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CARSON, Calif. -- The Broncos were shut out for the first time since 1992 as they lost to the Los Angeles Chargers, 21-0, on Sunday.

The 394-game scoring streak was the longest active streak in the NFL and second-longest streak in league history.

The game was always within reach for the Broncos, but with turnovers and punts, the offense just couldn't get things going.

Despite Broncos fans outnumbering Chargers fans at the 27,000-seat StubHub Center, the Chargers controlled the game from the start.

The Broncos offense could not get the ball moving with the team's drives in the first half resulting in six punts and two fumbles.

The Broncos couldn't even make it past midfield during the first half.

It got started on the first drive of the game as Denver went three-and-out after A.J. Derby fumbled a completed pass from Trevor Siemian.

The Chargers recovered, but the Broncos defense made an impressive goal-line stop to prevent the Chargers from taking advantage of the turnover.

Later in the first quarter, the Broncos special teams struggled and let the Chargers strike first with a 65-yard punt return by Travis Benjamin.

The Chargers extended their lead in the second quarter after Philip Rivers hit Keenan Allen across the middle for an 18-yard gain to make it first-and-goal.

Austin Ekeler caught a quick throw from Rivers to put Los Angeles up, 14-0.

Siemian finished the first half 11 of 17 for 89 yards, with two sacks and a lost fumble.

The one positive of the first half: Von Miller passed Karl Mecklenburg in Broncos history with a sack on Rivers. Miller now has 79.5 career sacks.

The woes continued in the second half for the Broncos as they continued to end drives in punts.

There was a glimmer of hope as Siemian hit Demaryius Thomas for an 81-yard reception from their 9-yard line.

But Thomas was called for offensive pass interference and the play was called back. The Broncos later had to punt.

The Broncos finally managed to get past midfield after an 11-yard run by C.J. Anderson and a 10-yard gain from Andy Janovich.

After going for it on fourth-and-6, Siemian was intercepted by the Casey Howard as the Broncos failed to convert again.

In the end, the Chargers were able to secure another touchdown and shut out the Broncos, 21-0.

The season isn't necessarily over, but the Broncos have a tough series of games ahead.

They hit the road to play the Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) and Philadelphia Eagles (5-1), who are on top of the NFC East, before coming back to to face the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (4-2).

At 3-3, things could get ugly fast for the team if things don't change, especially on offense.

The Chargers have won three in a row and are back in contention in the AFC West at 3-4.