The Chargers moved out to a commanding 21-7 halftime lead on the Broncos at Mile High Stadium and added a FG on their first possession of the second half for a 24-7 lead with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter. However, the Broncos responded with 17 unanswered points to tie the game late in the quarter. A blunder by the Charger's coaching staff almost cost them the game, as the clock ran out in regulation with the Chargers inside the Broncos 30 yard line before a field goal could be attempted. The Charger's coach thought he had used all of the timeouts on defense, when in fact the Chargers had one timeout remaining. At the end of regulation, the score stood 24-24. The Chargers won the overtime toss and chose to receive the kick. The Chargers marched down the field with ease and soon found themselves inside the Bronco's ten yard line. Philip Rivers nearly blew the game yet again when he threw an ill advised pass to Malcolm Floyd when Antonio Gates was wide open in the end zone (total stick freakout....hit O instead of X for some reason) and it was intercepted by the Broncos. The Charger's D was able to hold the Broncos, and on their ensuing possession, the Chargers came back down the field and put the game on ice with a Kaeding 50 yard FG. After the game, the Charger's coach shouldered the blame for the near loss and stated that any such mistakes must be avoided if the Chargers are to have a chance against the Patriots in Foxboro for the Divisional round of the playoffs.