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Broncos fast start slows Chargers

Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by PAPER R1VAL, Sep 22, 2012.


    PAPER R1VAL Walk On

    Jul 30, 2012
    DENVER 38
    SAN DIEGO 21
    The Denver Broncos walked into Qualcomm Stadium this weekend and wanted to make a statement against their division rival the San Diego Chargers.
    Peyton Manning is changing the culture of this team. He's an old vet with a supporting cast of unseasoned, untested young talent. At the start of the season, his only familiar target was TE Jacob Tamme, who began his career in Indianpolis with Manning as his quarterback. The rest of the wideouts and backs in Denver are all new weapons for the surgical passer.
    Denver started off playing their style of football. After forcing an errant throw by Philip Rivers, Tracy Porter capitalized and came down with the interception. Denver's staff stresses points off of a turnovers, and the Broncos scored their first two touchdowns after interceptions thrown by the ultra-competitive Rivers. The first coming on the ground as power back Jonathan Dwyer pounded it in and the second through the air, as Manning found familiar target Tamme on a crossing pattern in the endzone.
    The Chargers would respond however, putting together a nice drive out of the hurry near the end of the first half. Rivers hit Malcom Floyd on a quick slant in the endzone and the receiver held onto the ball after taking a hard shot.
    After getting the ball back with little time, Peyton and the Broncos were content with running out the clock and going into the locker room with a one score lead, but the field general saw something at the line of scrimmage. Bey-Bey Thomas had a favorable matchup outside, and Manning checked to pass. Thomas, who has some serious wheels for a big wideout, beat his man and ran under a perfect rainbow of a pass from his quarterback for the 60 yard TD.
    21-7 DENVER at Half
    After a string of turnovers from Rivers, the Broncos continued to build their lead. Old-school, lunchpail wideout Jerricho Cotchery has surprised everyone early with deceptive play-making ability. In the middle of the third, J-Co caught a short pass in coverage, took a big shot, but somehow stayed on his feet - he broke it outside and took it to the house after making a couple of defensive backs miss. ​
    The hidden story in this one may be San Diego's offensive line - they completely neutralized Von Miller and the rest of the attacking Denver defenders. Newcomer Alex Albright was the only player to get to Rivers all game. ​
    The resilient Chargers didn't give up. Rivers regained his composure and led another scoring drive, this time finding TE Antonio Gates on an out pattern for the score. ​
    Matt "Money" Prater, who hasn't missed this season, connected on a 39 yard field goal in the fourth to give Denver a 31-14 lead. ​
    In desperation mode, Rivers forced a pass to a heavily covered Robert Meachem and Phillip Buchanon came up with a fingertips INT on a tipped ball. Jonathan Dwyer, who struggled for the most part against the Chargers 3-4 attack, found pay dirt again with just under 2 minutes left. ​
    The Chargers took the next kickoff back for the score against a sleeping Denver special teams unit. That would conclude the scoring as the Broncos would just kneel it out on their next possession.​
    38-21 DENVER FINAL
    GG Daryl TwoTONS04
    Demaryius "Bey-Bey" Thomas - 5 grabs for 116 yards and 1 TD

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