Broncos storm back from 24-point deficit to beat Chargers

Denver 35, San Diego 24
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning (center) calls a play at the line Monday night. Manning threw three touchdown passes in the second half to spark the comeback.



SAN DIEGO — Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes in the second half and Tony Carter and Chris Harris scored off turnovers by Philip Rivers as the Denver Broncos overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit to stun the San Diego Chargers 35-24 on Monday night.

The 24-point rally tied for the fourth largest comeback in NFL history.

Manning was 13 of 14 for 167 yards in the second half for the Broncos (3-3) who tied the Chargers atop the AFC West.

Rivers was intercepted four times – three in the fourth quarter – and lost two fumbles.

Manning’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley gave Denver its first lead of the game, 28-24 with 9:03 left. Stokley outleaped defensive back Marcus Gilchrist to catch the ball, and then got both feet down before tumbling out of the end zone.

Manning also had second-half touchdown passes to former Georgia Tech star Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, who led the Broncos with six catches for 98 yards.

Harris sealed the victory with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:05 left. It was his second pick of the night.

Manning finished 24 of 30 for 309 yards with one interception.

Rivers was 25 of 41 for 242 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers, who dropped to 3-3.


Phil Mickelson missed the big money targets on his 100-yard shot at halftime, but still raised $50,000 for First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books for needy children.

Had he hit one of the big rings in the “KPMG Chip4Charity” promotion, Mickelson could have raised up to $1 million.

The $50,000 will buy 20,000 books.

– Associated Press