15:00: On first down, LaDainian Tomlinson takes a carry up the middle for 12 yards, setting up another first down at the Denver 26-yard line.
He takes a carry again on second down, but is brought down by John Engelberger after a gain of only two.
13:45: Second-and-8 for the Chargers. Philip Rivers looks to be calling an audible at the line and tries to call a timeout before the play clock winds down — but there’s a flag on the play. The flag is picked up, however, no delay of game. They grant the Chargers their first timeout of the half.
13:39: Rivers overthrows his target in the end zone, setting up a third-and-8 for San Diego. Rivers is in the shotgun, takes the snap and finds Antonio Gates — but he’s short of the first-down marker.
Fourth-and-a short 1 for the Chargers. The offense stays on the field. It’s another quarterback sneak and Rivers barely picks up the first. Not much of a push for the Chargers offensive line.
12:20: Jamie Winborn wraps up Jacob Hester almost immediately after he catches a Rivers pass on first down — it’s second-and-7 at the Denver 12.
Rivers is in the shotgun and rolls to his right before finding Brandon Manumaleuna in the end zone for a touchdown. Two Chargers looked to fight for the ball before the tight end came down with it with two feet inbounds.
The extra point is good and the Chargers lead 17-6.
11:30: Chad Jackson is back to receive the Nate Kaeding kickoff. He fields it at the four-yard line and heads upfield to the 26-yard line.
Cutler and the offense heads back out to the field. The Qualcomm crowd is getting into it as Cutler takes the shotgun snap and finds Brandon Stokley for a completion to the 32-yard line. There’s a flag on the play, however. Illegal hands to the face on the defense. That’s five yards and an automatic first down.
11:04: A pass floats just through Eddie Royal’s hands held over his head, setting up second-and-10. Cutler takes the snap, drops back and looks rigth back to Royal near the first-down marker. There’s a flag in the backfield, however.
Personal foul, chop block on the Broncos.
10:57: Second-and-25 for the Broncos from their own 16-yard line. Cutler is in the shotgun with Tatum Bell to his right. The crowd is going bezerk. It looks like Cutler will be sacked from behind, but he must have felt the defender because he moves at the last second, avoids pressure and launches it downfield. The ball falls incomplete, however, and there’s a flag on the play. Offensive holding, but the Chargers decline.
Third-and-25 for the Broncos. The fans are on their feet as Cutler drops back, avoids pressure and gets it off to Bell on a screen pass. Bell slips at the 20-yard line, however, after only a four-yard gain.
Kern is out to punt with Sproles back to receive. He lets it fly with some solid hang time, then Josh Barrett is there to make the special teams stop.
9:40: LaDainian Tomlinson takes the first-down carry for one yard. Second-and-9 for San Diego at its own 43. Rivers drops back and gets it to Chris Chambers, who stays seated just past the first-down marker before being touched down.
8:30: First-and-10 in Denver territory for the Chargers. Tomlinson takes the carry but he’s ridden down by Marcus Thomas after a one-yard gain.
On second down, Rivers drops back and again finds an open receiver. This time it’s Jacob Hester, who takes the pass and runs for a first down before being tackled by D.J. Williams. It’s a 16-yard gain to the Denver 26-yard line.
7:05: Rivers hands to Sproles, who finds some room up the middle for a five-yard gain before being taken down by Barrett.
6:20: Sproles takes the handoff again on second-and-5 and is taken down by Kenny Peterson short of the first down. There’s a flag on the play, however. Holding on the offense — 10-yard penalty.
That brings up second-and-15 for the Chargers at the Denver 31-yard line. Rivers is in the shotgun. He calls for the ball, but there’s movement on the right side of the line — false start on the right tackle. Now it’s second-and-20.
5:48: Second-and-20. Rivers is in the sthogun and once again finds an open receiver — Chris Chambers this time around. It’s an 18-yard gain, setting up third-and-2 at the Denver 18.
Rivers is in the shotgun, he pitches it to Tomlinson headed left. Tomlinson then pitches it to Vincent Jackson headed right — it’s a reverse. Jackson looks like he’s headed for the end zone but he’s tripped up by Champ Bailey at the six-yard line. It’s still a first down.
4:15: Tomlinson takes the first-and-goal handoff but he’s taken down after a gain of one by John Engelberger.
On second-and-goal, Tomlinson finds his way into the end zone for the second time and the crowd erupts. The Kaeding PAT is good, and the Broncos trail the Chargers 24-6.
3:32: Jackson fields the kickoff and fights his way forward to around the 30-yard line, where the Denver offense will start after trotting back onto the field.
First-and-10 Denver. Cutler is in the shotgun and hands to Bell. He picks up a nice block from Daniel Graham and grabs seven yards.
2:48: On second down, Bell takes another handoff and picks up 12 more yards. First down for the Broncos near midfield. Bell takes another handoff on the ensuing first down and gets three yards into San Diego territory.
That takes us to the two-minute warning.
2:00: Second-and-7 for the Broncos at the San Diego 48. Cutler takes the snap and fires for Brandon Marshall. It’s Marshall’s first catch of the day and it goes for a first down.
The team hurries back to the line. Cutler is in the shotgun again and finds Brandon Stokley for a first down just before being drilled to the ground. Timeout Denver.
1:19: Cutler is in the shotgun and Bell goes in motion. The quarterback drops back and finds Tony Scheffler in the front corner of the end zone, but the ref says he was out of bounds on the way down.
As the Broncos head back to the line for the next play, the refs announce they will be reviewing the previous play. The ruling on the field is confirmed — incomplete pass.
Now it’s second-and-10 for the Broncos at the San Diego 14-yard line. Cutler is once again in the shotgun, takes the snap and fires it to the middle of the end zone — but it’s picked off. The Chargers will take over at their own 20-yard line.
0:30: Rivers drops back and throws the ball away at the feet of his running back. No flag for intentional grounding because he rolled to his right out of the pocket.
On third down Sproles takes a handoff and picks up a first down past the 30-yard line. Timeout San Diego.
0:22: False start penalty on the Chargers. First-and-15 for San Diego at its own 31. The team breaks the huddle and Rivers lines up in the shotgun. He takes the snap, drops back and lofts a pass far out of bounds.
Second-and-15. Rivers hands off to Sproles out of the shotgun, and he picks up six yards before being taken down by D.J. Williams. That ends the first half.
The Chargers lead the Broncos, 24-6.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com