The Broncos will reciprocate by giving a game ball to their coach, who's at his offseason home in Charlotte, N.C., recovering from heart surgery.
With interim coach Jack Del Rio in charge, Peyton Manning threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns, three to Demaryius Thomas, as he efficiently led the Broncos to a 28-20 victory in their first game since Fox had his aortic valve replaced last Monday. Fox was released Friday and will continue his recovery at his offseason home.
"We look forward to giving it to him in person," Manning said.
"I told him not to be yelling at me during the game. It's not good for his blood pressure," Manning said. "I'm not sure we'll see if he did or didn't. But he was in our thoughts. Coach Del Rio has done a good job all week keeping us updated on coach Fox."
Manning wouldn't be specific about his injury, but said he was "pretty sore" and that he planned to have an MRI on Monday.
Manning was hurt after completing a pass to Thomas with 1:44 left.
"We were playing aggressively to win the game right there," Del Rio said. "He made a throw, D.T. made a catch and that was the ballgame. He got up and didn't want to come off - very proud guy - and closed out the game for us."
Asked about playing in the Broncos' showdown with AFC West leader Kansas City (9-0) next Sunday night, Manning said: "I totally plan on it."
Julius Thomas had a 74-yard catch-and-run on Denver's first drive, turning a short pass into the second-longest play by a tight end in team history.
Liuget said it wasn't an intentional hit. "I was trying to get to him because I knew how critical it could be to us as a defense to get to him. I was just working it and trying to be the guy. I'm not sure how I caught him but I hope he is OK. It's not anything that is going to stop him from being Peyton Manning."
"You knew it wasn't going to be many possessions and we had to be efficient when we had the ball," Manning said.
Manning has thrown for 3,249 yards and 33 touchdowns in nine games. He completed 25 of 36 passes against the Chargers.
"So it's a 14-point swing -- the difference in the ballgame," Manning said.
Rivers completed 19 of 29 passes for 218 yards.
NOTES: The Broncos have scored 371 points, the most through the first nine games of a season in NFL history. The previous high of 358 was by the 1950 Los Angeles Rams. ...Broncos LB Nate Irving injured a shoulder. ... The Chargers said LT King Dunlap had a concussion, his third this season. Other Chargers injured were C Nick Hardwick (stinger), LB Larry English (bicep) and fullback Le'Ron McClain (ankle). ... It was the 300th win under Broncos owner and CEO Pat Bowlen.
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