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Colts, Chargers significant underdogs in divisional round

Philip Rivers

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) shouts to fans as he runs off the field after beating the Denver Broncos 27-20 in an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Jack Dempsey

The Colts and Chargers won outright as underdogs this weekend to advance to the AFC divisional-playoff round.

If the clubs are to meet in the AFC title game in two weeks, they will again have to be upsetters next weekend.

According to Pregame.com, which tracks Nevada sports books, the Broncos are widespread 10-point favorites against the Chargers in next Sunday’s divisional-round matchup in Denver.

The Colts, meanwhile, are underdogs of 7.5 points at New England next Saturday night at most sports books monitored by the website.

The Colts and Patriots have not met this season. However, division rivals Denver and San Diego will be meeting for the third time in 2013. Moreover, Sunday’s matchup between the Chargers and Broncos will occur one month to the day that San Diego won at Denver . . . as 10-point underdogs.