KICKOFF: Eric Decker is back to receive from Nate Kaeding. He runs up the middle and returns the kick to the 23-yard line.
Q3 14:54: Knowshon Moreno opens the half with a 35-yard run to the San Diego 42-yard line. Lance Ball is stopped for a 1-yard loss on the next play, and Tim Tebow drops back to pass on second down. The quarterback fires a pass intended for Demaryius Thomas, but Quentin Jammer steps in front of it for an interception and a 5-yard return to the San Diego 29-yard line.
Q3 13:44: Rivers lines up under center and hands off to Ryan Matthews, who runs into Jamal Williams for no gain. On second down, Rivers finds Kory Sperry for 17 yards and a first down at the 46-yard line.
Q3 12:41: River drops back to pass again and hits Legedu Naanee, who falls down and pops back up for a 26-yard gain. Rivers and Naanee connect for 16 yards on the next play, and Ryan Matthews evades two tacklers to complete a 12 yard touchdown run, his second of the day. Kaeding converts the extra point to cap off the drive.
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Q3 11:10: Eric Decker and Cassius Vaughn set up to receive the kickoff, and Kaeding kicks deep to Decker. He brings the ball up to the 27-yard line.
Q3 11:03: Tim Tebow takes the shotgun snap on first down, fakes the screen right and runs out of bounds to his left for a 2-yard loss. Tebow sets up in the shotgun again, but the pocket collapses on him and he is sacked for a 10-yard loss. The Broncos were called for holding on the play, but the Chargers declined. Facing third-and-22, Tebow handles the shotgun snap and runs back and forth across the field, evading pressure until he finds Daniel Graham for a 16-yard gain. Colquitt trots out and punts to Antoine Cason, who returns it 62 yard back to the Broncos’ 19-yard line.
Q3 9:29: Ryan Matthews runs up the middle for no gain on first down. Rivers takes the shotgun snap on second down and looks for Malcom Floyd, but Andre’ Goodman is there to break up the pass. On third-and-10 from the 19-yard line, Rivers sets up in the shotgun and looks for Floyd again. The receiver appears to make the catch for a touchdown, but he’s ruled out of bounds. Nate Kaeding comes out and kicks a 37-yard field goal to increase the lead.
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Q3 8:31: Cassius Vaughn fields the kickoff from Kaeding and sprints up to the midfield for a good return, but the Broncos are called for holding and pushed back to their own 17-yard line. Tebow lines up under center and hands off to Buckhalter, who runs for a 1-yard gain. On the next play, Tebow fakes the handoff to Moreno and throws for Brandon Lloyd, but the pass sails out of bounds. After the play, both teams are called for personal fouls and the penalties offset. On third-and-9 from the 18-yard line, Tebow finds Brandon Lloyd for a 13-yard completion on the right sideline.
Q3 7:22: Knowshon Moreno handles the first-down carry for no gain, and Tebow fakes it to the back before his pass falls out of bounds on second down. Facing third-and-10, Tebow handles the shotgun snap and rolls to his left, bursting up the field and out of bounds for a 30-yard scramble and another first down at the San Diego 39-yard line.
Q3 6:08: Moreno runs for a 1-yard loss on first down, and Tebow can’t find anyone to pass to on second down. The quarterback decides to run again and picks up 11 yards and another first down at the San Diego 29-yard line.
Q3 4:42: On first down, Tebow runs again, this time picking up 8 yards. He underhands a shovel pass to Correll Buckhalter for 15 yards on the next play. Facing first-and-goal from the 6-yard line, Tebow fires a quick pass to Eric Decker for the rookie receiver’s first regular-season touchdown. Steven Hauschka converts the extra point attempt.
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Q3 3:15: Darren Sproles fields the kickoff from Hauschka and returns it to the 23-yard line. Rivers lines up under center and can’t find a receiver before he’s sacked by D.J. Williams for his second sack of the day. On second-and-12, Rivers takes the snap and hands off to Matthews, who’s stopped by Wesley Woodyard after a short gain. The Chargers are flagged for holding and pushed back to their 11-yard line. Rivers hands off to Sproles, and the running back darts up the middle and to the sideline for a 27-yard gain and a first down on the 37-yard line.
Q3 1:26: Ryan Matthews runs for a 2-yard gain on first down, and Rivers connects with Legedu Naanee for 26 yards and another first down at Denver’s 35-yard line. That brings us to the end of the third quarter.
Q4 15:00: The Chargers line up in a two-back set, and Mario Haggan tackles Ryan Matthews for no gain. D.J. Williams pressures Rivers into an incomplete pass on second down, and the Chargers face third-and-10. Rivers handles the shotgun snap passes for Floyd, but Andre’ Goodman and Renaldo Hill break it up. Kaeding comes out to attempt the 53-yard field goal, and he pulls it wide right. That counts for the first missed field goal in Denver of Kaeding’s career.
Q4 14:07: The Broncos face first-and-10 from their own 43-yard line. Tebow lines up under center, fakes the handoff to Lance Ball and runs up the middle for 5 yards. He handles the shotgun snap for a called-draw on second down, running for 4 yards this time. Facing third-and-1, Tebow lines up under center and hands off to Lance Ball, who can’t pick up the yard. The punt team runs out to the boos of the crowd, but wait, it looks like a fake. Tebow lines up to take the snap in the swinging-gate formation, and San Diego calls a timeout.
Q4 12:19: Facing fourth-and-2 from the 49-yard line, Tebow lines up in the Shotgun and sprints up the middle on the called draw. The officials are bringing out the chains to measure, and the Broncos fall short. San Diego will take over on downs.
Q4 12:08: Matthews carries for 3 yards, and Rivers completes a 5-yard pass to Randy McMichael on second down. Facing third-and-2 from Denver’s 44-yard line San Diego calls their second timeout of the second half.
Q4 10:43: Rivers takes the snap and completes a 4-yard pass to Kelley Washington for a first down. He hands off to Matthews for a 5-yard gain on the new first down and gives Matthews another handoff for 4 yards on second down. Matthews carries on a third time on third down, but Justin Bannan stops him for no gain. The Chargers take their final timeout of the game.
Q4 8:04: On fourth-and-1, Rivers pitches left to Ryan Matthews, who barely escapes the grasp of Robert Ayers and sprints 31 yards for his third rushing touchdown of the day. Kaeding hits the extra point.
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Q4 7:55: Cassius Vaughn fields the kickoff at the 3-yard line, hits the crease and evades a tackler for a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He caps it off with a Mile-High salute, and Steven Hauschka converts the extra point. The return was the second-longest in team history.
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Q4 7:30: Darren Sproles picks up Steven Hauschka’s squib kick and finds a seam, returning it 41 yards to the 42-yard line. Matthews runs for 2 yards on first down, and Wesley Woodyard sacks Rivers for a 10-yard loss as soon as he handles the snap. On third-and-18, Rivers hits Sproles on an underneath pass for a 15-yard gain. Scifres comes on to punt, fumbles the snap and recovers to punt. Eddie Royal backs off and San Diego downs the punt at the 30-yard line. San Diego is penalized for an illegal man downfield, and that adds 5 more yards.
Q4 5:26: Tebows first-down pass intended for Daniel Graham is incomplete. On second down, Tebow completes a 2-yard pass to Knowshon Moreno. Facing third-and-8, Tebow fires a low pass over the middle, but Eric Decker can’t complete the diving catch. The Broncos are going for it on fourth down, and Tebow is able to fit the ball into a small window for Brandon Lloyd on the left sideline for a 14 yards and a first down.
Q4 4:41:Tebow scrambles for 7 yards on the new first down and runs again for 2 yards on second down. He takes the shotgun snap on third down and has his pass batted down. Facing fourth-and-1 at the 40-yard line, Tebow plunges up the middle. Before the play can be measured, the Broncos are called for an illegal shift and pushed back 5 yards. Tebow tries to find Lloyd on the left sideline, but Antoine Cason won’t be fooled twice. He deflects the pass and the Broncos turn the ball over on downs.
Q4 3:11: Matthews carries the ball for 5 yards before he’s taken down by Ronald Fields. The Broncos call their first timeout. Justin Bannan breaks through the line and stops Matthews for 1-yard gain on second down, and the Chargers face third-and-6 at midfield. The Broncos call their second timeout. Rivers lines up under center and hands the ball off to Sproles for 3 yards. The Broncos call their final timeout, and Eddie Royal comes out to return the punt.
Q4 2:57: Scifres angles a beautiful punt 41 yards out of bounds to the 7-yard line. Tebow drops back in the shotgun and finds Lloyd for 15 yards and a first down on the right side line.
Q4 2:43: Tebow find Lloyd again for 17 yards on an identical play, bringin Denver to the 40-yard line. Tebow rolls to his right and throws the ball out of bounds.
Q4 2:29: Tebow evades the sack and rolls to his right, firing a 16-yard pass to Eric Decker. That brings us to the two minute warning.
Q4 2:00: The Broncos set up in first-and-10 at San Diego’s 44-yard line. Tebow handles the shotgun snap and runs to his right for a 4-yard gain. Tebow takes the shotgun snap and rolls to his left, throwing the ball out of bounds when no one is open.
Q4 1:17: Facing third-and-6 at the 40-yard line, Tebow sets up in the shotgun and hits Correll Buckhalter for an 11-yard completion on the right sideline. Tebow has nowhere to pass on the next play, so he runs out of bounds. On the next play Tebow launches a 25-yard pass up the middle to Daniel Graham and spikes the ball. The Broncos now have second-and-goal from the 6-yard line. Tebow rolls out and can’t find anyone open, so he throws the ball away. On third down, Tebow looks to pass, but see’s space up the middle and runs it in for 6-yard touchdown. Hauschka’s extra point is good, and the Broncos are behind by five points with 26 seconds left in the game.
Q4 0:26: Hauschka sets up for the onside kick, and hits a high one to his right. San Diego fumbles the ball and Richard Quinn recovers. The Broncos have possession with 23 seconds and no timeouts.
Q4 0:23: Tebow handles the shotgun snap and dumps off a sideline pass to Correll Buckhalter for 6 yards.
Q4 0:16: Tebow launches a Hail Mary pass that bounces off Brandon Lloyd and Eric Weddle, but falls to the ground. With 6 second left, Tebow launches another deep pass, but it’s broken up by Quinton Teal and the Chargers escape with a 33-26 victory.