DENVER, Colo. - The Broncos emerged from their bye week more aggressive, intense, and back in effect on passing as they beat the Chargers 37-8. Plummer's return apparently revived the Broncos, but it wasn't the only factor giving the Broncos the energy they have been lacking in past weeks. The Broncos totally dominated the Chargers from start to finish, both offensively and defensively.
Doug Flutie lost his magic touch while playing against the Broncos, as he completed only 9 of 25 passes for 70 yards, had 1 interception, and 2 fumbles. Flutie's fumbles occurred during the Charger's first two possessions, allowing the Broncos to gain momentum that lasted the rest of the game.
Coach Mike Shanahan was pleased with the way the "defense stepped-up." "Anytime they (defense) hold a team under 100 yards on offense, it really speaks volumes of the type of people you do have and how hard they worked during the week," said Shanahan. "San Diego did quite well last week, having almost 500 yards; so, I am very impressed with our defense."
Shannon Sharpe explained what made the difference for the Broncos during week 11 of the season. "Everybody made the plays," said Sharpe. "Rod made a big play on the punt return. Every time a tipped ball was in there, we came up with it from a defensive standpoint. They put the ball on the ground and we jump on it. Everything seemed to go our way. For the simple fact, we were making those plays. Hopefully we can turn this thing around where things start going really good."
Shannon Sharpe finished the game with 7 receptions for 101 yards, scoring three touchdowns. Rod Smith had a 65-yard punt return and caught 10 passes for 84 yards. Clinton Portis finished with 106 yards on 25 carries.
Although the Broncos performed well as an entire team, Shanahan accentuated, "it was nice to get Jake back." Plummer completed 23 of 34 passes for a total of 253 yards during his first game back since breaking his foot.
The lack of magic for the Chargers allowed the Broncos to exemplify the power of a little orange-magic, as they were able to connect on all dimensions, ultimately ending their three game losing streak. The Broncos believe their performance against the Chargers is exemplary of what the rest of their season will offer.
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