The Bolts made it interesting, but couldn't dig out of a hole in time to force overtime.
Peyton Manning couldn't get his team in the end zone in the fourth quarter, but regained possession with just over two minutes left. The Broncos moved the chains enough time to sufficiently bleed the clock and notch a 28-20 win.
But Rivers couldn't recapture the offensive momentum when the Broncos punted on their next possession. Von Miller notched a key sack that forced 3rd-and-long with over four minutes remaining, and the Chargers punted.
From there, Manning and the Broncos let time tick off the clock. The Chargers used all of their timeouts and couldn't stop him from sending them to their fifth loss of 2013.
Not bad for your first career sack,
The linebacker sped by Broncos lineman Chris Clark, ran into and tomahawk-chopped the ball away from Peyton Manning. The Bolts recovered and scored their first touchdown on a pass to
Manning tried to get the pass off, but his follow-through contained nothing but air.
Two plays later, Woodhead darted right, shook his coverage, and got open enough for Philip Rivers to find him. Then, he fought his way between two would-be tacklers for a seven-yard score and sent Qualcomm Stadium into a frenzy.
Demaryius Thomas scored his third touchdown earlier in the quarter. He caught a receiver screen, turned up field, and scored 34 yards later.
But the Broncos offense was rebuffed on its last two possessions by the Bolts defense and has punted twice. The second punt came after a quick three-and-out, and the Bolts have the ball as the fourth quarter begins.
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Ryan Mathews owns three career 100-yard games against the Broncos. He's running like he's hungry for a fourth.
Mathews scampered for a 35-yard pickup down the sideline to put the Bolts in scoring range. Those tough yards set up
Novak had a chance for three field goals in the quarter -- especially after a 22-yard connection between Gates and Rivers drove the Bolts deep into opposing territory -- but his third attempt sailed wide left. And when Manning and the Broncos took over, they mounted their third touchdown drive of the game.
Demayrius Thomas hauled in both Broncos touchdowns of the quarter -- an 11-yard score and a seven-yard slant to end the half.
The second Novak field goal came after
Manning drove 80 yards on the ensuring drive and threw for his second of three TDs in the game. Eric Decker highlighted the drive with a 34-yard snag, and Thomas ended the drive the first of his two scores.
The Broncos will receive the ball to start the second half. Stay tuned to Chargers.com for all your second half coverage from Bolts-Broncos.
The offensive fireworks are already underway at Qualcomm Stadium.
Peyton Manning and Julius Thomas connected on a 74-yard touchdown run and catch to start the game, but Philip Rivers and the offense are in position to tie the game up. But as we await the second quarter, the Bolts trail the Broncos, 7-0.
The Bolts started things off with a crowd-pleasing gamble from Mike McCoy. Lined up to punt on 4th-and-1 from their 29-yard line,
When that drive stalled, Peyton Manning capitalized. Just three plays after a
Not to be outdone, Philip Rivers and Co. marched right back into Broncos territory. He put the ball on the money on a 25-yard corner route to
That's where we'll resume second quarter action. Stay tuned to Chargers.com.
Get ready for another installment of one of the NFL’s best rivalries.
Football doesn’t get much better than when the San Diego Chargers (4-4) and Denver Broncos (7-1) do battle. Kick off in front of a packed Qualcomm Stadium crowd is at 1:25PM.
Only four quarterbacks boast a winning record with five or more career starts against future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. Philip Rivers is one of them – and the passer is enjoying one of his best seasons in Chargers blue. The ten-year veteran would lead all NFL quarterbacks in completion percentage if the season ended today (72.2) and only Manning bests him when it comes to passing yards per game. Rivers and breakout receivers like
The Broncos offense isn’t just the best in the NFL this year – it’s one of the best groups in NFL history. Manning conducts the Broncos no-huddle attack by moving each component of his offense into perfect position. Added to Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker is former Patriots slot man Wes Welker, who’s on pace for the best scoring season of his career. Throw in another weapon at tight end – Julius Thomas – and you have an offense that leads the NFL in nearly every statistical category.
Stay tuned to Chargers.com for all the latest news and analysis from Bolts-Broncos.