Overall Game Grade: A-
The defense was put in some very tough situations tonight. Twice in the first half the special teams unit turned the ball over deep in Denver territory. The defense held San Diego to 10 points. In the second quarter they began to look like they were tired. They began giving up large gains. But then Elvis Dumervil made a play that changed the game completely when he stripped Charger quarterback Philip Rivers and defensive back Tony Carter took the ball back for a touchdown. The defense intercepted Rivers four times and pitched a shutout in the second half.
4th Quarter: A+
Big sack late by Von Miller. Von Miller has become the single greatest celebration artist in the NFL.
Chris Harris picks off Philip Rivers and takes it back 46 yards for the touchdown.
Another interception. This one by Chris Harris who simply attacked the ball.
Tony Carter picks off Philip Rivers and returns the ball to the 50 yard line. Two HUGE plays by Carter tonight.
3rd Quarter: B
Huge play by the Denver defense. Elvis Dumervil causes San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers to fumble. Tony Carter scoops it up on the run and takes it 65 yards for the touchdown.
The defense is getting gouged and once again allowing third and long conversions. Failure to recover a fumble by Randy McMichael could have been a game changer,
2nd Quarter: C-
The Denver defense is returning to their usual form. They have now allowed 24 points and 179 yards of offense in the first half.
Starting to become concerned with the ease that the Chargers are moving the ball, Jim Leonhard makes a great interception to stop the drive.
1st Quarter: B
The Bronco defense has been put in some tough spots tonight but this one started at the San Diego 23 yard line and drove inside the Denver 30 yard line. Fortunately they get some help from the Chargers committing penalties.
Hard to fault the Broncos defense when the special teams keeps turning it over deep in their own territory.
Following a turnover by the special teams, the defense makes it's biggest stop of the night holding the Chargers to just a field goal.
Two solid initial possessions by the Denver defense tonight. Following an opening play penalty, the defense dug in and held the Chargers offenses to just six plays and two punts.