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NFL Week 18 Game Recap: Denver Broncos 31, Los Angeles Chargers 28

Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

In essentially a meaningless game for both teams, the Denver Broncos defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 31-28.

The now 10-7 Chargers had clinched the No. 5 seed in the AFC earlier today. They’ll be on the road next week to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in the wild-card round. 

The Broncos finish with a 5-12 record in what was a disastrous first year for quarterback Russell Wilson in Denver.

Offensive spotlight: Jerry Jeudy was a big-play receiver all day against the Chargers. The third-year receiver caught five of his six targets for 154 yards, averaging an absurd 30.8 yards per catch. 

Defensive spotlight: Joey Bosa dominated on limited snaps for the Chargers, as he picked up a sack and four pressures on just eight pass-rushing snaps. The seventh-year edge defender also had a 50% pass-rush win rate in the game.

Rookie spotlight: Jamaree Salyer has continued to impress at left tackle in place of the injured Rashawn Slater. The sixth-rounder from Georgia allowed only one pressure on 45 pass-blocking snaps and currently has a 79.9 grade on first review, a career-high should it hold. 

Offensive line spotlight: Salyer wasn’t the only one who excelled on the Chargers offensive line. Los Angeles allowed only three pressures on 45 pass-blocking snaps, good for a season-low 6.7% pressure rate allowed. Center Corey Linsley and right tackle Trey Pipkins didn’t allow any pressures in the game on 38 pass-blocking snaps.

Box Score

Passing
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Justin Herbert 18.8 25 / 37 273 7.4 2 0 1 107.2
Chase Daniel 7.4 5 / 7 25 3.6 1 0 0 116.1
Denver Broncos
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Russell Wilson 24.1 13 / 24 283 11.8 3 1 2 118.6
Rushing
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Justin Herbert 18.8 2 -1 -0.5 0 0 0
Austin Ekeler 10.0 11 34 3.1 0 12 1
Chase Daniel 7.4 1 4 4.0 0 4 0
Joshua Kelley 3.4 5 18 3.6 0 6 0
Larry Rountree III 1.5 3 4 1.3 0 2 0
Denver Broncos
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Jerry Jeudy 27.3 3 39 13.0 0 14 0
Russell Wilson 24.1 8 18 2.2 0 6 0
Latavius Murray 21.8 15 103 6.9 1 25 0
Tyler Badie 9.4 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
Chase Edmonds 4.5 9 45 5.0 0 23 0
Receiving
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Keenan Allen 33.2 11 8 102 9.3 2 30
Austin Ekeler 10.0 4 4 36 9.0 0 19
Joshua Palmer 9.9 6 4 39 6.5 0 18
Gerald Everett 9.8 5 3 8 1.6 1 6
Mike Williams 7.2 5 4 32 6.4 0 18
DeAndre Carter 6.3 5 3 43 8.6 0 25
Donald Parham Jr. 5.1 2 2 31 15.5 0 23
Joshua Kelley 3.4 4 1 6 1.5 0 6
Larry Rountree III 1.5 1 1 1 1.0 0 1
Tre' McKitty 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Denver Broncos
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Jerry Jeudy 27.3 6 5 154 25.7 0 57
Latavius Murray 21.8 1 1 15 15.0 0 15
Courtland Sutton 12.3 7 3 33 4.7 1 20
Tyler Badie 9.4 1 1 24 24.0 1 24
Freddie Swain 7.4 3 2 54 18.0 0 52
Eric Tomlinson 7.3 1 1 3 3.0 1 3
Andrew Beck 0.0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0
Albert Okwuegbunam 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0

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