October 16th, 2012
12:23 AM ET

Broncos beat Chargers on huge comeback

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos overcame a 24-point halftime deficit and beat the San Diego Chargers 35-24 Monday night, one of the biggest comebacks in NFL history.

After looking anemic in the first half, Denver's offense - with Manning in his first year as the team's quarterback - got going in the second half. Manning threw three touchdown passes in the half, and the Broncos defense intercepted Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers four times. Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns.

"We have been here before," said Manning, who completed 24 of 30 passes for 309 yards. "We know we have the ability to score quickly."

And that's just what Denver did. The Broncos opened the second half with an eight-play drive that went 85 yards for a touchdown.

The Chargers turned the ball over on their next possession for another Broncos touchdown. San Diego had six possessions in the second half and turned the ball over on five of them.

The victory leaves Denver and San Diego atop the AFC West, both at 3-3.

Only four teams have come back from larger deficits, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The largest of those was in a 1993 playoff game, when the Buffalo Bills trailed by 32 points against the Houston Oilers before coming back to win.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Rascal Rabble

    mmmm...as long as "come back" games aren't fixed...

    October 16, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred the fix-it man

      Come back games fixed? How can you say that? Just because one team suddenly fell apart, got a couple of perfectly timed penalties? Remember the Jets/Dolphins MNF debacle? More defensive pass interference flags when were thrown in the 2nd half against Miami than in the rest of the season. The NFL's product is just an avenue for advertising $$$. Can't charge big money when the ratings are low, like at 11pm during a blowout, so...... Gotta keep the fans "interested". Never know what you might miss..... Like honesty????

      October 16, 2012 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    I'd say credit the Bronco's defense and a Phil Rivers breakdown. Glad Peyton stepped it up, but don't give him the game ball. The Chargers scored on the one drive in the 2nd half that didn't result in a turnover; seems pretty obvious that without all the turnovers and defensive scoring production Peyton's efforts still would have fallen short.

    October 16, 2012 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler Horn

      JIm the Chargers never scored once in the second half. Hard to claim anything when your facts are not straight.

      October 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
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