Nov 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard (52) leaves the field following the win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - Wesley Woodyard said Thursday the San Diego Chargers haven't cornered the market on being in "playoff mode."
The Chargers have said for more than a month that they've been playing as if they were in the playoffs. They rattled off a four-game win streak to end the regular season to earn the last wild-card spot on the final Sunday of the season.
"We've had a chance to be in playoff mode, too," Woodyard said after practice. "Whatever people say we're going to be ready to play and come ready to play. It doesn't matter if playoff mode started last week or four or five weeks ago. We're all ready to go. ... We're just ready to rock."
The Chargers kept their streak going Sunday with an unlikely win at third-seeded Cincinnati and a trip to Denver for this Sunday's AFC division game (2:40 p.m. kickoff).
"We've been in playoff mode for five weeks," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said after beating the Bengals. "So this was kind of, like we labeled it in here, the fifth round for us."
The Broncos have been more focused since their Dec. 12 loss to San Diego at Sports Authority Field. Call it a wake-up game, but Denver also finished the season strong to keep the AFC's top seed and earn a bye last week.
"Looking at that film, we weren't at our top. We weren't at our best," Woodyard said of the Dec. 12 loss. "Anytime we play those guys it's going to be a tough game. They're one of our biggest rivalries. They were a great team a few years back and they're still a good team now."
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