Everything You Need To Know About This 62 Year Old Rivalry
There are very few rivalries in the NFL that are as vicious yet close-knit as the one between the Broncos and the Chargers.
Both teams were formed on the same day 62 years ago – August 14th, 1959. They have played in the same league and same divisions for their entire history. There is no Broncos history without the Chargers and vice versa.
Today, we are going to look at this 62 year rivalry and the possibilities for its future.
Los Angeles Chargers
If you are a Chargers fan then you are probably feeling a little miffed this season, it might be your local rivals – the Rams that will be lifting the Super Bowl trophy this year. You can find NFL Super Bowl prop bets and the odds in the Bengals beating them here.
The Chargers were formed in 1959, along with a few other teams in the AFL (American Football League), and played in it until it merged with the NFL towards the end of the 1960s.
The Chargers won the AFL equivalent of the Super Bowl in 1964, but since then they have not won any more titles, and they have only made it to the Super Bowl once – in 1994.
The team has been moved twice – they were moved to San Diago before moving back to Los Angeles in 2019. They now play in the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
The Broncos were also formed to play in the AFL. They have not moved cities since their formation, but they have moved between three different stadiums.
The Broncos have had a lot more commercial success than their rivals. While both teams have won their division 15 times each, the Broncos have 8 conference championships compared to the Chargers 1, and 3 Super Bowl titles while the Chargers have none.
The Broncos won the Super Bowl in 1997, 1998, and 2015 – the most recent win was thanks to Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. In all 3 of these victories, one of their players was named Super Bowl MVP.
However, the Broncos have not appeared in the playoffs since this victory. They have struggled to hold onto a starting quarterback since Manning’s departure.
This year the Broncos franchise was put up for sale by the Bowlen family.
The teams have been playing against each other since 1960. The current record is 69–53–1 to the Broncos.
This is the only decade when the chargers came out on top – they had a win-loss ratio of 15-5 that decade.
This decade featured the only draw between the two teams. But the decade eventually ended on 13-1-6 to the Broncos. This was their biggest margin of victory so far.
This was the decade where the AFL merged with the NFL and both teams became part of the AFC West. The Broncos won the division twice, and the Chargers won it once.
This decade was the closest the teams ever came to being equal. The Broncos came out on top again this decade, winning 12-8 overall.
The Chargers won the division twice in this decade, the Broncos won it 4 times.
In the 1990s, John Elway joined the Broncos and they won the Super Bowl twice, They won the AFC West 3 times, the Chargers won it twice.
The Broncos won 13 of their 20 matches with the Chargers this decade – it ended 13-7 to the Broncos.
The Broncos came out on top during this decade… just – it ended 11-9 to Denver.
Despite this, the Changers won the AFC West 5 times in this decade and the Broncos only won it once.
This was another strong decade for the Broncos, as they ended with a 14-7 win-loss ratio over the Changers.
In this decade, the Broncos won the Super Bowl (2015) and the AFC West 5 years in a row (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015). The Chargers did not win a single AFC West title in this decade.
Most Recent Season
The two teams only played against each other once in the 2021-22 season. The Broncos came 4th in the division and the Chargers came third. The Chiefs topped the table, followed by the Raiders.
In this match, the Chargers absolutely destroyed the Broncos, with the match ending at 34-13 to LA.
After this result, it means that the 2020s win-loss ratio is tied. With both teams having won two matches each.
It will be interesting to see if the Broncos will come out on top again this decade. Or whether this will be the first winning decade for the Chargers to take the top spot since the 60s.