Denver Broncos 39 - San Diego Chargers 38 - Post Game Notes

Brandon Marshall

* - Broncos WR Brandon Marshall finished with a franchise-record 18 receptions for 166 yards (9.2 avg., 1 TD). His 18 catches tied for the second most in NFL history. The previous Broncos record was 14 by WR Rod Smith (at Arizona, 9/23/01).

Most Receptions in NFL Single Game

No.

Player

Game

Date

20

Terrell Owens

San Francisco vs. Chicago

12/17/2000

18

Brandon Marshall

Denver vs. San Diego

9/14/2008

18

Tom Fears

Los Angeles vs. Green Bay

12/3/1950

17

Clark Gaines

N.Y. Jets vs. San Francisco

9/21/1980

 

* - Marshall's 166 receiving yards mark the fifth 100-yard game of his career.

 


Jay Cutler

* - Broncos QB Jay Cutler finished the game completing 36-of-50 passes for 350 yards and four touchdowns. His 36 completions tie for the most in Broncos history and are the most in the NFL since QB Carson Palmer of the Cincinnati Bengals had 37 against Arizona on 11/13/07.

* - His 350 passing yards are tied for ninth most in Broncos history and also marks his third 300-yard passing game (third most in Broncos history).

* - His four touchdown passes ties a career high (4 vs. K.C., 12/9/07).                


Cutler at Home

* - With his second quarter touchdown pass, Broncos QB Jay Cutler has thrown a scoring pass in 11 of his 12 career starts at INVESCO Field at Mile High. His three touchdown passes in the first half are the most he has thrown in a half in his career.  He finished the first half completing 22-of-30 passes for 236 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions (129.3 rtg.). Cutler's 236 passing yards in the first half were the most by a Bronco in a half since Jake Plummer totaled 304 yards in the second half vs. Atlanta (10/31/04).

 

 


Home Openers

* - With the win, the Broncos improve to 22-3 in home openers since 1984 for a .880 winning percentage that is best in the NFL. Denver has yet to lose a home opener at INVESCO Field at Mile High (8-0). The win was the Broncos' ninth consecutive win in home openers.

Series Stuff

* - With the win, the Broncos snapped a four-game losing streak to the Chargers. They are now 53-43-1 all-time against the Chargers. In addition, Head Coach Mike Shanahan earned his 20th win against the club (20-10).

Home Openers

* - With the win, the Broncos improve to 22-3 in home openers since 1984 for a .880 winning percentage that is best in the NFL. Denver has yet to lose a home opener at INVESCO Field at Mile High (8-0). The win was the Broncos' ninth consecutive win in home openers.


First Half offense

* - The Broncos totaled 329 total yards on 43 plays in the first half for an impressive 7.7 yards per play average. Denver's 329 total yards were its highest total in a half since the club posted 364 yards in the first half vs. Cleveland (10/15/00). The Broncos also were 4-of-4 in the red zone (7-of-8 for the year).


First Half scoring

* - Denver's 31 points in the first half tied for the 10th most in team history for a half and were the most in a half since the Broncos scored 34 points in the first half vs. Atlanta (9/10/00). The Broncos' 24 points in the second quarter are the third most in team history for a quarter.


 First downs

* - Denver's 34 first downs tie for the most in franchise history. The Broncos had 34 first downs on two other occasions, most recently vs. San Diego, 11/19/00.


Champ Bailey Interception

* - The Broncos' first interception of the season came in the first quarter by way of CB Champ Bailey who recorded his 25th interception since joining the Broncos in 2004, most in NFL during that span. The interception was the 43rd of his career, second-most in the league (51, Darren Sharper, Min./G.B.) since he came into the NFL in 1999.


Pittman Touchdown

* - Broncos RB Michael Pittman scored his third rushing touchdown of the season (1 yd.) in the first quarter to put Denver ahead 7-0. His three rushing touchdowns are the most he has had in a season since 2004 when he scored seven rushing touchdowns for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Combined with his two rushing touchdowns at Oakland (9/8/08), this marks the first time Pittman has had back-to-back games with rushing touchdowns since 2004 with Tampa Bay (1 vs. Chicago, 10/24/04; 3 vs. Kansas City, 11/7/04).


Boss Bailey Debut

* - LB Boss Bailey made his Broncos debut after missing Denver's regular season opener at Oakland (9/8/08).


Scoring Streak Extended

* - With Pittman's touchdown in the first quarter, the Broncos extended their scoring streak to 247 games, the longest active streak in the NFL and the fourth-longest streak in league history. Denver has scored in the first quarter 163 times during the streak.


Scheffler Scores

* - Broncos TE Tony Scheffler scored his first two touchdowns of the season (3 and 14 yds.) in the first half, his 10th and 11th touchdown receptions of his career. Jay Cutler has thrown all 11 touchdown passes to Scheffler, the most to any receiver in his career (WR Brandon Marshall is next at nine). This marks the second time in his career Scheffler has scored two touchdowns in a game (at San Diego, 12/10/06). Scheffler finished the game with six catches for 64 yards and two scores. 

Prater goes (for) the distance


* - Broncos K Matt Prater kicked a career-long 52-yard field goal in the second quarter. Prater is now 3-of-3 on field goals this season (26, 43 and 52 yds.).


Tribute to No. 80

* - The Broncos introduced 12 players in the starting offensive lineup, the 12th being WR Rod Smith, a three-time Pro Bowler and the honorary captain for Denver today. The all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards among undrafted wide receivers, Smith officially retired on July 24.


Going For Two

* - After converting on the game winning two-point conversion with :24 seconds left on the clock, the Broncos improved to 16-of-29 (.552) on two-point conversions in the Mike Shanahan era (1995-current).

 

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