Chargers Coach Mike McCoy
Chargers Coach Mike McCoy gives an update on Ryan Matthews at a press conference. Photo credit: San Diego Chargers/NFL

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement on Monday, ending an 18-year career that included two Super Bowl victories and five most valuable player awards.

Manning’s last game ended in his second super bowl win, taking down the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in the 50th edition of the big game.

In his long career, Manning faced the San Diego Chargers 14 times, including three meetings in the postseason.

He went 9-5 in those games, but only 1-2 in the postseason, those two losses coming in 2008 and 2009. 

His most recent playoff matchup against the Chargers came in 2013, and ended in a 24-7 victory on his way to a third super bowl appearance.

Over his career, Manning threw for 4226 yards and 31 touchdowns against the Chargers, both the fifth most against any NFL team for

He also, however, threw 22 interceptions, his second most versus any team, and had a 74.2 QB rating, the worst by almost six points.

After spending his first 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Manning signed with he Broncos, where he spent his last five seasons.

With both teams, Manning reached two super bowls, winning one, the only player in NFL history to win a super bowl with two separate franchises.

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, who served as the offensive coordinator with the Broncos from 2010-2012, had high praise for Manning.

“He is one of the best of all time,” McCoy said. “What he has done for the NFL and the quarterback position is second to none. It was great coaching him, but there was nothing like playing against him.”