HALFTIME: The Broncos are honoring breast cancer survivors on the field during halftime. San Diego will receive to start the second half.
Q3 15:00: After a touchback, Ryan Mathews picks up 2 yards on first down, and Philip Rivers scrambles for 6 more on second down. That makes it third-and-2 at the 28-yard line, and Rivers hits Patrick Crayton for a first down. On the ensuing first down, Rivers finds Randy McMichael, who is brought down by Quinton Carter after a 7-yard gain. Mathews is wrapped up for no gain by Robert Ayers on the next play. Mathews picks up 2 yards to set up third-and-1, then picks up 2 more for a first down at the San Diego 49-yard line.
Q3 10:45: On the ensuing first down, Joe Mays nearly picks up a sack, but D.J. Williams and Marcus Thomas finish off Rivers, dropping him for an 8-yard loss. That makes it second-and-12, and the ball slips out of Rivers’ hands for a fumble. The quarterback sprints back to fall on the ball, and Ayers is there to fall on him and set up third-and-35. Jacob Hester takes a carry on the next play, picking up 10 yards. Mike Scifres is in to punt to the waiting Quan Cosby, who grabs the ball at the 10 and finds room to the 30-yard line.
Q3 8:54: Tim Tebow is now in at quarterback, looking at first-and-10 at his own 31-yard line.
INJURY REPORT: San Diego running back Mike Tolbert has a concussion and will not return.
Q3 8:53: Willis McGahee takes a carry on first down, picking up 5 yards. On second down, Tebow bobbles the snap but gets it off to McGahee, who is dropped behind the line of scrimmage. That brings up third-and-8 at the 33-yard line. Tebow is in the shotgun. He takes the snap and hits Eric Decker at the line of scrimmage, but the receiver is dropped quickly for no gain. Britton Colquitt is in to punt to Crayton. The returner is dropped at the 20-yard line, where the Chargers will take over.
Q3 6:59: Mathews picks up 2 yards on first down, but picks up about 11 more on second down to grab a first down at the 33-yard line. Rivers hits Vincent Jackson for another first down at the San Diego 47-yard line. The ensuing first down brings a run by Mathews, who picks up 2 yards. On second down, Champ Bailey comes blitzing in from cornerback, and Rivers is forced to roll out and throw the ball away. That makes it third-and-8, and Rivers’ pass is nearly intercepted by Cassius Vaughn for the second time this afternoon, but it’s ruled incomplete. Scifres is in to punt again, and Cosby is back deep to receive. He calls for a fair catch and is run into by a Chargers gunner, but there’s no flag. Denver has the ball at the 7-yard line.
Q3 3:56: First down brings another run by McGahee, and the back picks up a quick 3 yards. On second down, Tebow throws down the sideline to Brandon Lloyd, who brings in the pass, but the refs rule he was out of bounds and it’s therefore incomplete. On third down, Tebow is in the shotgun. He takes the snap, scrambles around in the backfield and fires deep to Eric Decker, who found his way wide open behind his defender. But the receiver can’t bring in the pass as he dives nearly midfield. Colquitt is in to punt again, and the returner, Crayton, is brought down at his own 37-yard line.
Q3 2:48: Mathews takes a carry for a yard before being stopped by Joe Mays. On second down, Mathews is stopped again, this time at the line of scrimmage for no gain. That brings up third-and-9, and Rivers is in the shotgun. He finds McMichael for a first down at midfield.
Q3 0:40: On first down, Mathews finds a hole and leaves his feet to try to jump over a defender, but he’s hit by Champ Bailey, who forces a fumble that is recovered by Mays. It was a 6-yard gain and there’s no return on the fumble, so Denver has a first down at its own 44-yard line.
Q3 0:39: The Chargers challenged the ruling on the field — and it’s determined that Mathews was down by contact before the fumble, and San Diego now has the ball again with a second-and-4. Rivers hits Hester on a pass for a first down at the 40-yard line on the next play as the third quarter comes to a close.
Q4 15:00: Mathews takes the first-down carry for 3 yards. On second down, Mathews takes a pitch and picks up 3 more yards, setting up third-and-4. Rivers tries to hit Jackson over the middle, but Champ Bailey was having none of it, knocking away the pass and shaking his head as he jogs to the sideline. Nick Novak is in to attempt a 51-yard field goal — and it’s good.
CHARGERS 26, BRONCOS 10
Q4 13:35: After a touchback, Tebow and the offense take over at the 20-yard line. On first down, Tebow looks for Dante Rosario, but the tight end can’t haul in the pass. There’s a Charger down after the play — I believe it’s Shaun Phillips.
Q4 13:29: On second-and-10, Tebow is in the shotgun. He hands off to Willis McGahee, who finds a hole for 12 yards and a first down at the 32-yard line. McGahee gets another carry on the ensuing play, and he’s stopped after a gain of a yard. It’s a fake handoff on second down, and Tebow scrambles for a 5-yard gain. That brings up third-and-4, and Tebow is in the shotgun. He rolls left and throws low to Willis for an incompletion. Colquitt is in to punt again, and he booms it to the 10-yard line.
Q4 11:33: On first down for the Chargers, Mathews gets another carry and picks up 11 yards for a first down. It’s Mathews again on the next play, but he’s dropped after a gain of 1. The running back limps off the field after the play. On second-and-9, Rivers hits McMichael for a 4-yard gain. Now third-and-5, Rivers is sacked by Von Miller. That’s his fourth consecutive game with at least one sack — and his fifth quarterback takedown of the season. Scifres is in to punt for the Chargers, and Cosby returns it to near midfield.
Q4 8:34: On first down, McGahee finds a big hole for a 28-yard gain, and he’s got his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. He’s at 120 yards on the day. On the next play it’s Tebow with the run — he scrambles to the sideline and picks up the first down at the 12-yard line. On first-and-10, Antonio Garay bursts through the line to break up a play at the line of scrimmage. It’s now second-and-10, and Tebow is in the shotgun. It’s a designed quarterback draw, and Tebow sprints 12 yards for the touchdown. The crowd is fired up as the Broncos are going for two to make it a one-score game. Tebow is in the shotgun, and he gives it to McGahee, who continues his big day, diving into the end zone for the conversion before giving the crowd a Mile High Salute.
CHARGERS 26, BRONCOS 18
Q4 6:35: After Prater’s kick goes through the end zone, San Diego takes over at the 20. On first down, Rivers completes to Jackson for 9 yards. Hester runs for no gain on second down. On third-and-short, Rivers sneaks for first down yardage. On the ensuing first down, Rivers is swarmed in the pocket but gets the ball out for an incomplete. Denver is challenging the ruling that the pass is incomplete, believing it was a fumble by Rivers.
Q4 4:38: After review, the call on the field is overturned and the play is ruled a fumble recovered by Denver. Tebow and Broncos offense takes over at the San Diego 41-yard line.
Q4 4:34: Tebow runs right for 8 yards on first down. On second down McGahee picks his way up the middle for 5 yards and a new set of downs. Tebow then completes a screen pass under pressure to Moreno, who sprints into the end zone for the 28-yard score. The offense is on the field to attempt a 2-point try. Denver calls a timeout.
Q4 3:19: The 2-point conversion is no good as Tebow’s pass for Lloyd falls incomplete.
CHARGERS 26, BRONCOS 24
Q4 3:18: The kickoff goes for a touchback and the Chargers start at their 20. On first down, Rivers is hurried by the blitz up the gut and throws incomplete. On second down, Rivers throws intended for Floyd and it’s broken up by Goodman. On third-and-10, Rivers completes to Floyd for a 38-yard gain. Denver calls timeout (1 remaining).
Q4 2:51: On first down, Hester runs for 2 yards and the Broncos call their final timeout.
Q4 2:46: On second down, Rivers pitches to Hester for a short gain but the Broncos are called for unnecessary roughness, giving San Diego a first down at the Denver 22-yard line. Hester then runs left on first down and is stopped for no gain. That brings us to the 2-minute warning.
Q4 1:59: On second down, Hester runs up the middle for 3 yards. On third-and-seven from the Denver 19-yard line, Hester runs left and is stopped after a short gain. San Diego calls timeout as the play clock winds down. Novack hits the field goal try from 35 yards out. 24 seconds remain.
CHARGERS 29, BRONCOS 24
Q4 0:24: Denver takes over at the 20 after a touchback.
Q4 0:19: After review, Tebow’s first down pass to Lloyd is ruled a catch and a 20-yard gain down the right sideline. On second down, Tebow completes deep down the middle to Fells for a 31-yard gain. Tebow then stops the clock with a spike. San Diego calls their second timeout. Denver has the ball at the San Diego 29-yard line with 1 second left.
Q4 0:01: After scrambling to keep the play alive, Tebow’s pass falls incomplete in the end zone and the game is over.
FINAL: CHARGERS 29, BRONCOS 24