, fumbles the ball in the end zone in the third quarter of Denver's 24-17 win over the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker stretches for extra yardage on a 19 yard reception in the third quarter of Denver's 24-17 win over the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws in the second half of Denver's 24-17 win over the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Julius Thomas high steps his way for extra yardage on a reception in the fourth quarter of Denver's 24-17 win over the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno leans is stopped by San Diego's Bront Bird on a seven yard run in the fourth quarter of Denver's 24-17 win over the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Julius Thomas hauls in a 21 yard reception on 3rd and 17 during the Broncos' final posession in their 24-17 win over the Chargers Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Trindon Holliday leads the team onto the field as they prepare to take on the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. The Broncos beat the Chargers 24-17. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Broncos fan Matt Mendez holds up a sign mocking Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers as the Denver Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers 24-17 in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers argues with an official after a pass interference call as the Denver Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers 24-17 in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas tries to step past Chargers safety Jahleel Addae, top, and strong safety Marcus Gilchrist as the Denver Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers 24-17 in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Chargers linebacker Reggie Walker and strong safety Marcus Gilchrist collide while tackling Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker. The Denver Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers 24-17 in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Broncos running back Montee Ball leans for extra yardage dragging Chargers cornerback Shareece Wright in the first quarter of their divisional playoff game Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers grimaces after being sacked as the Denver Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers 24-17 in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas stiff-arms a Chargers defender in the first quarter of their divisional playoff game Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho flips over Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen while helping Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard make the tackle. The Denver Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers 24-17 in the Divisional Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday, January 12, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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