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.
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.