Oliver took advantage of the extra playing time to register four tackles. The third-year defensive back -- who had only posted four or more tackles once in his career prior to Week 9 -- now has at least that many in each of the last three games.
Three of Oliver's tackles came in the second half as the Bolts outscored the Broncos, 20-3, to slam the door on a runaway victory.
"At halftime we were saying, 'Don't stop, don't give up.' [Denver] is a dangerous team, so we had to finish," Oliver said.
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The play preserved the Chargers' lead and instigated a shoving match between Moreno and hothead Brandon Marshall.
"That fumble they had going into the end zone was big," Oliver said. "They were about to put points up, so it was huge. It definitely gave us more energy, more to play for."
San Diego rode the energy-boost to its most impressive victory of the season, launching the Chargers into sole possession of first place in the AFC West. However, despite the lopsided win over their divisional rivals, the Chargers' players realize the importance of continued improvement.
"We keep playing. I don't think we will ever play a perfect game, but we just keep playing hard and keep doing things that got us on a five-game winning streak. We need to keep it up," Oliver said.
Oliver is correct -- now isn't the time to fall victim to a trap game. The Chargers play the final game of their division schedule on Sunday as they take on the Chiefs. As noted in this article, that game could greatly impact the Chargers' playoff push.
It helps the 3-7 Chiefs sounded a wake-up call with their upset win over the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend. Nonetheless, the Chargers are at a point in their progression where the preparation process is the same regardless of opponent.
"It's the same thing every week," Oliver said. "We come back to work Monday, see the film and get to work on Kansas City."
The Chiefs, despite running mostly a conservative offense, throw the ball about 54 percent of the time. That should afford Oliver plenty of opportunities to make plays and continue his -- and the team's -- ascension.