In their last game of the season, they thrashed the Oakland Raiders by halftime, putting up 31 points and pitching a shutout until the backups came in. They looked as dominant in that outing as they did at the beginning of the season, when they got things off on the right foot by destroying the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens—the club that ousted them in last year's playoffs.
Despite this full-throttle offense, a victory against San Diego Chargers in the divisional round is far from guaranteed.
Forget that San Diego scraped into the playoffs, barely beating the Kansas City Chiefs' backups and only getting in because a number of losses fell their way. They seem very comfortable playing in Denver, where they won 27-20 just a few weeks back.
Manning has been notoriously bad in the postseason, losing eight times in his team's first playoff game over 12 appearances.
The Broncos might be a No. 1 seed, but they are ripe for an upset if they are not careful. These keys to the game will outline how they can avoid another home loss to the Bolts and move on to face either Indianapolis or New England in the AFC Championship Game.