Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Overall Grade: A-
Fourth Quarter: B
Coming into the game, the Denver defense ranked 6th in the league. They did nothing but possibly improve on that number today.
San Diego finished with 277 yards of offense but Denver had four sacks, seven tackles for loss and held them to 3-of-16 on third down.
Tony Carter, who has been a gem this season, was victimized multiple times by Danario Alexander, who finished the day with seven receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns, both of those coming against Carter.
With the score 30-23, San Diego got the ball with 24 seconds remaining, needing to go 87 yards for the game-tying touchdown. But on second down, Elvis Dumervil came in very quickly and sacked Philip Rivers, slapping the ball out of his hands.
Third Quarter: B-
Von Miller is putting together and incredible year. In the third quarter, he sacked Rivers twice more, causing a fumble both times. San Diego was able to pounce on the first one but Wesley Woodyard scooped up the second, taking it 12 yards to the Chargers 25-yard line, setting up the Decker touchdown.
But right before the end of the third quarter, Denver allowed the Chargers to go on a 12-play, 80 yard scoring drive, which ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to Alexander. The Chargers converted three third downs on the drive.
Second Quarter: A
It's hard to say whether the Broncos' defense has been good or if San Diego is just that bad. The Chargers have seven points that were gifted to them and only had 54 yards of total offense in the first half.
Rivers looks very poor and the defense is getting after him. Does anyone out there still believe D.J. Williams should be playing over Woodyard? Woodyard intercepted a pass from Rivers and took it back 25 yards to the San Diego 8-yard line. Woodyard is having a great season.
First Quarter: A
The Broncos did a good job on the defensive side of the ball early in the game and they seem to be getting to Rivers already, forcing him into some bad throws.
The Chargers only had 30 total yards of offense in the first quarter and were 0-for-4 on third down.
Woodyard made a nice play, stopping Chargers running back Jackie Battle in the backfield for a loss of a yard on 3rd-and-1, forcing a punt.