Broncos top Chargers 28-20; Manning to undergo MRI after hit to legs

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SAN DIEGO -- The Denver Broncos kept rolling Sunday in their first game under interim coach Jack Del Rio, stifling a comeback attempt by the Chargers to win 28-20.

Head coach John Fox, who was released from the hospital Friday following heart surgery, watched the game on TV from his offseason home in Charlotte, N.C., a team spokesman said.

Peyton Manning threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns. Manning finished the game limping on his previously injured right ankle after taking a hit to the legs late in the fourth quarter. He planned to undergo an MRI on Monday as a precaution.

Sunday's win brings the Broncos' record to 8-1, second place in the AFC West behind the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs and Broncos finally face off here in Denver on Nov. 17.

The game may have been in San Diego, but there was a lot of orange and blue that flooded sports bars all over Denver on Sunday, including Jackson's.

"Gotta rep our team, it's Broncos country," said Blair Johnson, who works at Jackson's.

Everyone pumped and ready to watch.

"I'm so excited they are doing so well and I really think that we are going to go far," said Megan Estrada, a Broncos fan.

"Today we are doing Jackson's Bingo for the Broncos fans," Johnson said.

Glued to the TV and their smart phones.

"Basically it's a free app you download," said Johnson.

Fans at Jackson's in Denver had a chance to win some throwback Broncos swag whenever the team scored.

"Cory nice to meet you...congratulations here you go, a Carl Mcklimberg jersey.

Many fans predicted the win, even with Jack Del Rio stepping in as head coach.

"Jack Del Rio will be fine plus Peyton Manning is like a coach anyway on the field," said Jamal Riley, a Broncos fan.

"Peyton has a good team behind him and I'm very confident in our team...obviously we are doing well," said Beth Brown, a Broncos fan.

Touch down after touch down, fans kept their excitement between friends, which bar workers appreciated.

"We had a couple of TV's get broken from rowdy fans on accident," said Johnson.

And as the Broncos clinch another win, fans just hope the team continues to stay focused.

"I'm a little nervous about the Chiefs game coming up," said Brown.

"I feel like if we work on a defense a little bit more and we have a little more consistency with that, the sky is the limit," Estrada said.

Fans are now looking forward to next weeks game against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs which will be in Denver at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.


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