The Broncos’ historic comeback from 24 points down to beat San Diego has a chance to take home GMC’s Never Say Never Moment of the Week, and quarterback Peyton Manning is one of three players nominated for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week award.
Fans are encouraged to vote now on NFL.com/gmc and NFL.com/fedex and have until Friday at 1 p.m. MDT to make their choices. The winners will be announced Friday during NFL Network’s “Around the League.”
Manning carved up the Chargers for his fourth consecutive game with at least 300 yards passing. Manning finished Monday night 24-for-30 for 309 yards passing and three touchdowns, all in the second half, good for a quarterback rating of 129.0.
The second-half rally, which tied for the largest in team history, started on the first drive of the second half, when Manning directed an eight-play, 85-yard drive by completing all four of his passes, including a 29-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas that put Denver on the scoreboard.
The Broncos’ next touchdown came on a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown by cornerback Tony Carter, who picked up the loose ball after San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers had it knocked away by defensive end Elvis Dumervil. That touchdown made it 24-14 with 4:41 to play in the third quarter.
By the time 9:03 remained in the fourth quarter, Denver had added two more touchdowns to take a 28-24 lead and stun the crowd at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. The Broncos held on for the win as the defense continued to smother the Chargers offense the rest of the way, then sealed the deal with an interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Chris Harris with 2:05 to play.