First-and-10 from the San Diego 29 (2:19, 2nd quarter): Elvis Dumervil sacked Rivers for a 13-yard loss that got the Chargers’ two-minute drive started in the wrong direction. Even after San Diego picked up 15 yards from a personal foul on the next play, the offense couldn’t get any momentum on the possession, resulting in a punt with 1:43 that gave the ball back to the Broncos for a scoring drive before halftime.
Second-and-7 from the San Diego 43 (1:21, 2nd quarter): After making a 19-yard catch over the middle, tight end Daniel Fells fumbled the football. Tackle Orlando Franklin hustled down the field on the play and was there to fall on the loose ball, maintaining the drive, which would result in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Tebow to Eric Decker two plays later.
Third-and-5 from the San Diego 42 (3:03, 3rd quarter): Tebow and Matthew Willis connected on a key third down, picking up 14 yards on the play, which moved Denver into field goal range. Prater would connect from 41 yards out to cut the Chargers’ lead to 13-10.
Third-and-6 from the San Diego 33 (9:13, 4th quarter): Tebow appeared to pick up the first down and move Denver into scoring position with a 12-yard run, but the play was called back due to a holding penalty. Pushed back 10 yards, Tebow threw an incompletion on third down and the Broncos were forced to punt.
Third-and-11 from the Denver 25 (4:19, 4th quarter): With great protection from the offensive line, Tebow took his time and found Decker, who made a diving catch for a gain of 39 yards. The play was challenged and the on-field ruling of a completion was upheld. The third-down conversion kept the drive alive that resulted in a 24-yard field goal by Matt Prater to tie the game late in regulation.
Third-and-6 from the Denver 31 (3:31, overtime): Already at the edge of Nick Novak’s field goal range, the Chargers handed the ball off to Mike Tolbert hoping to make for a shorter game-winning attempt. Instead, Von Miller met Tolbert in the backfield and brought him down for a four-yard loss, turning what would have been a 49-yard attempt into a 53-yarder, which Novak missed, setting up the Broncos’ game-winning drive on their ensuing possession.
Second-and-6 from the San Diego 41 (2:00, overtime): Coming out of the two-minute warning, Willis McGahee broke off his longest run of the day — a 24-yard gain that put the Broncos at the Chargers 17. Tebow centered the ball on the next play and then Prater delivered the 37-yard winner.