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Peyton Manning: 'Denver Broncos weren't as sharp as San Diego Chargers'

Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos walks with the football on the sideline during the football game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium November 10, 2013
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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning believes that the team were not as sharp as the San Diego Chargers in their defeat to their AFC West rivals.

Peyton Manning has said that the Denver Broncos were not as sharp as the San Diego Chargers in their 27-20 defeat last night.

The AFC West leaders took a 10-3 lead in the first quarter, but their divisional rivals hit back to end a four-game losing streak.

The Broncos quarterback told reporters: "I give San Diego's defense a lot of credit. They played well on defense and we were not as sharp, we just didn't play as well and didn't stay on the field.

"We didn't have the ball much and when we had it though, we didn't do enough with it. Give San Diego credit, they played better than we did.

"I thought we had pretty good practices on a short week. I thought we prepared to play a division game on the short week and thought we were prepared to play. We certainly just didn't play as well as we would have liked."

The Broncos are yet to clinch their division, but are already guaranteed at least a wild card spot in this season's playoffs.

Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers drops back to pass the football during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 24, 2013
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