DENVER — The Broncos took down AFC West rival San Diego, 27-19, on Sunday to remain in first place heading into a showdown with the Oakland Raiders.
The Broncos scored first on a 28-yard field goal from Brandon McManus. But the lead didn’t last long as the Chargers got a touchdown on their first drive to make it 7-3.
Running back Devontae Booker, who got the start with C.J. Anderson on injured reserve, suffered a shoulder injury during the first drive of the game and was questionable to return, but returned late in the first quarter.
After coming out hot, the Broncos were quickly slowed down going three-and-out four times in a row going into the early second quarter.
In the second quarter, Bradley Roby intercepted Philip Rivers and returned it for a touchdown to put the Broncos ahead, 10-7.
During the play, a Chargers player was pushed into the sideline and knocked over Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Phillips was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital.
To start the second half, the Broncos intercepted Rivers again and were able to capitalize on with a touchdown by Booker to make it 17-7.
Later, the Broncos got their second running touchdown with a 1-yard run by Juwan Thompson. It was Thompson’s first carry of the season.
Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian threw an interception in the fourth quarter resulting in a Chargers touchdown to make it 24-19 after the Chargers failed to make the two-point conversion.
The Broncos then drove for a field goal for the final scoring.
It was the second time in three weeks the teams played each other. On Oct. 13, the Chargers won, 21-13, in a Thursday night game. That loss snapped an NFL record 15-game road winning streak within the division for the Broncos.
DeMarcus Ware made his return for the Broncos for the first time since Week 2. Ware suffered a broken bone in his right forearm during the Sept. 18 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Broncos and Raiders meet next Sunday night in Oakland with first place in the division on the line.