Chargers
Broncos
38 - 39 Final
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Broncos stun Chargers on gutsy late call

Sep 15, 2008 - 2:09 AM By Tony Desiere PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

DENVER (Ticker) -- After watching a game in which the teams combined for nearly 1,000 yards of offense, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan wanted no part of overtime.

Jay Cutler completed a two-point conversion pass to Eddie Royal with 24 seconds remaining to complete the Broncos' comeback.

Denver (2-0) became only the third team to win on a game on a two-point conversion in the final minute while San Diego (0-2) suffered a second straight heart-breaking loss.

"You just got a gut sometimes," Shanahan said. "I didn't want them to catch us on the coin flip. I wanted to do it then, and obviously it worked out."

The gamble came after the Broncos benefited from a favorable ruling that left the Chargers shaking their heads.

Three plays earlier, Cutler fumbled when the ball slipped out of his hands and was recovered by San Diego at the 10-yard line. But the officials ruled the play dead after an inadvertent whistle and gave the ball back to Denver.

On fourth down, Cutler tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Royal to bring the Broncos within 38-37.

"It was clearly a fumble," said San Diego coach Norv Turner, whose team suffered a 26-24 loss to Carolina last week when Jake Delhomme tossed a 14-yard TD pass on the final play of the game.

"Ed (Hochuli), the official, came over to me and said he blew the whistle, and that is not acceptable to me. This is a high-level performance sport and it is not acceptable to have the refs decide it on that play."

Hochuli said the ruling on the field was an incomplete pass and that the replays rules in that instance do not allow the referees to award the ball to the other team.

"All we can do to fix it is put the ball at the spot that it hit the ground, which is why we moved it back to the 10-yard line and the down counts and it becomes third down," he said

Brandon Marshall set a Broncos' franchise record with 18 pass receptions , but he almost was overshadowed by San Diego's Darren Sproles, who scored two long touchdowns.

Last season, the Chargers swept the Broncos by a combined score of 64-6. In a 23-3 loss at San Diego in December, the Broncos were taunted by San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers. Sunday was payback.

"All of my goals are to break all the records," Marshall said. "I'm out here to play to win, and for me it was personal in this game because it was the San Diego Chargers."

Sproles tied a franchise record with a 103-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and caught a 66-yard touchdown pass from Rivers with 4:36 remaining in the contest to give San Diego (0-2) a 38-31

"Offensively, we put up 38 points," said Rivers. "Our goal as an offense is to score one more point than the other team and this was the second straight week that we didn't do it. If they score 39, we need to score 40. We had our chances and didn't do it."

Cutler was 36-for-50 for 350 yards and four touchdowns, with tight end Tony Scheffler catching two scoring passes for Denver.

"The coaches got us into the right position and we made the adjustments to get into position," Scheffler said. "This meant a lot because it was the first win over San Diego for the 2006 draft class."

Rivers finished 21-of-33 for 377 yards with three touchdowns, including two to Chris Chambers.

LaDainian Tomlinson, who was limited in practice all week with a toe injury, carried the ball 10 times for only 26 yards. Sproles picked up the slack with 53 yards on the ground and 72 yards receiving.

"It was tough," Tomlinson said. "It was something I had to fight though. Having Darren there was huge, both offense and special teams. He did a great job for us."

The game was an offensive display for both teams. Denver finished the game with 486 yards and the Chargers 456.

After an early punt, the Broncos scored four touchdowns and a field goal on their next five possessions to open a 31-17 halftime lead. They led, 21-3, early in the second quarter.






  • DialH The season is lost for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Time to give up hope.

    Chargers 38, Broncos 39  FinalSep 14 8:24 PM
  • jllanclos Can't wait to see the highlights! Thanks RUWTbot!

    Chargers 38, Broncos 39  FinalSep 14 7:45 PM
  • mark great freakin game. shanahan went for two (and the win) with less than a minute on the clock. seriously ballsy call.

    Chargers 38, Broncos 39  FinalSep 14 7:41 PM
  • jllanclos What happened?

    Chargers 38, Broncos 39  FinalSep 14 7:39 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SAN DIEGO 3 14 10 11 38
    DENVER 7 24 0 8 39 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - TD, MICHAEL PITTMAN 1 YD RUN (MATT
    PRATER KICK), 6:19. Drive: 5 plays,
    29 yards in 2:39. Key plays: Bailey
    interception to San Diego 29; Hall
    10-yard run to San Diego 2. DENVER
    7-0
    SDG

    Sep 14 7:38 PM
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    Chargers 38, Broncos 39  4th - 0:20Sep 14 7:36 PM
  • jllanclos What happened?

    Chargers 38, Broncos 39  4th - 0:20Sep 14 7:36 PM
  • mark nuts!

    Chargers 38, Broncos 39  4th - 0:20Sep 14 7:35 PM
  • DialH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!TD Broncos

    Chargers 38, Broncos 31  4th - 1:14Sep 14 7:33 PM


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    SAN DIEGO 38
    DENVER 39 0:20 LEFT, 4TH QTR
    SDG BALL ON SDG 16 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Chargers 38, Broncos 39  4th - 0:20Sep 14 7:33 PM
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    Chargers 38, Broncos 39  4th - 0:20Sep 14 7:33 PM
  • alamowx Wow, it worked for them.

    Chargers 38, Broncos 31  4th - 1:14Sep 14 7:32 PM
  • mark no! don't go for two!

    Chargers 38, Broncos 31  4th - 1:14Sep 14 7:31 PM
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    Chargers 38, Broncos 31  4th - 1:14Sep 14 7:30 PM
  • mark Incomplete? That was a fumble! Major FAIL by Cutler.

    Chargers 38, Broncos 31  4th - 2:00Sep 14 7:25 PM
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    Chargers 38, Broncos 31  4th - 2:20Sep 14 7:19 PM
  • DialH YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chargers 38, Broncos 31  4th - 4:22Sep 14 7:11 PM



  • TD SDG DARREN SPROLES 66 YD RUN (PHILIP RIVERS PASS TO LEGEDU NAANEE FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)







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  • TD SDG DARREN SPROLES 66 YD RUN (PHILIP RIVERS PASS TO LEGEDU NAANEE FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)







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    TD SDG
    DARREN SPROLES 66 YD RUN
    (PHILIP RIVERS PASS TO LEGEDU NAANEE FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)
    SAN DIEGO 38
    DENVER 31 4:22 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Chargers 38, Broncos 31  4th - 4:22Sep 14 7:10 PM
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  • FG SDG NATE KAEDING 28 YD





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    FG SDG
    NATE KAEDING 28 YD
    SAN DIEGO 30
    DENVER 31 14:08 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Chargers 30, Broncos 31  4th - 14:08Sep 14 6:50 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SAN DIEGO 3 14 10 27
    DENVER 7 24 0 31 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - TD, MICHAEL PITTMAN 1 YD RUN (MATT
    PRATER KICK), 6:19. Drive: 5 plays,
    29 yards in 2:39. Key plays: Bailey
    interception to San Diego 29; Hall
    10-yard run to San Diego 2. DENVER
    7

    Sep 14 6:45 PM



  • FG SDG NATE KAEDING 21 YD





    Chargers 27, Broncos 31  3rd - 7:32Sep 14 6:31 PM


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    FG SDG
    NATE KAEDING 21 YD
    SAN DIEGO 27
    DENVER 31 7:32 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Chargers 27, Broncos 31  3rd - 7:32Sep 14 6:31 PM



  • TD SDG CHRIS CHAMBERS 15 YD PASS FROM PHILIP RIVERS (NATE KAEDING KICK)







    Chargers 24, Broncos 31  3rd - 10:44Sep 14 6:19 PM



  • TD SDG CHRIS CHAMBERS 15 YD PASS FROM PHILIP RIVERS (NATE KAEDING KICK)







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    Chargers 24, Broncos 31  3rd - 10:44Sep 14 6:19 PM


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    TD SDG
    CHRIS CHAMBERS 15 YD PASS FROM PHILIP RIVERS
    (NATE KAEDING KICK)
    SAN DIEGO 24
    DENVER 31 10:44 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Chargers 24, Broncos 31  3rd - 10:44Sep 14 6:18 PM
  • DialH Final score is 94 DEN 17 SD.

    Chargers 17, Broncos 31  HalfSep 14 6:06 PM
  • alacy52 Now would be a good time for Cromartie to shut up. Marshall owns him.

    Chargers 17, Broncos 31  HalfSep 14 5:59 PM


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    SAN DIEGO 17
    DENVER 31 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    SDG BALL ON SDG 45 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Sep 14 5:54 PM
  • DialH ...because of the TD

    Chargers 17, Broncos 31  2nd - 0:02Sep 14 5:53 PM


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    TD DEN
    BRANDON MARSHALL 6 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    SAN DIEGO 17
    DENVER 31 0:02 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Chargers 17, Broncos 31  2nd - 0:02Sep 14 5:53 PM
  • DialH The SS Charger is sinking faster than lead bricks can ever sink

    Chargers 17, Broncos 24  2nd - 0:13Sep 14 5:52 PM
  • DialH Broncos Worryingly close to the end zone

    Chargers 17, Broncos 24  2nd - 1:46Sep 14 5:49 PM
  • DialH Anyone willing to take on Merriman's injury, if you had the power:-)

    Chargers 17, Broncos 24  2nd - 2:25Sep 14 5:40 PM



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    TD SDG
    CHRIS CHAMBERS 48 YD PASS FROM PHILIP RIVERS
    (NATE KAEDING KICK)
    SAN DIEGO 17
    DENVER 24 2:25 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Chargers 17, Broncos 24  2nd - 2:25Sep 14 5:37 PM
  • DialH Bad, but not that bad, just a FG

    Chargers 10, Broncos 24  2nd - 5:53Sep 14 5:31 PM



  • FG DEN MATT PRATER 52 YD





    Chargers 10, Broncos 24  2nd - 5:53Sep 14 5:30 PM


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    FG DEN
    MATT PRATER 52 YD
    SAN DIEGO 10
    DENVER 24 5:53 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Chargers 10, Broncos 24  2nd - 5:53Sep 14 5:30 PM
  • DialH This is the beginning of a TD Drive by the Broncos

    Chargers 10, Broncos 21  2nd - 7:13Sep 14 5:27 PM
  • DialH Not this run!!

    Chargers 10, Broncos 21  2nd - 10:28Sep 14 5:25 PM



  • TD SDG DARREN SPROLES 103 YD KICKOFF RETURN (NATE KAEDING KICK)






    Chargers 10, Broncos 21  2nd - 10:28Sep 14 5:19 PM



  • TD SDG DARREN SPROLES 103 YD KICKOFF RETURN (NATE KAEDING KICK)






    Chargers 10, Broncos 21  2nd - 10:28Sep 14 5:19 PM


  • NFL
    TD SDG
    DARREN SPROLES 103 YD KICKOFF RETURN
    (NATE KAEDING KICK)
    SAN DIEGO 10
    DENVER 21 10:28 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Chargers 10, Broncos 21  2nd - 10:28Sep 14 5:18 PM
  • DialH The season is lost forever and ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chargers 3, Broncos 21  2nd - 10:42Sep 14 5:17 PM



  • TD DEN TONY SCHEFFLER 14 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER (MATT PRATER KICK)







    Chargers 3, Broncos 21  2nd - 10:42Sep 14 5:15 PM



  • TD DEN TONY SCHEFFLER 14 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER (MATT PRATER KICK)







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  • TD DEN TONY SCHEFFLER 14 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER (MATT PRATER KICK)







    Chargers 3, Broncos 21  2nd - 10:42Sep 14 5:15 PM


  • NFL
    TD DEN
    TONY SCHEFFLER 14 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    SAN DIEGO 3
    DENVER 21 10:42 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Chargers 3, Broncos 21  2nd - 10:42Sep 14 5:14 PM
  • DialH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chargers 3, Broncos 14  2nd - 13:43Sep 14 5:07 PM



  • TD DEN TONY SCHEFFLER 3 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER (MATT PRATER KICK)







    Chargers 3, Broncos 14  2nd - 13:48Sep 14 5:04 PM



  • TD DEN TONY SCHEFFLER 3 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER (MATT PRATER KICK)







    Chargers 3, Broncos 14  2nd - 13:48Sep 14 5:04 PM



  • TD DEN TONY SCHEFFLER 3 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER (MATT PRATER KICK)







    Chargers 3, Broncos 14  2nd - 13:48Sep 14 5:04 PM


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    TD DEN
    TONY SCHEFFLER 3 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    SAN DIEGO 3
    DENVER 14 13:48 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Chargers 3, Broncos 14  2nd - 13:48Sep 14 5:04 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SAN DIEGO 3 3
    DENVER 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - TD, MICHAEL PITTMAN 1 YD RUN (MATT
    PRATER KICK), 6:19. Drive: 5 plays,
    29 yards in 2:39. Key plays: Bailey
    interception to San Diego 29; Hall
    10-yard run to San Diego 2. DENVER
    7

    Sep 14 4:58 PM


  • NFL
    FG SDG
    NATE KAEDING 34 YD
    SAN DIEGO 3
    DENVER 7 3:47 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Chargers 3, Broncos 7  1st - 3:47Sep 14 4:48 PM



  • TD DEN MICHAEL PITTMAN 1 YD RUN (MATT PRATER KICK)






    Chargers 0, Broncos 7  1st - 8:41Sep 14 4:36 PM



  • TD DEN MICHAEL PITTMAN 1 YD RUN (MATT PRATER KICK)






    Chargers 0, Broncos 7  1st - 8:41Sep 14 4:36 PM


  • NFL
    TD DEN
    MICHAEL PITTMAN 1 YD RUN
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    SAN DIEGO 0
    DENVER 7 8:41 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Chargers 0, Broncos 7  1st - 8:41Sep 14 4:36 PM
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