6:44 P.M. PST: Matt Prater’s first kickoff as a Bronco sails 64 yards … but San Diego will start their first second-half series at its 16 after a holding penalty. LaDainian Tomlinson is back in the game.
6:45 P.M. PST: San Diego on the move, up to its 39-yard-line … we have now seen all three Chargers runners on this drive as Michael Turner and Darren Sproles have each checked in.
6:46 P.M. PST: Nice tackle by D.J. Williams on Darren Sproles.
6:47 P.M. PST: Another third-down conversion by San Diego … Philip Rivers finds Antonio Gates, who had a nice little shove to the chest of Dre’ Bly as the ball was en route … no call, and the Chargers are at the Denver 37.
6:49 P.M. PST: Chargers now at the Denver 20.
6:51 P.M. PST: Broncos are challenging a Vincent Jackson reception at the Denver 10.
6:54 P.M. PST: The reception is upheld. San Diego has first and goal.
6:55 P.M. PST: Two carries to the right side pick up the score … the first one to Tomlinson and the second one to Turner. A flag flies, however … and the Turner touchdown will be nullified, much to the consternation of the crowd and the person who chooses the stadium’s music, who plays lyrics that go, “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.”
6:56 P.M. PST: Touchdown, San Diego … Rivers finds Chris Chambers across the middle in space … Chambers was hit at the 2-yard-line but flew over the goal line for the score. The drive chewed up 7:04 of the clock, covered 84 yards and took 11 plays to execute … Denver now trails, 23-0.
7:02 P.M. PST: Denver in desperate need of a scoring drive now … The Broncos began this series with 55 yards from scrimage.
7:03 P.M. PST: Brandon Marshall with a 15-yard catch to move the Broncos to their 49-yard-line.
7:04 P.M. PST: Broncos now in third-and-8 at the San Diego 49 … Jay Cutler finds Marshall again on third down … he springs forward as though he were flung by slingshot, leaving a defender flat-footed before finally falling at the San Diego 21 … Broncos have their deepest foray into Chargers territory since their opening series.
7:07 P.M. PST: Cutler looked for Tony Scheffler across the middle … Looked like there was contact on Scheffler before the football came in, but there was no call … Clinton Hart gets the interception.
7:09 P.M. PST: Chargers start at their 8-yard-line after a penalty at the end of the runback.
7:11 P.M. PST: Two plays later, a fumble … Marcus Thomas pounces on the loose football that Billy Volek lost on an odd attempt at a handoff to Michael Turner.
7:13 P.M. PST: A handoff for one yard, two incompletions and then Matt Lepsis hits the grass in obvious pain.
7:14 P.M. PST: Lepsis is sitting up now, but is still being treated on the field … now the medical staff helps him to his feet.
7:14 P.M. PST: Lepsis leaves the field under his own power.
7:15 P.M. PST: Jason Elam hits the 23-yard field goal … Broncos now trail 23-3 with 2:47 left in the quarter.
7:18 P.M. PST: Prater’s second Broncos kickoff sails 64 yards … and is returned 25 yards by Darren Sproles to the San Diego 31.
7:19 P.M. PST: San Diego goes three-and-out in its second series with Volek at the helm.
7:21 P.M. PST: Broncos take over at their 19 … Cutler finds Marshall for 10 yards and a first down on the first play of the series.
7:24 P.M. PST: A nice run by Cutler to the San Diego 47 closes the quarter.