It was a tale of two halves when the Denver Broncos traveled to Qualcomm Stadium to face the San Diego Chargers on Monday night.
In the first half, the Chargers took advantage of some costly Broncos miscues and the resurgence of tight end Antonio Gates to jump out to a 24-0 halftime lead. For all intents and purposes the game looked done.
In the second half, the Broncos flipped the script. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning went 13-14 for 167 yards and three touchdowns in the second half as the Broncos went on a 35-0 run to win the game 35-24. The Broncos became the first team in NFL history to win by double digits after trailing by at least 24 points.
For the game, Manning was 24-30 for 309 yards and three touchdowns. Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers went 25-41 for 241 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Rivers had six turnovers overall thanks to the addition of two fumbles. Gates had six catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns, but was barely targeted in the second half.
This is the type of result that changes seasons. It will not be easy for the Chargers to bounce back from this debacle. As for the Broncos, they have to be feeling great as their team continues to improve week by week. Both teams are now tied for first in the AFC West at 3-3, but there are certainly two different vibes emanating from each squad.