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Chargers at Broncos: Third quarter recap

No one scored in the third quarter as the Denver Broncos cling to a 17-10 lead over the Los Angeles Chargers as they head into the final quarter of play.

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The Los Angeles Chargers picked up right where they left off in the first half, quickly driving across midfield on their opening second half drive. The first big third down was converted by Keenan Allen who made a leaping catch over Chris Harris Jr. for the first down to the Denver Broncos 31-yard line.

From there, the Broncos defense woke up a bit. Shelby Harris stuffed a run by Melvin Gordon, then Derek Wolfe came up with a big time third down sack on Philip Rivers for a nine yard sack knocking them out of field goal range.

The Broncos quickly went three and out largely due to Noah Fant being unable to track a good throw from Drew Lock deep down the sideline. Colby Wadman shanked another punt - his second in this game - but the Chargers were called for a roughing the kicker call to give Denver a fresh set of downs.

It didn’t matter as Denver would run three straight times for another punt.

With poor field position, it looked like the Chargers would find a way to get a scoring drive together. However, a key holding call on Russell Okung negated a third down conversion and ended their late third quarter drive.

From their own 14-yard line, Lock opened things up with a bootleg and quick pass across his body to Phillip Lindsay who was crushed for a five yard loss on first down. A similar play went to Royce Freeman on second down who gain those yards back to setup a third and long. Drew Lock dumped it off underneath back to Freeman on third down for two yards and another Colby Wadman punt to end the third quarter.