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Broncos make statement in dominating 24-7 win over Chargers

The Denver Broncos dominated on offense and defense on their way to a 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Chargers to move to 7-6 on the season.

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In was the most important game of the year for the Denver Broncos in terms of their playoff chances, and they came out against the Los Angeles Chargers and made a statement on offense and defense. They dominated from start to finish to move to 7-6 on the season.

The 24-7 victory was a game that was a shutout until the fourth quarter. It was never close. When Los Angeles had scored their first touchdown, the Broncos offense responded with a 13-play, 75-yard drive where they converted on four third down attempts and ended the drive with a touchdown.

First Quarter

The first quarter almost started off in disaster with a Russell Wilson interception inside the 20 yard line. However, the Chargers elected to go for it on a fourth and three and didn’t get the conversion. The Broncos were able to flip field position on their next possession which set the Chargers up deep inside their own territory.

On a third down, Baron Browning would tip a Justin Herbert pass up into the air where Jonathan Cooper would intercept it at the three-yard line.

One play later, Javonte Williams would run it in from three yards out to put the Broncos up 7-0 early. It was his first touchdown carry since the 2021 season.

Broncos 7, Chargers 0. Full first quarter recap.

Second Quarter

The second quarter was a slow start, but when Justin Herbert left the game after the Chargers second failed fourth down conversion attempt in field goal range they brought in Easton Stick. His first series was brutal and ended with looked like a clear strip-sack and then scoop-score for cornerback Ja’Quan McMillian.

However, his arm apparently moved forward so slightly that the refs decided it had to be ruled an incomplete pass, despite the fact that a pass never left his hands. I hate the rule, but I guess that’s the rule.

The Broncos should have converted that into a touchdown, but Jerry Jeudy inexplicably didn’t drag his foot and let his stride go long out of bounds to bring out the field goal unit instead. Denver would go into halftime with a 10-point lead.

Broncos 10, Chargers 0. Full second quarter recap.

Third Quarter

Denver would predictably go three-and-out, but with Justin Herbert out of the game the defense had a chance to step up the pressure. They would do exactly that midway through the third quarter stopping the Chargers on yet another fourth and short to give Denver a turnover on downs.

The Broncos took over from there with Russell Wilson launching a 46-yard strike to Courtland Sutton for a game-breaking touchdown.

With Easton Stick in the game for the Chargers, the Broncos just needed to focus on running the clock down and holding a 17-0 lead.

Broncos 17, Chargers 0. Full third quarter recap.

Fourth Quarter

The Chargers needed to rally to overcome that 17-point deficit and did get a big play deep to Quentin Johnston for a 57-yard gain and then hit him again down to the Broncos 6-yard line. That would result in the Chargers first score of the game with 10:37 left in the fourth quarter to cut the Broncos lead to 17-7.

Needing to run the clock out more than they had since taking that 17-point lead, the Broncos fed Javonte Williams on first down who burst up the middle of the field for a 20-yard gain right off the bat. They almost had to punt soon after, but Adam Trautman shrugged off a tackle and broke free to gain the first down across midfield.

Wilson would convert the next Broncos third down by taking off up the middle on third and six to get Denver into field goal range. The Broncos would convert four third downs on the drive and eat up more than enough clock to put the game away and capped the drive with one of the most beautiful play designs we have seen from Sean Payton all year long.

The Broncos defense would close the game out to send Denver to 7-6 on the season.

Broncos 24, Chargers 7.

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