Drew Lock began the second half with a poor throw behind Jerry Jeudy, then on second down threw it out of bounds out of reach of Tim Patrick’s outstretched hands. Then on third and 10, Lock broke some ankles to get wide open at the stick for the first down to keep the drive alive.
If Jeudy's able to run after the catch the Broncos are cooking. pic.twitter.com/Rse0uuwBym— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 27, 2020
A quick toss to Melvin Gordon gained three on first down, then Lock found Diontae Spencer in the flat who turned it upfield for another first down. After an intention grounding penalty on Lock, he found Noah Fant for a 10 yard gain to end the drive.
The Broncos defense forced a quick three and out to give the offense another chance to get back into the game.
Drew Lock started to get hot on the next drive with back to back bullets to DaeSean Hamilton. The first went for 17 yards and the second for seven to get Denver inside the Chargers 30 yard line.
Royce Freeman picked up 10 yards on the next carry, then Melvin Gordon picked up six to get Denver down to the 11 yard line. On second down and four, Lock rolled out to his right and was run out of bounds for no gain. He then looked for Jerry Jeudy floating a pass to the back of the end zone that bounced of Jeudy’s hands.
Lock finds Jeudy to no avail and the Broncos have to kick. pic.twitter.com/fGTc1YdGlK— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) December 27, 2020
Brandon McManus makes this field goal to get Denver on the board.
Chargers 13, Broncos 3.
The Broncos defense continued to step it up. Justin Simmons set things up with a nine yard tackle for a loss that would keep the Chargers from getting into an easy field goal range. They decided to go for it and Justin Hebert on fourth and eight escape from pressure and ran for the first down.
One play later they would have a first and goal opportunity. The quarter would end with a third and goal at the one.