Q3 – 15:00: San Diego gets possession to start the second half. Matt Prater’s kickoff hits the crossbar and goes out of the end zone for a touchback. The Chargers will start at their own 20-yard line.
Q3 – 14:06: San Diego starts out with four wide receivers. Philip Rivers is flushed out of the pocket and delivers a three-yard shovel pass to fullback Jacob Hester. Rivers moves into the shotgun on second down, but has his pass batted at the line of scrimmage by Andra Davis. Facing 3rd and 7, Rivers returns to the shotgun, but his pass falls short to Darren Sproles. Jarvis Moss had good tight coverage on the running back, and Mike Scifres is in to punt.
Q3 – 13:54: Royal takes Scifres’ kick at the 26-yard line and returns it upfield to the Broncos’ own 36-yard line. That’s where Kyle Orton and the offense will get their second-half attack started.
Q3 – 13:06: Orton starts out of the shotgun, with Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Marshall, and Eddie Royal flanked to his left. He hands off to Knowshon Moreno, who runs right for one yard before being stopped by Shaun Phillips. Back in the shotgun, Orton delivers a quick slant to Royal, who fights for a nine-yard gain. Facing 3rd and 1 at their own 45, a Charger is down on the field, prompting an injury timeout.
Q3 – 12:23: Out of the break, the Broncos line up in an eye-formation set. Spencer Larsen paves a hole for Moreno on the left side, and the rookie takes advantage, rumbling 36 yards downfield to the Chargers’ 19-yard line.
Q3 – 11:59: In the red zone, the Broncos go back to the run with Correll Buckhalter, who goes off left tackle for a modest gain. The Chargers are whistled for offsides, but Daniel Graham is whistled for holding, signaling a replay of first down.
Q3 – 10:54: Orton takes a three-step drop and finds an open Royal on the right side for a seven-yard gain. Into second and short, the Broncos use two tight ends. Correll Buckhalter rumbles up the gut for six yards and a first-and-goal.
Q3 – 9:59: Moreno takes the inside handoff on first down, but runs out of room at the five-yard line. Out of the shotgun, Orton takes a three step drop and looks for Marshall in the back of the end zone. The ball grazes his right hand, but flies out of bounds, setting up third and goal. Again out of the shotgun, Orton looks for Gaffney over the middle, but the play is broken up by strong safety Steve Gregory.
Q3 – 9:56: Matt Prater nails the chip-shot 23-yard field goal, getting the Broncos on the board.
CHARGERS 13, BRONCOS 3
Q3 – 9:55: As Prater sets up the ball on the kicking tee, Darrell Reid gathers the coverage team to fire them up. The Broncos attempt the on-side kick, but Chargers receiver Legedu Naanee recovers it. Josh Barrett had a chance to recover it, but the bail sailed through his hands. The Chargers now have favorable field position at the Broncos’ 41-yard line.
Q3 – 8:57: LaDainian Tomlinson takes the first down carry up the middle for four yards, before being dragged down by Elvis Dumervil. Tomlinson is back in on second down, but Rivers goes to the pass, finding Antonio Gates on a quick slant for seven yards and a first down.
Q3 – 7:25: Tomlinson slithers his way through the middle of the defense, running out of room at the 25-yard line after a five-yard gain. Rivers pitches to Tomlinson on second down, who throws it back across the field to Rivers. With the Broncos defense out of position, Rivers spots Antonio Gates in the open field for a 24-yard gain. San Diego now has a 1st and goal at the one-yard line.
Q3 – 6:47: Rivers goes back to Tomlinson, but Andra Davis stops him in his tracks for no gain. Tomlinson tries it again on second down and breaks the plane for the one-yard touchdown. Renaldo Hill and Wesley Woodyard had Tomlinson by the legs, but he used his arm and some extra effort to break the plane. Nate Kaeding tacks on the extra point.
CHARGERS 20, BRONCOS 3
Q3 – 6:46: Kaeding’s kickoff sails to the right side of the field and skirts out of bounds for a touchback. The Broncos will get started at their own 20-yard line.
Q3 – 6:41: Working out of the shotgun, Orton finds Tony Scheffler on a right-side out route for 12 yards and a quick first down.
Q3 – 5:22: Orton keeps his rhythm going, finding Gaffney in an open crevice for 10 yards and another first down. The Broncos go back to the run on the ensuing play, as Moreno crosses midfield for 13 yards and another first down.
Q3 – 4:00: Facing significant pressure, Orton eludes several Chargers and throws the ball away. Orton goes back to the run on second down, but Kevin Burnett breaks through the line and stops Correll Buckhalter for no gain. Out of the shotgun on third and long, Orton sets up the screen with Buckhalter, but he’s five yards shy of the first-down marker.
Q3 – 3:54: Head Coach Josh McDaniels sends the offense out onto the field for 4th and 5 from the San Diego 40-yard line. That prompts the Chargers to use their first timeout of the second half.
Q3 – 3:51: Out of the timeout, Orton drops back to pass and spots Gaffney open over the middle of the field. The pass sails a few yards behind him, and the Chargers will take over on downs at their own 40-yard line.
Q3 – 3:00: Tomlinson gets the call on first down, following Hester up the middle for five yards. Sproles gives him a breather on second down, going off left tackle for a couple of yards. Elvis Dumervil was offsides on the play, giving San Diego a first down at midfield.
Q3 – 2:19: Following TE Brandon Manumaleuna, Sproles goes off left for a few yards. But the play is whistled dead, as Kenny Peterson was offsides. With 1st and 5 at the Denver 45, Tomlinson re-enters the game. Rivers shakes off the run, and looks to go deep for Vincent Jackson, but the ball sails a few yards long into the end zone.
Q3 – 0:37: On 2nd and 5, Tomlinson rumbles for five yards, reaching the marker for another San Diego first down. Rivers goes right back to the well with Tomlinson, weaving his way up the middle for eight yards. Rivers hands to the upback Hester, who skips through the hole for 15 yards and a first down in the red zone.
Q3 – 0:37: On 1st and 10 from the Denver 17, San Diego hands to Sproles for a two-yard gain. The third quarter has come to a close.
END OF THIRD QUARTER: CHARGERS 20, BRONCOS 3
Q4 – 15:00: The Chargers go back to the run, handing to Sproles for five yards before he is met by the Broncos’ team of Darcel McBath and Vonnie Holliday. Facing 3rd and 3 at the Broncos’ 10-yard line, Rivers sets in the shotgun. With two receivers on each side, he opts to call San Diego’s second timeout of the second half.
Q4 – 14:15: Out of the I-formation, Rivers fakes the run ad looks for Vincent Jackson over the middle. The ball is thrown behind him, and Renaldo Hill breaks up the pass to force fourth down. Nate Kaeding comes in and converts a 28-yard field goal. After the conclusion of the play, Ronald Fields is called for an unsportsmanlike conduct play, which will be enforced on the kickoff.
CHARGERS 23, BRONCOS 3
Q4 – 14:06: The penalty propels Kaeding’s tee to the 45-yard line. His kickoff sails through the uprights, and the Broncos will start their offense at their own 20-yard line.
Q4 – 13:33: Orton looks for Marshall on first down, but the pass is broken up along the right sideline by Chargers safety Steve Gregory. The Chargers show blitz on second down, and Kevin Burnett comes up with a seven-yard sack. Backed into a 3rd and 17 from their own 13-yard line, Orton can’t reach a streaking Gaffney down the field, as the pass falls incomplete.
Q4 – 13:22: Mitch Berger’s punt goes for 45 yards. It is picked up by Sproles at the 42-yard line, and returned six yards before he is met by Darrell Reid. San Diego will get started at its own 48-yard line.
Q4 – 12:06: Tomlinson takes the first-down carry for San Diego, finding running room on the right side for 13 yards and a first down. Into Broncos territory, fullback Mike Tolbert finds another seam up the middle, rumbling 32 yards and setting up a first-and-goal for the Chargers at the Broncos’ seven-yard line.
Q4 – 10:40: Andra Davis’ stops San Diego’s string of runs, hitting Tomlinson in the backfield for a two-yard loss. Rivers goes to the air on second down, finding Hester on a swing pass. Mario Haggan drags him out of bounds after a three-yard gain, backing the Chargers into a third-and-goal scenario. Sproles tests the middle of the Broncos’ defense, but he is met by a trio of defenders at the one-yard line to set up fourth and goal. Chargers tackle Jeromey Clary is down on the play, leading to a break in the action.
Q4 – 10:28: Clary is carted off the field and Kaeding is in to attempt his fourth field goal of the game. The 19-yard attempt is good.
CHARGERS 26, BRONCOS 3
Q4 – 10:23: Eddie Royal fields Kaeding’s kickoff in the end zone, returning it out to the 18-yard line. Denver will start at that spot.
Q4 – 9:30: Out of the shotgun, Orton fires a quick pass on the left side to Buckhalter. He swivels his way past a few defenders and gets out of bounds after an 11-yard gain. On the ensuing play, Orton goes back to the air, finding Eddie Royal for a 5-yard gain. Buckhalter shifts to the ground, running forward for six yards and another Broncos’ first down.
Q4 – 8:37: Orton goes back to the air, finding Daniel Graham on a short crossing route for four yards. At the foot of midfield, Orton finds Buckhalter on a screen and a big gain. He springs free behind the blocking of Russ Hochstein and Casey Wiegmann for a 25-yard gain and a first down at the San Diego 26-yard line. Chargers ILB Kevin Burnett is down, leading to a stoppage of play.
Q4 – 7:49: Out of the shotgun, Orton finds Moreno in the left flat. The rookie picks up six yards and gets out of bounds to stop the clock. Again out of the gun, Orton finds Marshall over the middle for six yards and a first down into the red zone.
Q4 – 7:42: Orton takes a shot to Marshall in the back right corner of the end zone, but the ball sails incomplete. On second down at the San Diego 14-yard line, Ryan Clady is whistled for a false start. With 2nd and 15 from the 19-yard line, Orton lines up with four wide receivers and throws incomplete. The closest receiver to the ball was Gaffney. Orton tries a right-side fade to Marshall on third down, but Quentin Jammer breaks up the pass.
Q4 – 7:37: Trailing by three-plus scores, the Broncos go for it on 4th and 15. Orton fields a low snap, but then throws low to Marshall at the foot of the goal line. The Chargers will take over on downs at their own 19-yard line.
Q4 – 5:40: The Chargers hand off to the upback Tolbert on first down for a five yard gain. Milking the playclock down as far as he can, Rivers hands to his other fullback, Hester, for a one-yard gain. Hester gets the call again on third down and converts, sneaking his way for a 14-yard gain and a new set of downs.
Q4 – 3:59: San Diego continues its rotation with its fullbacks, handing to Tolbert for a six-yard gain on first down. Under the five-minute mark, the Chargers line up in the I-formation and go again to Tolbert, who pushes the pile two yards forward. On third and short, Hester is stopped short of the marker by Le Kevin Smith, prompting the Broncos to call their first timeout of the second half.
Q4 – 3:51: Scifres comes in to punt, delivering a low line-drive kick that bounces into the end zone for a touchback. The Broncos will get another chance on offense at their own 20-yard line.
Q4 – 3:39: Orton starts in the shotgun with three wide receivers and Buckhalter as the lone setback. With time, his pass is broken up by Chargers ILB Stephen Cooper. Sporting the same personnel, Orton fires a quick pass left to Royal, who gets out of bounds after an eight-yard gain.
Q4 – 3:29: On third and short, Orton looks downfield for Gaffney, but the play is broken up by Quentin Jammer. Orton looks again for Gaffney on fourth down, but the ball can’t get by the outstretched hand of Steve Gregory. San Diego takes over on downs at the Denver 28-yard line.
Q4 – 2:00: Rivers goes back to his fullback Hester, who carries upfield for nine yards. Using a three tight end set, Tolbert comes in and runs for enough to move the chains. With 1st and 10 at the Denver 17, Hester takes another handoff for three yards, bringing us to the two-minute warning here at INVESCO Field at Mile High.
Q4 – 1:02: Out of the break, Tolbert goes up the gut for three yards, setting up 3rd and 4 at the Denver 11-yard line. Continuing the rotation, Hester takes a counter carry off his left tackle. The officials call for a measurement and he is just about a full yard short of the first down.
Q4 – 0:34: Holding a 23-point lead, the Chargers line up on 4th and 1 at the Denver 8-yard line. Out of the I-formation, Rivers gives a quick handoff to Tolbert who bursts through for an 8-yard touchdown. He fumbled the ball in the end zone but recovered it in time before Darcel McBath could pounce on it. Kaeding’s extra point is blocked by Marcus Thomas and recovered by Renaldo Hill, equaling a dead ball.
CHARGERS 32, BRONCOS 3
Q4 – 0:33: Kaeding’s kickoff is fielded in the end zone by Royal, and he takes a knee. The Broncos have 1st and 10 from their own 20-yard line.
Q4 – 0:00: Buckhalter runs for nine yards on the final play of the game. The final here at INVESCO Field at Mile High: Chargers 32, Broncos 3. San Diego moves to 7-3 and takes over first place in the AFC West, while the Broncos fall 6-4 and will next play the Giants here in Denver on Thanksgiving night. Thanks for following our blog, and be sure to return to DenverBroncos.com later this evening for complete postgame coverage.
FINAL: CHARGERS 32, BRONCOS 3