The Denver Broncos looked like were going to cruise to an easy win on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers after they built a 28-6 lead in the third quarter, highlighted by three receiving touchdowns by wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and four passing touchdowns by Peyton Manning, who continues to look like a runaway-favorite for the NFL MVP award.
But the Chargers would not go quietly in this AFC West showdown, and Phillip Rivers caught fire in the latter part of the third period to rally San Diego to within 8 points deep into the fourth quarter,
The Chargers offense would get the ball with under 7 minutes left in the game, but the Denver defense stiffened when it counted most and forced a punt.
From there, Manning and the offense would eat-up the clock and help Denver escape with a 28-20 win.
With the loss, the Chargers fall below the .500 mark at 4-5 and face a must-win game against the Miami Dolphins next week if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Meanwhile, The Broncos are now 7-1 entering their Week 11 AFC West showdown-game against the Kansas City Chiefs that will see the winner ascend into first-place.