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Week 5 - Chargers 24 - Broncos 17

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  1. SteamboatReb

    SteamboatReb Walk On

    Aug 20, 2011
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High was the host to a game tha can best be described as a "Tale of Two Halfs."

    The fireworks started early as Clinton Portis took one in for Denver from 50 yards out shortly after the Denver D forced the Chargers to punt. Three minutes later San Diego tied the game when Phillip Rivers found T.O. running free down the sidelines. The 80 yard touchdown pass was T.O.'s lonngest reception of the year, and those in San Diego would tell you that the big play was just in time, as the fan base is still feeling the effects of the sudden trade of Vincent Jackson to Carolina for a first round pick in this year's draft.

    The big plays continued as San Diego scored the next touchdown when Ryan Mathews took an inside handoff for 26 yards up the middle to pay dirt. After the teams exchanged punts, San Diego seemed poised to take a touchdown lead into the half until the unthinkable happened. With 36 secinds to go in the half, Brandon Lloyd went high in to the air and came down with a 50-50 ball in the endzone just before half to tie the game at 14-14.

    Denver received the second half kick bit were unable to put any points on the board. On San Diego's next drive, Ryan Mathews took a hard lick and had to leave the game. Mike Tolbert entered the game and proved to be a more than capable plan B. Tolbert capped a methodical 3rd quarter drive with a 9 yard TD run which put eh Chargers up 21-14. San Diego held the Broncos on their subsequent drive, and answered with a drive of their own.

    On perhaps the most critical play of the game, Rivers found Antonio Gates running free across the middle on 4th down from the Broncos 38. The pass was good for nearly 8 yards and was more than enough to extend the drive as the Chargers needed only 4 yards for a first down. The Chargers drive fizzled thre plays later, but Kaeding was able to add another 3 points to San Diego's lead with a spectacular 46 yard FG into a relatively tricky wind.

    The Broncos were able to score a FG rather quickly in their next drive and placed themselves in a posititon to steal the game the SAn Diego in the 4th quarter. Fate soon smiled on Denver in the form of a Phillip Rivers fumble deep in his own territory with precious little time remaining in the game. Denver was able to move the ball a bit closer to the goal ine in their attempt to tie the game. However, Broncos QB Tim Tebow threw his 3rd interception of the game with under two minutes to go to effectively end any hopes the Broncos had of scoring to force overtime. After finding Antonio Gates open for the game sealing first down, Rivers put his team in the Victory formation and attempted to rum the clock out. The Chargers were forced to end the game with a punt, but time expired while the punt was in the air, and the Broncos return man was quickly tackled - - signalling an end to the game.

    The Broncos coach lamented after the game that the teams play at QB are the direct cause of any misfortune surrounding the Broncos at this point. Certtainly, no right-minded person could look at tebow's stats from this game and still insist that he is the best option at QB for the Broncos (9-26, 185 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs). The Chargers struggled across teh board as well in this game and were very fortunate to escape Mile High with a division win.

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