Denver 35, San Diego 24

Date - 8:30 PM EST, Monday, October 15, 2012
Location - Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Temperature - 78°
Head Official - Jeff Triplette
Attendance - 68604

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Denver 0 0 14 21 35
San Diego 10 14 0 0 24

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Denver 3-3 2-1 1-2 W1
San Diego 3-3 1-2 2-1 L2

Recap


Broncos 35, Chargers 24: Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes and completed his first 13 throws of the second half as visiting Denver erased a 24-0 halftime deficit and engineered the fourth-greatest regular-season comeback in NFL history.

Manning, who was 24-of-30 for 309 yards - including 13-of-14 after intermission - connected with Brandon Stokley for a 21-yard touchdown to put the Broncos ahead 28-24 with 9:03 remaining. Denver (3-3) sealed it when Chris Harris returned Philip Rivers' career-high fourth interception 46 yards for a touchdown with 2:05 left.

Rivers and Antonio Gates, the most prolific quarterback-tight end combination in NFL history with 51 touchdowns, teamed for an 11-yard score in the first quarter and their 15-yard TD with 24 seconds left in the second gave San Diego (3-3) a 24-0 halftime lead. Rivers was 25-of-41 for 242 yards. Gates caught six passes for 81 yards.

The Broncos began their comeback when Manning hit Demaryius Thomas with a 29-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive of the third quarter. Manning's second touchdown throw - a 7-yarder to Eric Decker with 13:33 left - made it 24-21.

San Diego committed five of its six turnovers in the second half, including a Rivers' fumble which was scooped up by Tony Carter and returned 65 yards for a touchdown to make it 24-14. Denver muffed a punt and fumbled a kickoff in the first half, leading to 10 points, and Quentin Jammer returned Manning's interception 80 yards for a score in the second quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Denver CB Champ Bailey played his 200th game. ... Gates passed Ozzie Newsome and moved into fourth all-time among TEs with 8,007 yards. ... The Chargers had six possessions in the second half, resulting in five turnovers and a punt.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Denver   San Diego
Willis McGahee Player Ryan Mathews
17 Attempts 22
56 Yards 74
3.3 Avg Yards 3.4
0 Touchdowns 0
9 Long 13
Receiving
Denver   San Diego
Eric Decker Player Antonio Gates
6 Receptions 6
98 Yards 81
16.3 Avg Yards 13.5
1 Touchdowns 2
55 Long 23

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Denver 365 56 309 5 0 4 4.0 3
San Diego 307 90 217 3 1 1 0.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • San Diego will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Chargers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game at home against New Orleans. The Broncos have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.