Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers picked up right where they left off in the first half, quickly driving out past midfield on their first possession of the second half. The passing and running lanes were wide open on this drive.
The Broncos defense was gashed by the run game as the Chargers marched down the field behind six rushes to one pass, but then from 24-yards out Herbert went over the top to Mike Williams who made a one-handed grab over A.J. Bouye to blow the game wide open.
Chargers 21, Broncos 3.
Drew Lock opened up the half still in as the starting quarterback. He promptly took a sack on first down to put Denver in a poor down and distance situation. A holding call on Demar Dotson on second down was declined because Lock threw it incomplete. Lock was hit again for another three and out for the Broncos offense.
*Long Overdue Evergreen Tweet*#Broncos go three and out.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) November 1, 2020
The Chargers gashed the Broncos defense on the ground again, but three straight pass attempts went incomplete for Herbert to force a Chargers field goal.
Chargers 24, Broncos 3.
The Broncos offense opened up with a two yard run from Phillip Lindsay, then Drew Lock was nearly intercepted chucking a ball deep on second down. On third down, Lock found DaeSean Hamilton for a rare first down for Denver in this game.
Two plays later, Phillip Lindsay takes an inside handoff and breaks through the secondary for a 55-yard touchdown run to finally put the Broncos on the touchdown board.
When in doubt, lean on Phillip Lindsay. pic.twitter.com/IKlVgfm8V3— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) November 1, 2020
Chargers 24, Broncos 10.
After streaking out to the 48-yard line aided by a ticky tack roughing the passer call on Bradley Chubb, the Chargers offense sputtered and were forced to punt it back to the Broncos.
Whatever momentum Lindsay and the Broncos defense gave the team, Drew Lock buried six feet under with an ugly interception on a terrible decision to throw into double coverage.
Drew Lock throws it right to the Chargers. pic.twitter.com/uhyQHeRVCH— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) November 1, 2020
Bryce Callahan would bring the Broncos chances back from certain death with an interception of his own just three plays later hauling in the pick in the end zone.
Bryce Callahan with a heroic interception. pic.twitter.com/IaFR8MebcP— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) November 1, 2020
As the third quarter wound down, the Broncos offense sputtered mightily two back breaking penalties after getting a first down on their first play. The quarter would end with the Broncos backed up big after Garett Bolles committed a third penalty in the game - a false start penalty.