Playing-time breakdown: Chargers

January, 18, 2014
Jan 18
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SAN DIEGO -- An examination of the snap counts from Sunday’s 24-17 AFC divisional playoff round loss to the Denver Broncos:

OFFENSE (Based on 51 snaps)

QuarterbackPhilip Rivers 51.

Running backDanny Woodhead 23, Ronnie Brown 23, Ryan Mathews 5, Le’Ron McClain 2.

Wide receiverKeenan Allen 51, Eddie Royal 45, Vincent Brown 27.

Tight endAntonio Gates 46, Ladarius Green 29, Jake Byrne 4.

Offensive lineD.J. Fluker 51, King Dunlap 51, Chad Rinehart 51, Nick Hardwick 51, Johnnie Troutman 51.

Offensive analysis – Mathews played just five plays, running the ball every time he was in the game. He finished with 26 yards on five carries, including a long of 16 yards. The only other game where Mathews participated in fewer plays was against Oakland, in which he suffered a concussion after his three plays. ... San Diego’s 51 plays on offense tied a season low with the team’s opening game of the season against Houston. ... The Chargers had to punt on four of the team’s nine possessions, which included a kneel-down at the end of the first half. ... Rivers finished 4 of 10 for 70 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions on third down. Rivers was sacked once and finished with a 97.9 passer rating on third down.

DEFENSE (Based on 72 snaps)

Line Corey Liuget 52, Kendall Reyes 52, Cam Thomas 20, Lawrence Guy 20.

LinebackerDonald Butler 72, Melvin Ingram 58, Jarret Johnson 45, Reggie Walker 27, Bront Bird 28, Manti Te’o 23, Thomas Keiser 14.

SecondaryEric Weddle 72, Shareece Wright 72, Richard Marshall 72, Jahleel Addae 67, Marcus Gilchrist 59, Darrell Stuckey 26.

Defensive analysis – The Chargers gave up only one play of 20 or more yards against Denver’s offense. ... San Diego created little pass-rush pressure against Peyton Manning, finishing without a sack and just one quarterback hurry. ... Jarret Johnson tied a season high for tackles in a game with six. ... The Chargers allowed the Broncos to convert 9 of 13 third downs and hold the ball for over 35 minutes on offense, both season highs in the three meetings between the teams. ... Manning finished 7-of-9 for 77 yards, a touchdown and an interception on third down.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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