1st Half Stats and Notes

Despite a struggling offense, Denver holds a slim 13-3 lead over the San Diego Chargers as the first half comes to a close

Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers
Invesco Field
Denver, Colorado
 

1st.

2nd.

3rd. 

4th.

T
Denver 7 6 0 0 13
San Diego 3 0 0 0 3


DENVER -
R.Smith, 16-yard pass from Plummer, 6 plays, 72-yards in 3:15
SAN DIEGO - Nate Kaeding, 23-yard field goal, 11 plays, 70-yards in 5:57
DENVER - Jason Elam, 22-yard field goal, 11 plays, 70-yards in 4:54
DENVER - Jason Elam, 23-yard field goal, 6 plays, 23-yards in 3:14
 

1st Half Notes -
After a stalled first drive, the Broncos offense wakes up, marching 72-yards for their first touchdown of the game. The drive was highlighted by a 32-yard reception by Rod Smith, putting the ball on the San Diego 37-yard line. Smith scored his first touchdown of the season moments later on a 16-yard pass from Plummer, giving the Broncos an early 7-0 lead.

The Chargers followed up on their next possession as Nate Kaeding connects on a 23-yard field goal. San Diego's offense opened up with a mixture of runs and passes, then connected on a huge gain of 38-yards as Drew Brees handed off to LaDanian Tomlinson, who then threw a pass back to Brees, who raced down to the Broncos 12-yard line. The Chargers scoring drive covered 70-yards in 11 plays.

Two successive trips inside the red zone and the Broncos offense fails to find the end zone, settling for back to back Elam field goals, 22 and 23-yards respectively, giving Denver a 13-3 lead midway through the half.

The Broncos defense tightened up on the Chargers following possession, forcing a San Diego punt, which Denver took as a touchback on their own 20-yard line.

Three plays later the Broncos found themselves facing a third down with less than a yard to go. A quarterback sneak up the middle appeared to have made the first down, but officials spotted the ball inches short, forcing the Broncos into a fourth down situation from their own 29-yard line. Mike Shanhan challenged the call but the ruling was upheld and Denver was forced to punt with just under three minutes and one timeout remaining in the half.

San Diego fields the punt at their own 14-yard line, and fails to amount any type of offensive threat, punting to Denver with 1:31 remaining.

Although the Broncos are able to move the ball to their own 43-yard line, they stall in the closing seconds with miscommunication between Shanahan and Plummer. With one time out remaining the Broncos fail to call it, instead Plummer attempts to spike the ball but the clock winds down and Denver ends the first half on a sour note, despite holding a 13-3 first half lead.

BRONCOS FIRST HALF STATS

PASSING

CP/AT

YDS

TD

INT

J. Plummer

15/19

170

1

0

 

RUSHING

ATT

YDS

TD

LG

G. Hearst 2 13 0 11

Q. Griffin

6 0 0 3

A. Lelie

1 8 0 8

J. Plummer

1 0 0 0
R. Droughns 2 10 0 9

 

RECEIVING

REC

YDS

TD

LG

         

R. Smith

4 65 1 32

A. Lelie

3 34 0 16
Q. Griffin 1 22 0 22
D. Watts 1 8 0 8
J. Putzier 1 7 0 7
D. Carswell 1 4 0 4
R. Droughns 3 17 0 13

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