The Broncos Hold on to Defeat the Chargers 24-17
The Chargers made a late run in the game, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter, but the Broncos held on to defeat San Diego, 24-17, and advance to their first AFC Championship game since 2005.
Up until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, this game was all Broncos. Denver led 17-0 entering the third quarter, and had held the Chargers to 79 total yards until their first scoring drive in the fourth quarter. The Chargers had ended the first half with just one total net passing yards.
The Chargers' loss was their third consecutive divisional playoff loss.
An array of penalties on defense due to neutral zone infractions gave the Broncos even more of an advantage throughout this game. The Chargers committed eight penalties for 63 yards.
A late run in the fourth quarter gave the Chargers life. San Diego scored off of two Keenan Allen touchdowns, and with a little over three minutes remaining in the game, had cut the Broncos lead to just 24-17.
A failed stop on defense on a 3rd-and-17 gave back the Broncos momentum, and eventually sealed the game for Denver.
The Broncos will host the New England Patriots next Sunday at 3:00 EST (1:00 MST) in the AFC Championship game.
Broncos - 24
Chargers - 17