Needing a score to get within one possession, the Chargers started off their first fourth-quarter possession with a big play. Quarterback Philip Rivers was hit upon release, but still completed a 38-yard pass to wide receiver Malcom Floyd, crossing midfield to the Denver 42-yard line.
After a run of no gain, two incompletions and a delay-of-game penalty, San Diego faced fourth-and-14 near midfield and decided to go for it.
Rivers dropped back and faced pressure once again, barely getting a desperation pass away. Safety Jim Leonhard intercepted it at the 29-yard line, giving the Broncos possession with 9:10 left in the game. It was Leonhard’s second pick of the year, tying his career high.