Replay of our Broncos Gameday Report — No. 6 Chargers (10-7) at No. 1 Broncos (13-3) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Jan. 12, 2014.

Broncos 24, Chargers 17. Photos: Broncos vs. Chargers

Denver sports columnist Paul Klee game blog HERE

DENVER — Peyton Manning welcomed Wes Welker back into the lineup with a touchdown toss and the Denver Broncos narrowly avoided a repeat of their playoff slip from last year, advancing to the AFC championship game with a 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

The Broncos (14-3) controlled the game for 3½ quarters before Philip Rivers capitalized on an injury to cornerback Chris Harris Jr. to stage a comeback reminiscent of Baltimore's shocking win at Denver exactly a year earlier.

This time, however, Manning rescued the Broncos from the brink of another crushing collapse and sent them into the title game for the first time in eight seasons.