With the loss, the Broncos no longer control their own destiny as far as the AFC's No. 1 seed is concerned. If the New England Patriots win their remaining three games, it'll be the Patriots—not the Broncos—who will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
From the second quarter onward, this was a game dominated by San Diego. The Chargers dominated the time-of-possession battle, possessing the football for nearly 39 minutes, while holding the Broncos to season lows in yards (295) and points (20).
In the absence of Wes Welker, the Broncos could not gain any momentum on offense. At one point in the game, they went three straight drives without gaining a first down—just the second time all season long that that has happened.
The Chargers improved their chances of gaining a wild-card berth, while the Broncos' chances at clinching the AFC's No. 1 seed decreased.
What are eight takeaways from Denver's 27-20 loss to the Chargers?