Just before halftime, the Chargers added their third first-half touchdown to go up 24-0. The march covered 66 yards in 10 plays and took 3:56 off the clock.
The Chargers reached midfield with runs for 5 and 4 yards by running back Ryan Mathews combined with Philip Rivers’ completions of 7 yards to tight end Antonio Gates and 2 yards to tight end Randy McMichael.
A defensive holding penalty then moved San Diego to the Denver 43-yard line, and a 10-yard run by Mathews put San Diego on the Broncos’ 33-yard line. Another Mathews run, this one for 3 yards, set up second-and-7, with Mathews picking up 6 yards on a burst up the middle.
The Chargers converted third-and-1 on the following play on a short gain to the 23-yard line by running back Jackie Battle.
San Diego picked up 12 more when Rivers found running back Ronnie Brown on the following play. On first-and-10 from the 11, Rivers threw his second touchdown pass of the night to tight end Antonio Gates.