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Chargers Effort Falls Short; Fall To Broncos 24-17

Divisional Playoffs - San Diego Chargers v Denver Broncos

For roughly three quarters the Denver Broncos simply dominated the Chargers.

Then, it changed in the final quarter, as a couple of key drives gave the Bolts life, but it was not enough as Peyton Manning and the Broncos topped San Diego 24-17.

The win for the Broncos puts them in the AFC Title Game next Sunday against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

The Chargers simply couldn’t do enough to disrupt Manning, as he threw for for 230 yards and two touchdowns.

In the fourth quarter down 17-0 the Chargers rallied, as Philip Rivers capitalized on an injury to cornerback Chris Harris Jr. to stage what was almost a miracle comeback.

Rivers hit Keenan Allen with a 16-yard touchdown pass at the 12:59 mark of the fourth quarter to draw San Diego to within 10 at 17-7.

Knowshon Moreno put the Broncos up 24-17 on a three-yard run at the 8:12 mark of the fourth.

Allen again got the Chargers to within 10 with a 16-yard TD pass with 5:43 left to make it 24-14. The Chargers got the onside kick and Nick Novak kicked a 30-yard field goal to make it 24-17.

That was as close as the Chargers got, as the Bolts defense couldn’t stop the Broncos from getting a couple first downs to seal the win.

It was a tough loss for the Chargers, who just couldn’t do enough to create turnovers and stop Manning from making enough plays down the stretch to get a shot to tie up the game.

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