Manning has lost his last three postseason games and is 4-6 in his past 10 overall against the Chargers, including playoff losses during the 2007 and 2008 seasons while with Indianapolis. Rivers has posted a 99.1 quarterback rating in going 6-2 all-time in Denver.
“I’ve always appreciated and look forward to, as a fan of his growing up, to go against a Peyton Manning-led team,” Rivers said. “The teams that we’ve both been on have had awesome games, and games have come down to the wire, overtime playoff games and our two games this year were really tight.
“They’re a No. 1 seed for a reason. This is a heck of a team and it’s rare to play an opponent three times in a season and being a division opponent, one we know well, they know us well. It’s going to be awesome.”
While the San Diego Chargers enter Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game in Denver as nearly double-digit underdogs, they aren’t lacking for confidence after getting the best of Peyton Manning’s Broncos at Mile High last month.
“It’s tough to say you’re confident knowing what you’re going against. You don’t want to take that the wrong way,” San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle said. “Do we believe we can win (again)? Yes. Do we know what a tough challenge it is and how great we have to play? Yeah. It’s not just because it’s happened in the past it’s going to happen. You still have to play at a high level and do the things necessary as a team to win.”
“… We have been the underdog all year. We are out to continue to believe in ourselves.”
It will be interesting to see if the Chargers can come out swinging and keep Peyton Manning and company down.