Following the Chargers’ touchdown, running back Ronnie Hillman got the Broncos offense moving with a 19-yard rush out to the Denver 40-yard line.
A short run by Lance Ball followed, bringing an end to the third quarter.
To begin the fourth, quarterback Peyton Manning hit tight end Jacob Tamme for 6 yards and then Ball took it across midfield with a 14-yard rush and a first down.
Next, Manning hit his other tight end, Joel Dreessen, who shrugged off a tackle near the sideline, stayed in bounds and gained an addition 5 yards after contact to move the chains.
The next series brought up a third-and-13. Needing to reach the 11-yard line, Manning stepped up in the pocket and fired a pass to Brandon Stokley, who made the catch and was immediately tackled 1 yard shy of the sticks.
Kicker Matt Prater came on and converted a 30-yard field goal to increase the lead to two possessions, at 27-16.
The Broncos answered the Chargers’ long drive by taking off 5:15 of game clock on 10 plays while covering 67 yards.