Down 7-3 to start the third quarter, the Broncos offense will get another chance to put points on the board to open things up.
Things got on track early with a short pass underneath to Royce Freeman for a solid gain, then Case Keenum went down the seam to Tim Patrick for a big gain to midfield. Another offensive holding call on the Broncos, set them back from there.
Tim Patrick back in the game, and his reception gets the Broncos to the LA 48-yard line.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) December 30, 2018
Keenum kept things nice a short needing 20 yards for a first down. On third and 16, found Matt LaCosse underneath who tried to weave his way for a first down coming up four yards shy of the first down marker to bring out Colby Wadman for the punt.
The Broncos defense saw Jeff Holland and Shaquil Barrett ruin the Chargers next drive, but the glee didn’t last long as Tim Patrick fumbled while being gang tackled to give the Chargers the ball with great field position at the Broncos 17-yard line.
Four plays later, the Chargers would likely put up an insurmountable lead on the Broncos with a touchdown pass by Philip Rivers.
Chargers 14, Broncos 3.
Look at how empty this stadium is... Embarrassing. I’m sure companies are clamoring to put their name to this ghost town. pic.twitter.com/GyZupjZ5ya— Jess Place (@Jezru) December 30, 2018
With the third quarter winding down, Broncos Stadium at Mile High began to look a lot like an Oakland Raiders home game.
Down two scores, the Broncos offense woke up some with a few good runs by Freeman and a timely catch by Tim Patrick as they crossed midfield with a minute to go in the third quarter.
The quarter would end after a Case Keenum sack and a short throw underneath on third and 14 that had no chance of gaining a first down.
Your 2018 Denver Broncos in one sentence right there.