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Broncos Fifth Quarter: Offense’s work on third down was first rate vs. Chargers

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PHOTOS: Denver Broncos beat Los Angeles Chargers in NFL Week 12 matchup

Upon Further Review

1. Record third-down day. The Broncos’ offense entered Sunday ranked 27th in third-down conversion rate (34.6), which means their production against the Chargers was a thunderbolt. The Broncos clicked at 72.7% (8 of 11) — the franchise’s highest in at least 30 years (the previous high was 71.4% vs. Indianapolis in 1993).

2. Cautious play-calling. The word and view on Chargers QB Justin Herbert last year was his ability to push the football down the field with his strong arm. That makes the Chargers’ play-calling against the Broncos peculiar. Of Herbert’s 44 attempts, only four traveled at least 16 “air” yards (3 of 4 for 58 yards and one touchdown). Sure, the Broncos often dropped seven in coverage, but Herbert and WRs Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Jalen Guyton are too good not to challenge teams more often downfield.

3. Four-man pass rush produces. The Broncos rushed five or more players on only 10 of Herbert’s 53 drop-backs — the rate of 17.2 was the second-lowest this year behind 15.2% at Dallas. All three sacks came with four-man rushes — OLB Stephen Weatherly (4.43 seconds), OLB Malik Reed/DL DeShawn Williams (4.65) and DL McTelvin Agim (2.82). The defense had season-high 17 disruptions (three sacks, four knockdowns and 10 pressures). DL Dre’Mont Jones had one knockdown and five pressures. Agim also had two pressures.

4. Great call at great time. Third-and-goal from the nine doesn’t generally mean a run play. But offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur made a great call in the first quarter, using three receivers and a detached tight end to spread out the Chargers’ defense. Los Angeles had only five defenders in the box. RB Javonte Williams got a second-level block from C Lloyd Cushenberry and scored the touchdown. “Helluva call by Pat, great execution by the players,” coach Vic Fangio. The Chargers should have dared QB Drew Lock to make a play.

5. Full-time sub-package. The Broncos used their sub packages on 68 of the Chargers’ 71 offensive snaps — 40 nickel (5DB), 27 dime (6DB) and one with seven defensive backs. The dime total was a season-high and the Broncos used seven-defensive back personnel (S P.J. Locke was the extra defender) for only the fourth play all year.

6. Protecting Teddy/Drew. The Chargers rushed five or more defenders on 11 of the 28 drop-backs by Lock and Teddy Bridgewater (39.3%). The Broncos’ patched-up offensive line allowed only six disruptions, tied for their fewest of the year (the Jets had six in Week 3). The only sack was by Joey Bosa, who used an inside twist to get past LG Netane Muti in 2.63 seconds.

Four Key Numbers

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Plays the Broncos’ defense used their base package (3DL-4LB-4DB), tied with the Dallas game for the fewest this year.

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The Broncos’ record when they have at least 30 rushing attempts (33 against the Chargers).

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Missed tackles by the Broncos (ILB Baron Browning), tied with the Baltimore loss for fewest this year.

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7 things only people growing up in St. Louis during the 1970s would know

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Mississippi River Fesitval

ST. LOUIS – It was the decade when the St. Louis Cardinals football team was good and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team was not so good. Bellbottoms, tie-dye, and disco were the rage. Here are a few other things only people growing up in the 1970s would know about St. Louis.

Burger Chef

The burger chain was a popular spot for St. Louis area families and was eventually bought by Hardee’s in 1982. The chain had two beloved mascots, Burger Chef and his sidekick Jeff. The restaurant came with its own “Works Bar” where customers could add their own toppings to the hamburgers.

Burger Chef was also the first restaurant chain to serve a burger-fries-drink combo which was called the “Triple Threat” according to Business Insider. The restaurant is also said to have served the first kids’ meal which the business called a “Fun Meal”. The company even partnered with “Star Wars” to create kids’ meals. You can watch a commercial here.

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The Who, Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin all performed at Woodstock in 1969, but those big names also played at the Mississippi River Festival which was held for 12 years at SIUE.

The festival was held between 1969 and 1980 and according to a book about the event, more than 1 million visitors attended. A book on the festival says the festival began as a partnership promoting the performing arts in the region. SIUE invited the St. Louis Symphony to play there during the summer season.

SIUE built an outdoor concert venue to appeal to the widest possible audience, including a variety of musicians. You can even check out the setlist from different years here.

Superjams at Busch Stadium

Some of the hottest rock groups also filled Busch Memorial Stadium during the summer for Super jam. The crowd was usually 40,000 plus. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports the July 9, 1977 concert had more than 45,000 fans. REO Speedwagon, from Champaign, Illinois performed according to the paper. Also on stage were Head East, Gypsy, and Judas Priest. Tickets were $10 for the concert.

Some of the hottest rock groups also filled Busch Memorial Stadium during the summer for Super jam. The crowd was usually 40,000 plus. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports the July 9, 1977 concert had more than 45,000 fans. REO Speedwagon, from Champaign, Illinois performed according to the paper. Also on stage were Head East, Gypsy, and Judas Priest. Tickets were $10 for the concert.

According to setlist.com there were 5 Superjams held between 1976 and 1982.

Screamin’ Eagle Debut

If you grew up in the 70s you may remember the anticipation of waiting for The Screamin’ Eagle to open. You may also remember waiting in line for hours to ride the longest, fastest, and largest roller coaster in the world at that time. The coaster opened on April 10, 1976, for the nation’s bicentennial year. The theme park was called Six Flags over Mid America at the time.

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Cardinals Football red hot; Cardinals Baseball not

The Cardinals baseball team has won 11 World Series but the 1970s weren’t so kind to the team. The decade was sandwiched between World Series wins in 1964 and 1967 and then one in 1982. Redbirdrants.com explains how at one point the team had five future Hall of Famers but still underachieved. You can read their synopsis here.

However, the other team wearing the red birds was red hot. in 1974, the St. Louis Cardinals football team started the season 7-0. The team won the NFC East in ’74 and ’75. If you went to a game at Busch Memorial Stadium during this time you may have seen names like Dan Dierdorf, Roger Wehrli, Terry Metcalf, and Tom Banks.

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Union Station’s last train

You may remember being on one of the last trains to leave Union Station. Train service stopped on October 31, 1978, at 11:38 pm. It ended the first chapter of Union Station’s history which started September 1, 1894, when the first train arrived. The station saw some of its highest traffic during the World’s Fair of 1904 and World War II. Today, you can see historic touches of the past in Union Station’s Grand Hall. There are several restored details and an attached hotel. It has also grown to include the St. Louis Aquarium, The Wheel, and popular attractions like The Polar Express.

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Roller Skating

Roller Skating at Skate-a-Rama: Roller skating was a popular pastime in the 1970s and the skating rink was a hangout for many. Some may remember Skate-a-Rama in Fairview Heights. Roller skating still exists today but its popularity has decreased. There are some skating halls that are still around from the 1970s like Skate King in East St. Louis. Apparently, St. Nicholas Catholic Church on N 18th Street has hosted skating in its church hall since the 60s and you can still rent space today.

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New logistics center will help abortion seekers get to Illinois

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New logistics center will help abortion seekers get to Illinois

With abortion access increasingly restricted across much of the South and Midwest, two Illinois clinics near St. Louis on Friday announced a new logistics center to help abortion seekers get to their clinics.

Activists on both sides are convinced the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling is imperiled, with nearly two dozen states likely to impose sweeping bans if the conservative-led court overturns it.

Several states have already imposed new restrictions on abortions that have led women from those states to seek the procedure in states such as Illinois.

The new logistics center in Fairview Heights, Illinois, is jointly operated by Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinic in that city and the independent Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Illinois.

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Missouri man who stole hearse with body inside sentenced

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Missouri man who stole hearse with body inside sentenced

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A 39-year-old man who admitted that he stole a mortuary van with a body inside last year has been sentenced to six years in prison. Brian Schaake was sentenced Friday for a felony charge of stealing a motor vehicle. He pleaded guilty in October.

Investigators said Schaake and a woman took a van belonging to the William Harris Funeral home from a Quik Trip in north St. Louis County. The two were later arrested in Festus and the body was recovered.

A case against the woman, 31-year-old Christina Kalb, is pending in St. Louis County court.

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