Chargers won't face Peyton Manning anymore in AFC West

No. 18 will retire after 18 seasons in the NFL.

It's official.

After 18 seasons in the NFL -- including two Super Bowl victories and five Most Valuable Player titles -- the Denver Broncos announced today that Peyton Manning will retire. He is expected to address the media Monday.

Manning, who finishes his career with 71,940 passing yards and 590 touchdowns (the League's all-time leader in both categories) went 0-2 against the Chargers in the postseason while with the Indianapolis Colts. As a Bronco, however, he did more damage.

Since arriving in Denver four seasons ago, the Broncos have gone 7-1 against San Diego in the regular season. Manning also notched a win against the Chargers in the 2013 playoffs -- marking the last time the Chargers were in the postseason.

Although the Chargers will no longer be facing a Manning-led team, they will continue to face a Broncos' defense that is dominant, physical and play-making. While Manning's career and success should not be understated, it was the Denver defense that routed San Diego (and many others, including the Super Bowl-losing Carolina Panthers) last season.

It's been reported that the Broncos are trying to extend QB Brock Osweiler, who's been a backup for the Broncos since 2012. Last season, he won five of the seven games he started in place of Manning, who was injured.


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