In what might have been the most amazing comeback that I've ever seen in my time as a Broncos fan, the Broncos came back from a 24-0 halftime deficit to defeat the San Diego Chargers 35-24. In scoring 35 unanswered points and forcing Philip Rivers into six total turnovers – including five in the second half alone – what does this victory mean for the Broncos?
Let's think back to Monday night with the Broncos trailing 24-0. Denver stood at 2-3, a game behind the division-leading San Diego Chargers, who entered the game at 3-2. The game was being played at Qualcomm Stadium, where the Chargers had been undefeated thus far in the young season. The Broncos had committed two silly first half turnovers on specials teams and three turnovers overall, when Manning threw an interception to Quentin Jammer on a miscommunication with receiver Matthew Willis. Peyton Manning and the offense were slow to move the ball down the field again for yet another week.
And then, as soon as the second half began, it happened – the Broncos actually did the unthinkable – they came back. They dominated the Chargers as well as a team possibly can dominate another team in one half. 35 unanswered points. Three interceptions by Rivers in the second half, including two fumbles caused by Elvis Dumervil.
Words cannot describe how amazing this victory is. I can repeat all of the major plays of the game. I can talk about how little known corner back Tony Carter made two huge plays, one in scooping up a fumble and returning it for a touchdown and another in picking off River's pass in the fourth quarter with the Broncos up 28-24. I can talk about how this was the largest road comeback in NFL history. I can talk about how the Broncos won a do-or-die game by erasing a 24 point deficit in their biggest division rival's own home.
Words won't do it justice. All I can say is this.
The Broncos saved their season with Monday night's victory over the Chargers.
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