The Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning are in unchartered territory.
The quarterback led the largest comeback of his career, and the Broncos (3-3) pulled off the biggest comeback in Monday Night Football history to beat the San Diego Chargers (3-3) and earn a share of the AFC West lead. Manning led the Broncos to 35 straight points in a game that once saw them down 24-0 in the third quarter and did it in vintage Peyton Manning style.
After a sloppy performance in the first half that allowed the Chargers to jump out to a 24-0 lead, a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to Demaryius Thomas in the third quarter gave the team a spark. A slew of turnovers from Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers aided the team as it erased the deficit big play by big play.
What may have been the biggest play came from Chris Harris, ESPN.com noted. He scooped up a fumble forced when linebacker Elvis Dumervil slammed into Rivers and jarred the ball loose, taking it 65 yards for a touchdown. That was the turning point, as the Denver Broncos continued to cruise past the deflated Chargers.
“It’s about playing 60 minutes. There’s no quit in this team,” Peyton Manning said.
For the San Diego Chargers, the loss was especially difficult after blowing another large lead last week against the New Orleans Saints.
“We’ve got to go play a complete game,” San Diego coach Norv Turner said. “We’ve shown through three quarters of a game what we can do.”
The game marked the 37th fourth-quarter comeback for Peyton Manning, the Yahoo! Sports blog Shutdown Corner noted. The Denver Broncos also made the fourth-largest comeback in the regular season, the report noted.