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"To be even in the same breath with that guy is humbling," Miller said. "It's about wearing '58' and playing in a way he would play."
Miller was constantly in the Chargers backfield, beating anyone they assigned to stop him. Even when Miller wasn't getting to Rivers, the quarterback was still hearing his footsteps.
Take this for instance: Late in the fourth quarter, Miller was chipped by tight end Antonio Gates and completely out of the play. Only, he quickly regained his balance enough to disrupt Rivers, who overthrew his target and into the hands of Broncos safety Jim Leonhard.
Such was the day for Rivers.
Such has been the season for the Chargers, whose postseason chances have grown even bleaker.
"We can't worry about that. We just have to go try and win a game," said Rivers, who threw two TD passes along and two interceptions. "We have to hang our hat on controlling what we can control."
The Chargers jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Manning's pass was batted up in the air and picked off by Weddle, who raced 23 yards for the score. San Diego also intercepted Manning for a score on Oct. 15 as the Chargers raced out to a 24-0 halftime lead.
But Denver scored 35 unanswered points in the second half for a 35-24 win.
This time, there were no big comebacks necessary.
Denver led 30-16 after a field goal by Matt Prater with 4:14 remaining. Danario Alexander hauled in a late 21-yard TD pass but the Chargers couldn't recover the onside kick.
"We aren't the type of team that gives up," receiver Malcom Floyd said. "All we can do is just keep chipping."
The Broncos feel the same way.
In their eyes, they've secured nothing even after winning five straight.
"Having a nice (division) lead, it's comfortable, but we need to get back at it and get better every week," Decker said. "We've got bigger goals ahead of us."
NOTES: Broncos special teams stalwart Omar Bolden suffered a concussion in the first quarter and didn't return. ... LB Nate Irving's block of Mike Scifres' punt was the first for the Broncos since Oct. 7, 2007, against the Chargers. ... Playing in his first game after missing the start of the season due to suspension, Broncos LB D.J. Williams finished with four tackles and one for a loss. "It's been so long since I've been in a live football game, be out there and be able to hit somebody," he said. ... Rex Hadnot replaced LG Tyronne Green (hamstring) in the second quarter and David Molk replaced RG Louis Vasquez, who was shaken up but returned after halftime. ... LB Larry English (leg), Jammer (calf) also got hurt.
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