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John Fox says Broncos keep focus on future, use loss as motivation

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Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox (left) and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) greet each other after the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Chargers won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - John Fox wasn't overly concerned about who the Broncos would play this weekend. The Denver head coach was just ready to get started on the game plan.

The Broncos were back at practice Monday finally knowing they would face San Diego on Sunday in the AFC divisional game (2:40 p.m. kickoff). The sixth-seeded Chargers upset No. 3 Cincinnati in their wild-card game Sunday.  

"We knew it was just a matter of time," Fox said Monday. "Again, you get into the playoffs and they're all difficult. That is why they have the playoffs. Regardless of whether it's in your division, how many times you've played them, it's a single-elimination tournament and whoever plays the best wins."

It will be the third time this season the teams have squared off, each winning on the road. The Chargers are on a five-game winning streak, which includes the 27-20 win Dec. 12 at Sports Authority Field.

The Broncos won 28-20 at San Diego in Week 10 when Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes. 

"I think you always look back. I mean, that is what the past - you try to learn from that," Fox said. "You try to get motivated by future. But you want to keep your focus in the present, in the now, and that's what we're trying to do with our football team."

The top-seeded Broncos were off over the weekend after light practices on Thursday and Friday during the wildcard week. 

We got a good bye week, got some rest, got to watch some football - some good football this weekend," Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker said Monday. "It's kind of that rubber match, so to speak. Third-time around, it's winner-go-home. So, for us, this is a good challenge and we're excited about it."

The Broncos will have Wes Welker back at slot receiver. He missed the Dec. 12 game after sustaining a concussion on Dec. 8 against Tennessee. He has not played since then but was cleared by doctors last week.

"I think everybody - Wes and everybody that has come back from injury - is going to be a big factor in this game," Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas said. "They didn't account for Wes last game because he didn't play but they will this game. It's good for us because you don't know what they're going to throw at us, but it's another weapon on the field to help us out."

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