15:00: It’s a first-and-10 for the Chargers on the Denver 11-yard line. Fullback Mike Tolbert is brought down after a yard by Dre’ Bly and Marquand Manuel.
14:25: Rivers’ pass to Gates is incomplete. That brings up third-and-9 on the 10. Ebenezer Ekuban chases Rivers to the right sideline and he throws the ball away just before he rolls out of bounds.
14:08: On fourth-and-nine, Nate Kaeding jogs out for a field goal attempt and knocks through the 28-yarder. The Broncos now lead the Chargers by one point — 31-30.
14:08: After a touchback, Jay Cutler and the offense trot out to start another drive. Selvin Young goes in motion to the left sideline and makes a nice catch close to the ground on a low pass from Cutler. He jumps back up and runs forward for an eight-yard gain. Second-and-2.
13:39: Brandon Marshall makes the first-down catch over the middle. Selvin Young goes in motion again to the left sideline on first down and Cutler finds a wide-open Daniel Graham in the middle of the field. Graham turns and runs for 13 yards and a first down on the Denver 46.
12:16: Cutler quickly finds Marshall on first down, and the receiver carries his defender for four yards to the sideline.
12:16: Marshall makes another reception as Cutler is knocked to the ground. On the way to the ground, Marshall fumbled but the Broncos recovered the fumble and it’s another first-down.
9:46: An eight-yard run by Selvin Young is followed up by a four-yard run by Andre Hall, and the Broncos have another first down on the San Diego 30-yard line.
9:27: Cutler’s first-down pass is knocked down near the line of scrimmage. On second-and-10, Cutler rolls to the right and fumbles the ball. He quickly recovers and picks it back up and avoids pressure running back to the left. He finds a wide open Daniel Graham who follows his blockers and picks up what looks like close to a first down. There’s a flag on the play, however, and Quentin Jammer is called for illegal contact before Cutler rolled out of the pocket. It’s five yards and an automatic first down on the Chargers 25.
9:13: Andre Hall is wrapped up in the backfield for a three-yard loss on first down. Just a quick note on Brandon Marshall’s performance tonight — his 14 catches tie a franchise record. The man he’s tied with is tonight’s honorary captain — Rod Smith.
8:13: Marshall makes another catch, but defensive holding is called on Antonio Cromartie — it’s a five-yard penalty and is an automatic first down. It also negates the play, so Marshall is still tied for the record.
7:51: Cutler scrambles for two yards on first down. On second-and-8, Young takes the carry up the left side for 10 yards and a first down.
6:21: Tony Scheffler makes a seven-yard reception, bringing up second-and-3 for the Broncos on the four-yard line.
5:41: Cutler’s pass is tipped in the endzone, and Scheffler dove in the back of the endzone, almost coming up with the touchdown.
5:30: Cutler rolls right out of the pocket on third down and tries to throw on the run to Eddie Royal in the endzone. Cornerback Antoine Cason for the Chargers intercepts the pass and runs out of the endzone. He fumbles the ball on the run-back, but it’s recovered by the Chargers. First-and-10 for San Diego on its own nine-yard line.
5:30: Rivers finds Vincent Jackson in traffic on first down, and there’s a flag on the play. Illegal contact on Marquand Manuel, but the penalty is declined after the play resulted in a first down.
5:09: First-and-10 on the San Diego 30, and Sproles takes the handoff. He’s stopped by Boss Bailey after four yards. Second-and-6 on the 34 for the Chargers. Rivers takes the snap and finds Sproles, who again makes a few moves and weaves his way all the way through the Denver defense and into the endzone. It’s a 66-yard touchdown run.
4:22: Rivers comes back onto the field and finds Legedu Naanee in the endzone for the two-point conversion. The score is now San Diego 38, Denver 31.
4:22: Hall and Pittman back to receive. Kaeding kicks the ball off again, and again it’s a touchback. First and 10 for the Broncos at the 20. Tony Scheffler drops a Cutler pass on first down.
4:16: Cutler finds Marshall for an eight-yard gain in the middle of the field, bringing up third-and-2. Cutler is in the shotgun and he hands the ball off to Michael Pittman on a draw play. Pittman breaks a tackle and powers forward for 12 yards. The ball is on the Denver 40.
3:07: Cutler drops back and finds Marshall on the right sideline. He steps out of bounds after an eight-yard gain. Second-and-2 and Eddie Royal goes up to pull in a first-down pass in traffic. The ball is now at the San Diego 39-yard line.
2:29: Cutler finds Brandon Stokley in the middle of the field, and he spins past defenders, sprinting his way toward the sideline before being dropped after a 20-yard gain. There is a flag on the play for illegal hands to the face on the defense, but it’s declined.
2:00: Just before the two-minute warning, Cutler finds Marshall on the left sideline. Marshall slips one tackler and is brought down just before stepping out of bounds. The clock runs down to the two-minute warning, and the Broncos face a second-and-4 at the San Diego 13-yard line when play resumes.
2:00: Cutler finds Marshall on a slant route, and Marshall leaps over his defender before being upended at the two-yard line. It’s first-and-goal for the Broncos.
1:26: Kory Lichtensteiger is eligible again, and Pittman dives over the pile, but he’s short of the endzone. Second-and-1, Chargers call a timeout.
An update: Marshall’s 18 receptions are not only a Broncos franchise single-game record, they tie for the second-most in NFL history.
1:14: After an incomplete pass on second down, it brings up third-and-goal for the Broncos on the one-yard line. The booth is reviewing the play, however, to see if the ball slipped out of Cutler’s hands and it is in fact a fumble.
1:14: The referees determine that the play was in fact a fumble. But since the whistle blew as an incomplete pass, the ball was dead at the spot the ball fell. It’s Denver’s ball at the 10-yard line. Third and goal.
1:14: Cutler steps up to the line in the shotgun formation. It’s a draw play to Selvin Young, and the running back takes it to the four-yard line. That makes it fourth and goal for the Broncos, down a touchdown.
0:29: Denver calls its second time out of the half. Fourth and goal, play of the game. Cutler is in the shotgun and he finds Eddie Royal for the touchdown.
0:24: The offense is on the field — Denver is going for the two-point conversion. Royal catches the two-point conversion from Cutler with 24 seconds remaining in the half. The score is now Denver 39, San Diego 38.
0:24: Prater and the special teams are on the field as the crowd chants, “Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!” Sproles is stopped at the 18-yard line, where the Chargers will start their drive.
0:12: After a 25-yard Antonio Gates completion, the Chargers have the ball on their own 43. Rivers is in the shotgun, and Denver calls its third and final timeout.
0:12: Chris Chambers appears to haul in a catch around the Chargers 39-yard line, but the play is ruled incomplete.
0:06: The refs elect to review the ruling on the field. Chambers’ second foot came down out of bounds, the ruling on the field stands. Second-and-10 for the Chargers on their own 43-yard line. Rivers is in the shotgun. He takes the snap and rolls to the right, then the left, then lets it fly to the endzone. The pass falls incomplete and as time runs out the Broncos secondary is celebrating on the field.
0:00: The Broncos win their home opener against the Chargers, 39-38.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com