Chargers claim two game lead

The San Diego Chargers fought through a rainy day to beat the Denver Broncos. They took advantage of four Jake Plummer interceptions and came away with a 20-17 victory as Denver could not make head way on their final drive of the game.

The Chargers needed one first down to end the game but could not convert a third down with two minutes to go and almost lost the game when Drew Brees was sacked by John Lynch and fumbled the ball. Brees was able to secure it but the Bolts had to punt and give Denver the ball back.

Denver converted a fourth and ten to get the ball to the San Diego 46 with twenty seconds to go. They were forced into another fourth and ten but this time just eight ticks remained on the clock. Jake Plummer hit Darius Watts but the rookie turned his route inside instead of going out of bounds as the clock ran out on Denver and gave San Diego a two game cushion atop the AFC West.

LaDainian Tomlinson put the Chargers on the board first with a five yard run made possible by an interception by Drayton Florence on Denver's opening drive. Florence picked Plummer at the Denver 43 and Drew Brees immediately hit Eric Parker for a 30-yard gain. Moments later, Tomlinson ran it in.

Tomlinson added a second rushing touchdown in the second quarter from one yard out. Denver had been pinned at their own one and punted from their end zone. Eric Parker ran the punt back 19 yards to the Denver 21. Antonio Gates added a ten yard reception and Tomlinson accounted for the other eleven yards.

Denver sandwiched a score between Tomlinson's two. Eric Parker fumbled on the Denver 36 and Plummer came out and hit Ashley Lelie 36 yards downfield. That setup a one yard run from Tatum Bell.

Shaun Phillips intercepted a Plummer pass late in the second quarter on the Denver 17. That paved the way for a 23 yard field goal from Nate Kaeding as time expired in the half. Kaeding added another 23 yard field goal in the third quarter to make the score 20-7.

A 45-yard pass from Plummer to Rod Smith late in the third quarter, followed by two more passes to Smith put the Broncos on the San Diego nine. Two plays later, Reuben Droughns crossed the goalline from four yards out.

Jason Elam kicked a 31 yard field goal in the middle of the fourth quarter to make it 20-17.


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