Chargers, Philip Rivers Continue To Roll With Dominating Win Over Broncos, 35-14

Philip Rivers tossed four touchdowns as the surging San Diego Chargers dominated the Denver Broncos, 35-14, to move back to .500 on the season, just one game out of the AFC West lead.

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Broncos Vs. Chargers: Rivers Tosses Four Touchdowns, San Diego Cruises To 35-14 Win

Philip Rivers tossed four touchdowns as the surging San Diego Chargers dominated the Denver Broncos 35-14 thanks to Philip Rivers. Rivers only threw fifteen passes but four of them were for touchdowns. He finished 15-for-24 with 233 yards and one interception.

Mike Tolbert added 25 carries for 111 yards and a score for the Chargers (5-5), who moved back to .500 with a three-game winning streak. San Diego now sits in a tie for second-place in the division with Oakland, both of which are a game behind the first-place Chiefs.

Patrick Crayton had three catches for 105 yards and a score, but left the game after his touchdown with an injured left wrist. Darren Sproles added five catches for 60 yards with a touchdown.

Kyle Orton was 24-for-38 with 217 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Broncos (3-7), who failed to build on last week’s victory over Kansas City and have now dropped five of their last six.

Bolts From The Blue says that while the offensive stats were impressive, this one was all about the defense.

The real story of the game, though, was the Chargers defense led by three sacks by Shaun Phillips who held a prolific Denver passing offense to 7 points through the game’s first 51 minutes before becoming content to just let time run off the clock by allowing Denver to repeatedly connect on short underneath routes.

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Broncos Vs. Chargers: Orton's Touchdown Pass Makes Things Respectable

The game might be out of reach but the Denver Broncos have enough left in the tank to make this one look a little better on the scoreboard.

Of course, good field position helped as Denver started as San Diego’s 40.

Still, Kyle Orton had his best drive of the second half, completing all three of his passes, including a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd to make it 35-14 with a little over 8 minutes left.

Denver still didn’t feel the need to onside it and instead kicked away, hoping their defense can pull a rabbit out of their hat. We shall see.

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Broncos Vs. Chargers: San Diego Keeps On Keepin' On

While the Broncos seem to exist only to pad their punter’s stats, the San Diego Chargers continue to put together efficient, time-consuming drives that end with touchdowns. Hence, 35-7 Chargers.

This latest score started on the San Diego 45. Nine of the first ten plays of the drive were runs to get them all the way down to the 4. That’s when Philip Rivers found Jacob Hester for the score, basically putting this one away.

Rivers is now 14-of-23 for 223 yards, four towndowns and one interception. So…pretty good.

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