NFL Game Summary - Denver at San Diego|
(Monday, November 22nd)
Final Score: San Diego 35, Denver 14
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes as
the surging San Diego Chargers dominated the Denver Broncos, 35-14, in an AFC
West battle at Qualcomm Stadium.
Rivers went 15-of-24 for 233 yards and one interception while Mike Tolbert
added 25 carries for 111 yards and a score for the Chargers (5-5), who moved
back to .500 with a three-game winning streak.
"We have a bunch of resilient, tough guys on this team that never flinch,
never blink," said Rivers. "This is a pretty good win we put together today.
In all three phases of the game, we played great tonight."
San Diego now sits in a tie for second-place in the division with Oakland,
one game behind the first-place Chiefs.
"That was the most complete game we've had this season," said San Diego head
coach Norv Turner. "But we don't have any time to rest. We have a short week
and we have to get ready to start on Wednesday and travel on Friday. We have
to keep the momentum we have going here."
Patrick Crayton had three catches for 105 yards and a score, but left the
game after his touchdown with an injured left wrist. Darren Sproles added five
catches for 60 yards with a touchdown.
Kyle Orton was 24-for-38 with 217 yards, one touchdown and one interception
for the Broncos (3-7), who failed to build on last week's victory over Kansas
City and have now dropped five of their last six.
Knowshon Moreno had 13 carries for 58 yards and a score while Brandon Lloyd
finished with six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown in the loss, as Denver
fell to 1-4 on the road this season.
"We don't have any crystal ball and can't predict what anybody else is going
to do," said Denver head coach Josh McDaniels. "There is still a lot of
football left to play and we can control what we do."
The Broncos were impressive on their first drive as the team moved 69 yards in
just six plays, and Moreno took it into the end zone nearly untouched up the
middle from four yards out less than three minutes in. Lloyd had consecutive
catches of 21 and 18 yards to help set up the score.
After each team punted, San Diego lined up for another punt, but went for the
fake and Mike Scifres tossed it up the middle for Tolbert, who took it 28
yards to the Denver 31. Several plays later, Rivers hit Malcom Floyd in the
back of the end zone on a six-yard score to tie the game with 2:14 left in the
Nate Kaeding missed a 52-yard field goal early in the second, but Denver was
unable to take advantage of the short field and San Diego got the ball back at
its own 13.
On the second play, a 16-yard catch by Crayton and a face mask call on Denver
pushed the ball near midfield. Crayton then had a 49-yard catch to set up a
1st-and-goal at the six. Three plays later, Tolbert took it in from a yard out
for a 14-7 lead.
Rivers was picked off deep in Denver territory on San Diego's next touch, but
the hosts forced another punt. On the second play of the ensuing drive,
Crayton took a quick screen pass out to the left and followed his blockers
into the end zone on a 40-yard score for a 21-7 lead with 2:05 left in the
San Diego continued to pour it on in the second half as the team started the
third with the ball and scored less than 2 1/2 minutes in when Rivers hit
Sproles over the middle and he took it into the end zone around the right side
on a 57-yard score.
Denver punted on its next two possessions, managing just one first down, and
San Diego started its fifth scoring drive at its own 47 with under six minutes
to play in the third.
The Chargers ate up the rest of the third and scored on the second play of the
fourth as Rivers found Jacob Hester from three yards out for a 35-7 lead to
finish the 11-play drive.
Denver got a score with 8:48 to play when Lloyd made a nice leaping catch in
the back of the end zone on a 13-yard score to make it a 35-14 game.
The Chargers play at Indianapolis next Sunday...The Broncos welcome St. Louis
to Denver next Sunday...The Chargers have won seven of the past nine against
the Broncos...Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and linebacker D.J.
Williams left the game. Williams' injury was termed a concussion while it was
unknown what Thomas' injury was...San Diego outgained Denver, 400-235, and
controlled the ball for over 34 minutes...San Diego tight end Antonio Gates
missed his second straight game with a toe injury.
11/23 01:24:11 ET