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Published on 10/15/2012 at Mon Oct 15 21:54.
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Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning motions to teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

The San Diego Chargers put up 24 unanswered points in the first half of Monday Night’s AFC West showdown with the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos answered — with 35 unanswered points in the second half.

Tied for the largest comeback of Peyton Manning‘s career, one interceptions and a fumble return for a touchdown by backup cornerback Tony Carter and two picks for Chris Harris and one for Jim Leonhard each saw the Broncos make a furious comeback in their pivotal AFC West showdown. The Broncos went on to beat the Chargers by a final score of 35-24.

Peyton Manning never faltered. He threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns with one interception that was more the fault of his teammate Matthew Willis than Manning. He threw 30 times… only six fell incomplete.

A freakish first half full of trips, interceptions and fumbles can all be (nearly) forgotten after the second half Manning and the Broncos displayed. Denver moves to 3-3 and first place in the AFC West.

“There’s no speech that makes that kind of turnaround,” Manning said of his teammates after the game. “It’s a matter of will.”

And according to ESPN, it was the first time in NFL history that a team down by 24 won by double digits.

What a way to head into the bye, eh Broncos fans?

  • Michael Gibbons

    Did anyone see that one pass that manning threw that was incomplete… It was to the right his neck must be hurt arms not fully their… Terrible signing by the broncos…. Jk sweet win

  • Jim_Jebow

    jaw dropping unbelievable

  • stuckinraiderland

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Thank you for winning me the Thanksgiving conversation with my brother.

  • TheTroglodyte

    It’s hard to get too excited after watching us absolutely suck in the beginning yet again. We still only put up 21 offensive points. Had Rivers not had yet another absolute melt down (he’s done it a lot the last 2 years) we wouldn’t have come out on top. It was exciting and fun but I just can’t buy to much into the hype until I see us put up two or three solid 4 quarter games in a row.

    All that being said, there is nothing quite like watching Rivers pout on the sideline lol.

  • broncoluv

    Yes that was the best Bronco game since the superbowl years,

  • herc_rock


  • areferee

    Only the sweetness of a 2nd half comeback like this one can help mask the nightmare of a first half of total embarrassment. My being down on Decker and our corps of wide receivers has not changed.

    Thanks and a tip of the helmet to “Stoke” and the tight ends and to Peyton Manning, who was the catalyst for this remarkable turnaround. We are atop the division and have two weeks to enjoy it. It won’t get easier for a team that has this many highs and lows.

  • Jim_Jebow

    rivers post game interview was priceless.

  • Tim Lynch

    I’ve seen several Broncos fans upset about Tebow being dumped and a $100 million spent on a broke down QB come back into the fold tonight. Love it! In the end, the Broncos is the only team worth rootin’ for!

  • BroncoSteve

    Didn’t Chris Harris have the 2 INT’s and not Tony Carter? That was unbelievable!

  • Tim Lynch

    Minor typo, give forgiveness – the Broncos won.

  • Monty

    Bt staff im away from the computer if someone can fix please do. TC had the fumble TD too.

  • Tim Lynch

    I think I fixed it well enough…no worries.

  • Joey Baldwin

    Did anybody notice the little hand gesture between Stokes and Manning after the TD? I wonder if that was a inside thing or just coincidence?

  • Gary_in_SD

    Best QB performance in a Bronco uniform I’ve seen since SB33!
    How great is it having him do it for us, not against us!
    Not forgetting to give some love to the D too… Great team win.

  • Gary_in_SD

    Actually, the schedule is much kinder down the stretch and the bolts have a (somewhat) tougher one. I’d say that the Broncos are in a good spot and everyone should be very optimistic at this point.

  • Gary_in_SD

    Bad breaks happen, especially on the road and even more so in front of a hostile divisional foe’s crowd. Good teams stay focused and don’t give up. This team hasn’t given up all season and has fought to the end of every game. Tonight was evidence that things are finally starting to click and good things finally happened in the end this time.

    So you saying “its hard to get too excited” really shocks me. Dude, I was going nuts tonight. That was a freakin’ awesome win! I live in SD and they have a really good team here, one who has had Peyton’s number over the years. I’m going to get in every bolt fan’s face I know tomorrow!

  • southofthecity

    A tremendous victory. A QB like Manning gives a confidence not seen in Denver since Seinfeld was still on the air. That said, I was livid at the end of the first half. The Broncos handed 17 points to the Chargers. Clearly, Denver can’t keep spotting teams these big leads. Truth be told, the Chargers really only had one impressive offensive drive in the whole game. I was was very encouraged by the play-making on the defensive side. Four interceptions, a huge forced fumble and Elvis and Von all over Rivers. A loss would have been painful going into the bye, but the Broncos are in the driver’s seat now.

  • anthony33

    So much for Manning not being able throw to the right eh!

    Season changing game! I would have to say that we now have as good a shot to win the AFC as anyone.

  • Bryandotcom

    That was an amazing 2nd half, no doubt about it but I’m not chugging the orange Kool Aid yet. I’ll always take a Denver win, and they earned it in that second half. But we can’t continue to play like trash in the first 2 quarters and expect to win games. I don’t know if it’s McCoy’s play calling in the first half, and PFM’s in the second or what, but it’s clearly evident in the first 6 games that we have come out with an ultra conservative offense. Behind going to the locker room. 3rd and 4th quarters, the shackles are off and we’re either winning or a defensive stand away from winning.
    Second thing. Tony Freaking Carter. I said yesterday in another post that he played awesome against the Falcons. Why this guy isn’t starting is beyond me. If nothing else, I’m going into the bye week and coming out doing the same thing the Texans do with starting a 4 CB secondary. Champ, Porter, Harris, and TC. Because something needs to be done about our defense.
    Two thing for the record…I was shocked to see two false start penalties on Rivers for what looked like simple hard counts. And I started the game rocking my blue Champ jersey. Disgusted with how things were going, I called my woman up, had her bring my orange Dawk jersey to me and the rest is history. No..I’m not superstitious.

  • Bryandotcom

    So was watching Norv Turner squirm when asked if he needs to be replaced. LOL.

  • Bryandotcom

    I slightly disagree. IMHO, the Wild Card game against Pittsburgh last year was better. BUT, last night was still an awesome game no doubt.

  • Bryandotcom

    Starting to click? I don’t see that. I think we’re clicking just fine, offensively.
    I agree with Trog. I see this team play like crap in the first half and in the second, go bananas. First half we’re outscored 98-42. Second half we’re crushing teams. 128-40! 79 of those points came in the 4th quarter vs only 6 points against. And we’re 3-3. That to me says we need to start much faster. I think it’s the difference in play calling between the two halves. To date, we have yet to play a full game. When/if this team can figure out how to do that, then I think we’re a serious force. Until that happens, we’re going to keep playing from behind, always trying to make a come back win.

  • herc_rock

    2005 divisional round game trumps both.

  • Bryandotcom

    Sending Brady home…yeah. That was a great game. Lost to the eventual SB Champ.

    Edit: IIRC, I think we actually beat Brady twice that year.

  • Jim_Jebow

    I think they played a full game against the Raiders

  • Bryandotcom

    I guess’s hard to argue that we didn’t. I might even consider the Steelers game as a full game too.

  • MeOMy

    We started off slow vs the Raiders too. We just didn’t go down big because the Raiders are a joke of a team this year.

  • DougEngland

    Any one else notice this was the first game of the year that we did not receive the first half kickoff? Don’t know how many of the first five games were the Broncos choice or the other team’s decision… But whenever it is in the Broncos control from now on, they have to decide to kickoff so they can have the ball to start the second half.

  • Mike Birtwistle

    i think it was the same signal he gave at the line for the audible

  • chrislynch

    “Um, I don’t know what to respond with.” “I’m not going to respond to that.” What a class guy. Long live AJ Smith and Norv Turner.