Chargers lose heartbreaker in Denver, 20-17

In untypical fashion, the San Diego Chargers stayed close to Denver throughout the game and held a four point lead going into the fourth quarter. After stoning the Denver offense through the first 45 minutes of play, the Bolts allowed ten fourth quarter points and lost 20-17 in the final seconds.

Down three points in the fourth, Drew Brees completed four straight passes for 48 yards, including a great catch in blanket coverage for 25 yards to Antonio Gates. The drive would stall and they tied the game with a 42-yard field goal by Nate Kaeding.

The Broncos got the ball back with 5:21 on the clock and burned up all but four seconds, getting a game winning field goal by Jason Elam from 41 yards out.

When the Denver Broncos marched down the field on their opening drive it had the promise of another Invesco loss. But Randall Godfrey popped Mike Anderson on the two yard to force a fumble that Jamal Williams pounced on. After going three and out deep in their own territory, the Bolts were able to hold Denver to a 45-yard Jason Elam field goal.

On the next series, the Chargers used an 11-play drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock to grab a 7-3 lead. Brees hit Gates three times on the drive and LaDainian Tomlinson had four carries for 26 yards, including a 16-yard toss on third and one that resulted in a touchdown, his 14th consecutive game with a rushing score.

Brees went 3-for-3 for 51 yards on the next drive, hitting Keenan McCardell for 20 yards on third and 11 and following that up with a 19-yard connection with Eric Parker. That led to first and goal with Tomlinson notching his second rushing touchdown of the quarter.

On the first play of the second half, Brees threw an out route intended for McCardell but Champ Bailey stepped in front of the pass and took it 25 yards for his first career touchdown to put Denver within four at 14-10.

Jason Elam missed two field goals from 53 yards out in the third quarter, wide left on his first go from that distance and wide right on his second attempt.

Denver took the lead in the fourth quarter, spurned by a 37-yard punt return by Darrent Williams. The rookie returned took it to the house on the punt but Denver was penalized for two many men on the field when Stephen Alexander crossed onto the field with the return still in process. A 26-yard pass to Mike Anderson setup a three yard touchdown run by Kyle Johnson.

After Tomlinson's second touchdown, the Chargers total yardage for the next seven possessions totaled negative nine yards.

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