After two runs, Phillip Rivers on third down four would be intercepted by Darian Stewart who would return it all the way down to the Chargers eight yard line for a first and goal opportunity.
Trevor Siemian handed off to Devontae Booker on first down who would take it down inside the five yard line. Booker would take the next handoff in for the touchdown. Denver’s defense was setting the tone in this game.
Broncos 17, Chargers 7.
On the Chargers next possession, the Broncos defense would steal another from Rivers. That time T.J. Ward would come down with it and returned the pick all the way down to the Chargers eight yard line.
Once again, the SD defense cannot catch, the Denver defense can.— Scotty Payne (@Skotty_Payne) October 30, 2016
Siemian would handoff to Booker on the next play and would lose several yards. On second and goal from the 11 yard line, Siemian would hit Booker on a swing pass who would fumble the ball at the one yard line for the Chargers to recover.
With their backs against the wall, the Chargers found their offense again. Dontrelle Inman mostly led the way with two big catches of 37 yards and 15 yards.
Just outside the Broncos 20 yard line on third and nine, Rivers hit Antonio Gates right at the first down marker with Ward wrestling him down. Another third and nine, Rivers hit Benjamin for the touchdown to cap the 98-yard drive.
The Broncos would block the extra point to keep a four-point lead.
Broncos 17, Chargers 13.
On the Broncos next drive, needing some offensive momentum, they would get things going with a third down conversion to get past that three and out stigma.
A nice, safe pass to Virgil Green took care of the next eight yards on first down to setup a hard-fought eight yard run from Booker on second down to get Denver out past midfield.
After an incompletion, Green took another short pass over the middle carrying defenders to a twelve yard gain and a first down. On the final play of the third quarter, Kapri Bibbs gained five yards.