Chargers stun Broncos 27-20 (Yahoo Sports) Now, Peyton Manning gets a chance to rest. Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers kept Manning on the sideline most of the game and handed the Denver Broncos and unexpected and harmful 27-20 loss Thursday night. Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Keenan Allen and kept the Chargers' offense on the field for nearly 39 minutes, keeping their playoff hopes alive while turning Denver's supposedly easy road to the AFC West title and top seeding in the conference into something much different. The Broncos gained 13 yards on the 13 plays they ran after taking a 10-3 lead late in the first quarter.
The father benched Robert Griffin III. The son would rather have him on the field. Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday he wasn't consulted on coach Mike Shanahan's decision to sit Griffin, adding that he finds it ''a little disappointing'' that the franchise quarterback won't be playing for the rest of the season. ''If it was about really football, I think you would talk to the offensive coordinator,'' Kyle Shanahan said. That's out of my realm.'' Kyle Shanahan said he made out two game plans this week for at Atlanta while waiting for Mike Shanahan to announce that Kirk Cousins will start the final three weeks.
The Chicago Bears insisted all along that quarterback Jay Cutler would get his job back once he was ready, no matter how well Josh McCown was playing. Coach Marc Trestman said Cutler will start Sunday at Cleveland after missing four games because of a high left ankle sprain. ''I don't think that risk was part of this decision,'' Trestman said. Trestman said there was no swelling or any ''residual issues'' from that, and he was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' checklist for playing Sunday has two primary items on it: taking the majority of first-team snaps in practice Friday, and getting good results from a scan on his healing left collarbone. If both those things happen, Rodgers could be back under center for the first time since breaking his collarbone Nov. 4 against Chicago. Asked after Thursday's practice if he is holding out hope of playing Sunday, Rodgers paused before replying, ''Yes.'' He says he'll need to get most of the work in Friday's practice after sharing snaps with backup Matt Flynn for the past two days, and the team will likely want team physician Patrick McKenzie to examine him.
Four people were stabbed in the parking lot at Sports Authority Stadium after the Denver Broncos' game Thursday night. The Denver Police Department says on its Twitter page one person is in critical condition. The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/18HGZb1) reports there were multiple eye-witnesses. Police say that the incident was called in at 9:55 p.m. Stadium Management Company says in a emailed statement that it is ''aware of an incident that occurred in a parking lot adjacent to Sports Authority Field at Mile High'' and it is working with authorities.
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