Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) is tackled by Denver Broncos defensive end Jeremy Mincey (57) in the first quarter during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers come home to a hero's welcome

Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) catches a touchdown pass in the third quarter against Denver Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos beat the Chargers 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) catches a touchdown pass in the third quarter against Denver Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos beat the Chargers 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

A fourth quarter effort fell short and the San Diego Chargers walked away drowned in a sea of cheers from Broncos fans in the mile high city. A long flight and an even longer bus ride could have dampened the spirits of the Chargers, but instead they arrived home to a gang of Chargers fans welcoming their heroes back home.

It was tough to watch Philip Rivers’ frustration while struggling to get the snap off in time due to the loud noise level. It’s been a regular threat especially when playing against teams such as the Seattle Seahawks or Kansas City Chiefs at their home turf. The Denver Broncos fans were no different during the Divisional round showdown with the Chargers.

The season is now over and this morning the players are cleaning out their lockers and getting ready to spend time with their families or heading to the golf courses. What we can take from this is a successful first year with a new head coach, Mike McCoy who never gave up, who was never blown away during games and was the only coach to hold the Broncos to less than 25 points, twice.

The Chargers were one score away from tying the Broncos and going into overtime. The Chargers established a number of feats this season and the crowd of fans waiting for their team to return was well warranted. Now it appears there’s a great deal of hope for the coming seasons and the Chargers aren’t quite done with their quest for a Superbowl title. Maybe next time when the Broncos pay a visit, the fans can cheer and scream and rattle the playing calling from Manning.

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