Denver has come all the way back from being behind 21 points to take a four-point lead over the Chargers. The Broncos came up with the go-ahead touchdown on a 21-yard pass from quarterback Peyton Manning to well-covered wide receiver Brandon Stokley.
It was all set up when cornerback Tony Carter made his second big play of the night, this time picking off a deep pass by San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers and returning it 15 yards to midfield.
That set up a drive that started with a 6-yard completion from Manning to Stokley followed by a 9-yard run by running back Willis McGahee. From the San Diego 35-yard line, Manning completed another pass to Stokley, this one for a 9-yard gain. After a penalty on San Diego, Manning looked Stokley’s way for the third straight time and Stokley made a leaping, go-ahead 21-yard touchdown reception despite tight coverage along the sideline.
With that touchdown pass, Manning has now gone over 300 yards passing for the fourth time in as many games. He also extends his personal record of career games with 300 yards passing to an NFL-best 67. It’s Manning’s fourth consecutive game with at least 300 yards passing. He has not thrown an incompletion in the second half.
Manning is now 24-for-29 for 309 yards and three touchdowns, with a quarterback rating of 131.2.