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The Bronco defense, which is getting tougher by the week, held the Chargers to a passing game and deflated their running game completely. Charger’s quarterback Philip Rivers was sacked two times and intercepted twice.
First half action saw the Broncos rack up two touchdowns, both by Emmanuel Sanders.
The Chargers managed to score one touchdown by Keenan Allen after a 84-yard Phillip Rivers drive. For the rest of the first half the Chargers stayed in either punt out or sack out city, and the Broncos went into the locker room with a 14-7 lead.
Broncos pulled that second touchdown after the two minute warning on a 32-yard pass from Peyton Manning to Emmanuel Sanders for the touchdown.
With 32 seconds left in the half Rivers threw an incomplete pass at the Charger 20 yard line.
Opening the second half the Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw an interception picked off by Chris Harris Jr. at the Charger 25 yard line. After swallowing a 15-yard penalty Manning took his boys on ride to the goal line, and Emmanuel Sanders jumped for his third touchdown ball of the night. With the PAT, that made the score 21-7 on the first possession of the third quarter.
Chargers went back to punt out city. The Broncos came back out, and Ronnie Hillman made a spectacular 37-yard touchdown run that got ruled out; after the Chargers gave them a first down on a penalty, the Broncos kept moving toward the goal until rookie Bronco Juwan Thompson pushed the touchdown through. That made the score 28-7.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers revived and drove his team 80 yards back to the Bronco goal line and got Antonio Gates across the line with a good Nick Novak PAT to boost the score to 28-14.
Broncos bounced back into the Charger red zone at the start of the fourth quarter, and after having an interception wiped out on a holding penalty put Juwan Thompson back in the trenches, and he carried a second touchdown ball to make the score 35-14.
Rivers with the help of receivers Branden Oliver and Malcom Floyd, got into the Bronco red zone and connected with Antonio Gates for a 10-yard touchdown to make the score with a good PAT 35-21.
Things could have gotten dicey for the Broncos on their next possession if Wes Welker hadn’t recovered a Emmanuel Sanders fumble at the 20 yard line.
With six minutes to go in the game the Broncos got kicker Brian McManus in position to make a 53-yard field goal which he blew. (Matt Prater made a 64-yard field goal last year up against the Houston Titans.)
Chargers had the ball with five minutes to go in the game, and Rivers threw an interception to Bronco Rahim Moore. With the help of Wes Welker, who made a crucial first down, the Broncos held onto the ball and punted out with 28 seconds to go in the game. Britton Colquitt kicked a 40-yard punt and the game ended.
Final score Broncos 35, Chargers 21.
Broncos now stand at the top of the heap at 6-1, having lost only to the Seattle Seahawks, and the Chargers, who lost to the Kansas City Chiefs last week 23-20, are at 5-3.
After a rest this weekend the Broncos will travel to play the New England Patriots and Tom Brady on Nov. 2. The Patriots, currently 5-2, defeated he New York Jets 27-25 Oct. 16 and have lost only to the Kansas City Chiefs and he Miami Dolphins. The Patriots play the 3-4 Chicago Bears Sunday. Update: The Patriots beat the Bears 51-31 Sunday and are now 6-2.
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