Broncos win shootout versus Chargers 39-38; Cutler shines

Sayre BedingerSenior Writer ISeptember 14, 2008

The Denver Broncos out-dueled the San Diego Chargers today in what proved to be as exciting as advertised.  The Broncos scored a touchdown with less than thirty seconds remaining in the 4th quarter on a touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to rookie standout Eddie Royal.  A tie wasn't enough for Mike Shanahan, and he called on the offense to go for two.  Jay Cutler fired a pass to Eddie Royal once more for the conversion to give the Broncos a one point lead.  The Chargers gave a good effort on the final drive, but the Broncos prevailed.

Jay Cutler threw four touchdown passes and one interception to go along with 350 yards through the air.  Cutler looked very sharp for the second week in a row and the Broncos improve to 2-0.

Star WR Brandon Marshall came back from a one game suspension only to torch the San Diego defense (Antonio Cromartie) for 18 catches and 166 yards.  Marshall ended the first half with a nice grab in the back of the end zone to put the Broncos ahead by two touchdowns.

Philip Rivers had his way with the Denver Defense in the second half, throwing three touchdown passes.  Rivers also had 377 yards and threw one interception, a questionable call that set the Broncos up for their first score.  The instant replay machine was malfunctioning and the play was not able to be overturned after a two-minute delay in which the repairs were unable to be made.

Two plays before the Broncos scored their go ahead touchdown, Jay Cutler lost the ball on a fumble which was recovered by the Chargers.  After review, the ball was ruled a fumble, but the play was whistled dead prior to the Chargers defender recovering it.

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The Broncos continued to dominate on the offensive side of the ball, scoring their tenth touchdown of the season in the closing seconds of Sunday's game.

Chargers star back LaDainian Tomlinson was limited in the second half, but Darren Sproles impressed with over 220 total yards and two touchdowns.

Cutler now leads the NFL with six touchdown passes, and that success has led the Broncos to a staggering 40 point average in their first two games.

The Broncos will be in action next Sunday vs. the Saints.  San Diego will play host to Brett Favre and the Jets.