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Are the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos Rivals?
Yes, the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos are rivals in the National Football League. Historically, the Chargers and Broncos have competed in the same conference since the formation of the American Football League in 1960. Through league mergers and city swaps, the two teams have clashed 126 times entering 2023. Currently, both teams compete in the AFC West, where they have developed a bitter rivalry, occasionally thwarting each other’s playoff ambitions in dramatic fashion.
Who are the Los Angeles Chargers’ Biggest Rivals?
The Los Angeles Chargers maintain rivalries in the AFC West with the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders. Coming out ahead in close games and recent upsets, both the Chiefs and Raiders have dashed the Chargers’ playoff hopes in years past, adding fuel to the fire of their rivalry.
Who are the Denver Broncos’ Biggest Rivals?
The Denver Broncos have regional rivalries in the AFC West with the Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders. In recent years, the Broncos also began feuding with the New England Patriots during the era of the Broncos MVP quarterback Peyton Manning and Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.
Game Results Between the Broncos & Chargers
Clashing for the first time in 1960, the Broncos and Chargers rivalry began very one-sided, with the Chargers winning the first four matchups, going on to dominate the decade 15-5 through 1969. Playing twice a year ever since, it was a game of catchup for the Broncos to eventually overtake the Chargers in the all time series in the late ’80s. Entering the 2023 season and standing at 71-55-1 in favor of the Broncos, the rivalry activates both fan bases to see which club will carry the winning momentum into the future.
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Location||Winner||Score|
|01/08/2023||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||31-28|
|10/17/2022||Chargers||Broncos||SoFi Stadium||Los Angeles||19-16|
|01/02/2022||Chargers||Broncos||SoFi Stadium||Los Angeles||34-13|
|11/28/2021||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||28-13|
|12/27/2020||Chargers||Broncos||SoFi Stadium||Los Angeles||19-16|
|11/01/2020||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||31-30|
|12/01/2019||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||23-20|
|12/30/2018||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Los Angeles||23-9|
|10/22/2017||Chargers||Broncos||SoFi Stadium||Los Angeles||21-0|
|09/11/2017||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||24-21|
|10/30/2016||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||27-19|
|10/13/2016||Chargers||Broncos||SoFi Stadium||Los Angeles||21-13|
|01/03/2016||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||27-20|
|10/23/2014||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||35-21|
|01/12/2014||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||24-17|
|12/12/2013||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Los Angeles||27-20|
|11/18/2012||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||30-23|
|10/09/2011||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Los Angeles||29-24|
|01/02/2011||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Los Angeles||33-28|
|11/22/2010||Chargers||Broncos||SoFi Stadium||Los Angeles||35-14|
|11/22/2009||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Los Angeles||32-3|
|12/28/2008||Chargers||Broncos||SoFi Stadium||Los Angeles||52-21|
|09/14/2008||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||39-38|
|12/24/2007||Chargers||Broncos||SoFi Stadium||Los Angeles||23-3|
|10/07/2007||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Los Angeles||41-3|
|12/10/2006||Chargers||Broncos||SoFi Stadium||Los Angeles||48-20|
|11/19/2006||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Los Angeles||35-27|
|09/18/2005||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||20-17|
|12/05/2004||Chargers||Broncos||SoFi Stadium||Los Angeles||20-17|
|09/26/2004||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||23-13|
|11/16/2003||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||37-8|
|12/01/2002||Chargers||Broncos||SoFi Stadium||Los Angeles||30-27|
|10/06/2002||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||26-9|
|11/11/2001||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||26-16|
|10/21/2001||Chargers||Broncos||SoFi Stadium||Los Angeles||27-10|
|11/19/2000||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Denver||38-37|
|01/02/2000||Broncos||Chargers||Empower Field at Mile High||Los Angeles||12-6|
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos History
The legacy of the rivalry between the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos dates back to the establishment of the American Football league in 1960. Sharing the same conference ever since, the two teams play each other twice a year, and the games are often closely contested.
The first decade of their rivalry saw the Chargers dominate 15-5 through 1969. The ’70s, however, were a different story, as the Broncos won or tied every home game and narrowed the all-time series to 21-18-1, still narrowly favoring the Chargers.
In the 1980s, the rivalry between the Broncos and Chargers intensified as both teams became contenders in the AFC. One of the most memorable games — in arguably the most intense decade of the rivalry — came in 1985 when the Broncos blocked a game-winning field goal attempt by the Chargers in overtime, running the ball back for a game-winning touchdown of their own. Later that year, the Charges got revenge at home, beating the Broncos 30-10 in spectacular fashion in their final matchup of the season.
In recent years, the rivalry between the Broncos and Chargers has continued to be fiercely competitive. In 2010 the Chargers swept the Broncos in the regular season. The following years would see the Broncos granted a playoff spot over the Chargers due to tiebreakers, and an insane come-from-behind victory for the Broncos at the hands of quarterback Peyton Manning in 2012. The two would meet for the first and only time in the playoffs in 2013 — a contest the Broncos would go on to win. The rivalry has seen a resurgence in the 2020s as the teams share an even split, 3-3 in their first six games of the decade. Both teams have had success in the AFC West, and their games are always highly anticipated by fans.
Where Do the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers Play?
The Denver Broncos play at Empower Field at Mile High, located on the premises of Colorado’s original and iconic Mile High Stadium. A short distance from downtown Denver, Empower Field is located at 5,280 feet above sea level, granting the Denver Broncos one of the most significant homefield advantages in the NFL. With a seating capacity of 76,125, Empower Field is also host to the Colorado Rapids soccer team and Denver Outlaws lacrosse team. Empower Field, like Mile High Stadium before it, is considered one of the most iconic venues in American sports. It is utilized as a concert venue and was even used for Barack Obama’s acceptance of the democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
Located three miles from Los Angeles International Airport, SoFi Stadium has a seating capacity of 70,240 and is host to both Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams. One of only two stadiums to host two NFL teams, SoFi Stadium is a fixed roof facility that was built in 2020 on the old site of the Hollywood Park Racetrack. The stadium hosts the annual LA Bowl in college football and professional soccer matches for various leagues. SoFi Stadium has also served as a venue to some of the most popular names in music, including Taylor Swift and Beyoncé.
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