The San Diego Chargers stun the Denver Broncos 27-20 and hand Peyton Manning his first home loss of the season.
Time of possession was the key for the Chargers to win the game and they dominated in that category. They held the ball 38:49 minutes versus the Broncos’ 21:11. Manning on the sideline can’t hurt you. Most of the time came in the second quarter where the Chargers didn’t allow a first down.
Also helping the time of possession was running back Ryan Mathews and his fifth 100-yard game this season, which earns him his own paragraph. Mathews’ fifth 100-yard game ties his with LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson for most in the league. He finished the night with 29 carries, 128 yards and a touchdown.
Keenan Allen continues his campaign for NFL Rookie of the Year. With his two touchdowns today, that gives the rookie out of California his fourth touchdown in two games. He has seven on the season.
The Broncos were on the march late in the fourth quarter with one score down. However a hit from defensive lineman Corey Liuget caused a high pass from Manning which was picked off by linebacker Thomas Keiser. The Chargers converted the turnover into a field goal which effectively put the game out of reach for Denver. There would be no fourth quarter collapse again for the Chargers.
Now the Chargers need the Ravens and Dolphins to lose this week and force a three-way tie for the sixth seed in the playoffs. The Broncos, with their loss, need the Patriots and Chiefs to lose to keep their first seed.