Chargers vs. Broncos: 8 Takeaways from Denver's 24-17 Victory over San Diego

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Chargers vs. Broncos: 8 Takeaways from Denver's 24-17 Victory over San Diego
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The Denver Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 24-17 on Sunday night to advance to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2005.

For three quarters, it appeared the Broncos had their ninth championship game appearance all locked up.

Then the fourth quarter happened.

The Chargers scored 17 points in the final quarter—14 off of two Keenan Allen touchdown receptions—to cut the deficit to just 24-17 with three minutes and 53 seconds remaining in the game. 

With two timeouts, the Chargers forced the Broncos into a 3rd-and-17 play from deep in their own territory. Peyton Manning delivered.

Manning completed a 21-yard pass to Julius Thomas to convert the long third down, and the Broncos eventually ran out the clock to hold on to the victory.

With the Broncos winning for the first time in the postseason in the Manning era, what are the takeaways from Denver's 24-17 victory?

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