The undefeated Denver Broncos are coming to Southern California to face the San Diego Chargers in tonight Monday Night Football match up. The Broncos are a surprise team to many, riding the arm of Kyle Orton and a much improved defense to their status as one of the few undefeated teams left in the league this year. The Chargers on the other hand have been a bit of a disappointment. They are still a dangerous team though, and this battle between two of the original eight AFL teams could be a good one to watch.
Here are some interesting facts about the match up:
-the Broncos and Chargers have met 98 times before tonight. The Chargers have won 44 times, the Broncos 53 times, and the two teams have tied once.
-The most passing yards that a Denver quarterback has ever thrown for against the Chargers is 462 which was put up by Gus Frerotte in a 38-37 victory in 2000.
-No Chargers quarterback has thrown for more yards in a single game against the Broncos than Phillip Rivers who passed for 377 yards in a 39-38 loss in 2008.
-The most touchdown passes thrown for by a Broncos quarterback in a game against San Diego is five in the team’s 38-37 win in 2000.
-The most touchdown throws that a Chargers quarterback has made in a game against Denver is five and it was done by John Hadl in a 47-23 victory in 1968.
-The Broncos record for most rushing yards in a game against the Chargers was set by Terrell Davis in 1997 when he ran for 178 yards in a 38-28 victory.
-The most rushing yards ever put up by a Chargers player in a game against the Broncos is 220 and was done by LaDainian Tomlinson in a 30-27 victory in 2002.
-No Broncos player has rushed for more touchdowns in a game against San Diego than Tatum Bell and Gaston Green. Each player had three touchdown performances, Bell in a 23-7 victory in 2005 and Green in a 27-19 win in 1991.
-The Chargers record for most rushing touchdowns in a game against Denver is four and was accomplished by Chuck Muncie in a 34-17 win in 1981.
-The Broncos receiver who has amassed more yards than any other against the Chargers in one game is Rod Smith who caught 11 passes for 187 yards in a 38-37 victory in 2000.
-The most receiving yards ever put up by a Chargers player in a game against the Broncos is 211 by Lance Alworth in a 34-31 win in 1965.
-The record for most touchdown receptions by a Denver player in a game against San Diego is three. Shannon Sharpe is the only player to do this, and he did it twice. First in a 28-17 win in 1996 and then again in a 37-8 victory in 2003.
-No Chargers player has caught more touchdown receptions in a game against Denver than Lance Alworth who had four in a 47-23 victory in 1968.
-The Chargers quarterback with the most 300 yard passing games against the Broncos is Dan Fouts with six.
-No player has thrown more touchdown passes against the San Diego Chargers than former Broncos quarterback John Elway. During his career, Elway threw 38 touchdown passes against San Diego. Second on the list with 3 career TD passes against the Chargers is former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson.
-LaDainian Tomlinson has scored 18 rushing touchdowns in his career against the Denver Broncos, that is more than any other player has ever scored in their career against the team. Second place on the list is Marcus Allen with 13.
-The player who has accumulated the most career interceptions against the San Diego Chargers is longtime Broncos defensive back Steve Foley with 12.