The Denver Broncos were sitting at 2-3 when they rallied to be the San Diego Chargers on the road on Monday Night Football just five weeks earlier and were 6-3 when they hosted them in another classic between the two rivals.
This game had plenty of offense from Peyton Manning, but it was Von Miller who stole the show with three sacks on Philip Rivers and two forced fumbles.
Yet all three sacks led to game changing momentum-type plays. The first came late in the second quarter when Rivers faced a third and four from midfield. Miller inexplicably came off the edge unblocked for the easy sack and fourteen yard loss for San Diego.
On fourth down, the Broncos special teams unit capitalized with a blocked punt. And then Peyton Manning needed one play to connect with a wide open Brandon Stokley to break the game open with a 17-7 halftime lead.
Miller continued to dominate the Chargers offensive line in the third quarter with two more big sacks. The first came early in the third quarter as Von made sure it would be a quick three and out sacking Rivers and forcing a fumble that was recovered by the running back.
Undeterred, Von Miller had his eyes on that last fumble when midway through the third, he exploded into the pocket for the strip sack on Rivers. Wesley Woodyard recovered at the Chargers 25-yard line to set the Broncos up with another scoring opportunity.
With Peyton Manning, that would mean three plays and a touchdown to Eric Decker to put Denver up 24-9. Both the offense and defense would slide it into cruise control for the 30-23 win.