Monday Night Football: Peyton Manning Rallies Broncos Over Chargers, 35-24
Peyton Manning threw three second-half touchdown passes as the Denver Broncos rallied from a 24-point halftime deficit to beat the San Diego Chargers, 35-24, in San Diego on Monday night.
After San Diego (3-3) dominated the first half, Manning quickly led the Broncos back, throwing a 29-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first drive of the second half. Cornerback Tony Carter added a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter for Denver (3-3).
Manning led consecutive scoring drives in the fourth quarter, the second of which culminated with a 21-yard touchdown courtesy of a tremendous catch by Brandon Stokley that gave Denver its first lead of the game, 28-24, with 9:03 to play. Chris Harris added a 46-yard interception return for a score with just over 2 minutes left that sealed the victory for the Broncos.
Manning was 24 of 30 for 309 yards with one interception and the three touchdowns. Eric Decker caught six passes for 98 yards and a score for Denver. Antonio Gates had six receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 242 yards and two scores, but he was intercepted four times and lost two fumbles.