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Sunday, January 2, 2011
Wrap-up: Chargers 33, Broncos 28

By Bill Williamson

A look at a meaningless game between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos.

What it means: San Diego improved to 9-7, giving it a winning record and some consolation for missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Denver fell to 4-12.

Tomorrow’s talker: Has Tim Tebow done enough to become Denver’s starting quarterback in 2011? We won’t know that answer until after Denver hires a new coach, but Tebow did some good things in his third straight start. After a slow start, Tebow nearly led Denver to its second straight comeback win. Tebow moves the ball with his arm and his feet. He’s an exciting player and I think this three game experiment worked as well as could be expected.

Chargers’ running hope: Running back Ryan Mathews had 120 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Mathews was hurt for much of his rookie season, but he ran well when healthy. The future appears bright for Mathews, who San Diego drafted No. 12 overall.

What’s next: The Chargers will try to forget a season that included a lot of injuries and miscues on special teams. San Diego has a strong roster heading into next season. The Broncos will formally introduce legendary quarterback John Elway as the team’s new front-office leader and begins the process to replace Josh McDaniels. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday Elway will target Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.