The Los Angeles Chargers used a season-high four forced turnovers to beat the Denver Broncos 23-9 in Sunday’s regular season finale from Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
Los Angeles finished 8-1 away from ROKiT Field at StubHub Center and 12-4 overall. The victory also clinched the franchise’s sixth season with at least 12 wins.
Now, the postseason awaits. The Chargers will travel to face the Baltimore Ravens next week in the first round of the AFC Playoffs.
Browse through the top game action photos from Week 17 as the Bolts take on the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
Philip Rivers threw two interceptions in a first quarter that featured five combined punts and zero points. The game remained scoreless with 5:44 remaining in the second quarter until Chargers linebacker Kyle Emanuel scooped up a fumble for an 18-yard touchdown.
With the Broncos threatening to score before the half, quarterback Case Keenum was intercepted by Chargers safety Jahleel Addae in the end zone. On the return, Addae attempted a backward lateral that was recovered by Denver at Los Angeles’ 20-yard line. Seven plays later, Brandon McManus kicked a 28-yard field goal to make the score 7-3 Chargers at halftime.
Los Angeles increased its lead in the third quarter after another Broncos turnover. Defensive end Joey Bosa recovered a Tim Patrick fumble – forced by Adrian Phillips – at the Broncos’ 16-yard line. Four plays later, Rivers connected with wide receiver Mike Williams for a four-yard touchdown reception.
Denver cut the lead to 14-9 in the fourth quarter with a 20-yard touchdown reception by fullback Andy Janovich. The two-point conversion attempt was intercepted in the end zone by cornerback Casey Hayward and returned for two Chargers points. Suddenly, what could have been a three-point game flipped to seven.
Austin Ekeler's one-yard touchdown rush with 5:48 remaining in the game sealed the win for Los Angeles. Ekeler led the Chargers with 58 rushing yards on eight carries.
Rivers finished the game 14-of-24 for 176 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions before giving way to Geno Smith in the fourth quarter. Mike Williams and Keenan Allen combined for nine catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. Los Angeles committed a season-high four turnovers of their own.
Bosa notched a sack and ended the regular season with 5.5 in seven games. Phillips led the defense with 12 tackles.