Down 24 at the half, Broncos come back to shock Chargers
- Last night on Monday Night Football, the Chargers learned that if you want to beat Peyton Manning and the Broncos, you're going to need at LEAST a 36-0 lead.
- In the early going, Philip Rivers and the Chargers appeared primed to move to 4-2, two clear of the Broncos in the AFC West. At the half, Rivers already had a pair of touchdown passes to Antonio Gates, and the Chargers staked to a seemingly insurmountable 24-0 lead on Denver.
- With 10:56 to go in the third quarter, Denver found the end zone for the first time, Peyton Manning hitting Demaryius Thomas on a 29-yard touchdown catch, to cut the lead to 24-7.
- On the ensuing drive, the Chargers used 11 plays to bring the ball into Broncos territory. But Philip Rivers coughed up the ball on a sack by Elvis Dumervil, and Tony Carter picked it up and scampered 65 yards to cut the lead to 24-14.
- That, more or less, was how the rest of the night would go for Rivers and the Chargers. San Diego got the ball on offense five times after the fumble return. The results? Punt, INT, INT, INT, fumble.
- The Broncos scored three times in the fourth, twice on touchdown passes by Manning, and once on the above pick-six by Chris Harris, to shock San Diego, 35-24.
- Manning finished the game 24-for-30 with 309 yards, three touchdowns and one pick. On the opposing sideline, Rivers completed 25 of 41 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns, but threw four interceptions.
- Rivers wasn't the only one who was off target, in San Diego. At halftime, Phil Mickelson had a 100-yard shot at earning $1 million for the charity First Book. He had to stick it within five feet of a target; Mickelson's shot sailed long, though, and he was booed off the field, despite earning $50,000 for First Book.
- Six weeks into the season, Denver and San Diego are tied atop the AFC West at 3-3. Oakland is 1-4, and the Chiefs are 1-5.
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