Chargers lose to Broncos; finish season 4-12

San Diego was shut out in the AFC West.

The Chargers went into Denver looking for one last win.

A division win, a win that would take them to 5-11 on a season they would rather soon forget.

They didn't get it it.

After going 0-5 in the division, the Chargers had one last shot in the AFC West, a chance to not only avoid a shutout but to also spoil the Broncos’ chance at a first-round bye, which they gained with a win.

They fought hard, but fell to the Broncos 27-20, finishing the season with one last frustrating loss.

The game was highlighted by five takeaways by the Chargers defense (four in the first half alone; three of those by CB Steve Williams) and the return of QB Peyton Manning, who took the field in the third quarter with the Broncos down 13-7. The change under center stymied San Diego's defense enough to allow a seven-play, 81-yard drive that was capped off by a touchdown from running back C.J. Anderson.

With 13 minutes to go in the game, Rivers hit WR Tyrell Williams for an 80-yard touchdown catch and run to bring the score to Chargers 20, Broncos 17. It was Williams' first catch of his career.

Denver would go on to score another field goal and touchdown to win the game 27-20.

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The Chargers ended a season wrought with injuries, close games and frustrating misses to go 4-12 and last in the AFC West. They were shut out in the division this season and are actually 0-8 dating back to last season. The last time they won against an AFC West opponent was November 2014, against the Oakland Raiders.

Sunday's game against the Broncos also signified a push into the unknown, as it is unclear whether the "San Diego" Chargers will really be in San Diego next season. This may have been the last game the organization played as the San Diego Chargers.


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