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The Denver Broncos snap the Los Angeles Chargers’ six game win streak, getting into field goal range in the final seconds and making it count to win 23-22.

1:06 | November 18, 2018 | Denver Broncos, Football, Los Angeles Chargers, NFL

Game Information
Location: StubHub Center Carson, California
Attendance: 25,462

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Denver had lost six of their last seven going into Sunday's game against Los Angeles, but Chargers coach Anthony Lynn kept warning everyone that the Broncos were dangerous because they had been in most of their games until the final minute.

Lynn's words became prophetic as Brandon McManus kicked a last-second 34-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 23-22 win and snap the Chargers' six-game winning streak.

"We've been in four or five of these games and didn't make enough plays to win. Today we didn't hope to win, we made plays to win," Denver coach Vance Joseph said.

Denver got the ball at its own 8 with 1:51 remaining, and Case Keenum orchestrated a seven-play, 76-yard drive. Keenum, who was 19 of 32 for 205 yards, completed five passes for 86 yards during the drive, including a 30-yarder to Courtland Sutton to the Denver 16. Keenum then spiked the ball and McManus' kick split the uprights.

It was McManus' second game-winning field goal this season and the fifth of his career. It also helped erase memories of two weeks ago, when his 51-yard attempt went wide right as time expired in a 19-17 loss to Houston.

"I think we've had three or four close ones that have come down to it and Brandon has made those kicks and we trust him," Keenum said. "It feels good. A lot better than the alternative."

Wide receiver Keenan Allen, who had nine receptions for 89 yards and a TD, succinctly summed up why the Chargers (7-3) lost when he said, "Penalties. Turnovers. Not making plays at the end of the game."

Philip Rivers, who threw for 401 yards, had two interceptions and Los Angeles committed 14 penalties, including 10 in the first half. Mike Badgley, who made three field goals, also missed an extra point that ended up looming large.

"Those are things we've stayed away from - penalties and turnovers - but they showed up today. For whatever reason, I don't know. We'll figure it out, though," coach Anthony Lynn said.

Denver's talented rookie offensive trio of Phillip Lindsay, Royce Freeman and Sutton had big games.

Lindsay had 11 carries for 79 yards with two touchdowns. His 41-yard TD run early in the second quarter, which put Denver up 7-6, was set up the play before when the Broncos successfully executed a fake punt with punter Colby Waldman throwing a 12-yard pass to fullback Andy Janovich for a first down. It was the second straight week the Chargers allowed a fake punt.

The undrafted rookie also had a 2-yard TD on a direct snap early in the fourth quarter to give Denver a 20-19 lead.

"We knew that going in that they were physical and athletic, but for us, we just went out there and knew we needed to be physical, too," Lindsay said. "We knew that we were going to have run the ball in order for us to win this game."

Freeman, who missed two games with an ankle injury, had seven carries for 23 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown to bring the Broncos within 19-14.

Three plays earlier, Von Miller swung momentum back in Denver's favor when he picked off Rivers on a screen pass and returned it 40 yards to the Chargers' 18. It was Miller's first interception in a regular-season game since 2012.

"The interception turned the game around, to me. That spun the whole game," Rivers said. "It was about to be a blowout, and he made that play, and then it's a touchdown and then all of a sudden he made it a game."

Sutton tied a career high with 78 yards on three catches.

Rivers, who had his 11th 400-yard passing game, completed 28 of 43, but it was the seventh time the Chargers have lost when he has passed for over 400.

The 15-year veteran became the sixth quarterback in league history to throw at least two touchdown passes in each of his team's first 10 games to start a season. He eluded the blitz and threw a 4-yard pass to a wide-open Allen late in the second quarter to put Los Angeles on top 13-6. He then threw a 6-yard TD to Antonio Gates on the opening possession of the second half.

Melvin Gordon had 158 yards from scrimmage (89 rushing, 69 receiving), marking the sixth straight game he has had 130 yards or more.

MOMENTOUS SACK

Miller's sack of Rivers in the second quarter gave him 10 for the season, which allowed him to join Reggie White and DeMarcus Ware as the only players with 10 or more sacks in seven of their first eight seasons. He is also the fifth-fastest player to reach 100 career sacks among players who began their careers in 1982 or later.

BOSA RETURNS

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa made his season debut after missing the first nine games with a bone bruise to his left foot. The third-year lineman did not start but was in on pass-rushing situations.

INJURIES

Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget was carted to the locker room with a knee injury during the second quarter. Lynn said it appears as if the eighth-year lineman might be out for the rest of the season, but the team will know more on Monday.

Denver wide receiver DeSean Hamilton suffered a knee injury in the second quarter, and cornerback Bradley Roby was evaluated for a concussion in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Broncos: Host the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday.

Chargers: Host the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Chargers
07:00 Michael Badgley 46 yd FG 0 3
00:39 Michael Badgley 45 yd FG 0 6

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Chargers
12:05 Phillip Lindsay 41 yd run (Brandon McManus kick) 7 6
02:39 Keenan Allen 4 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Michael Badgley kick) 7 13

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Chargers
09:56 Antonio Gates 6 yd pass from Philip Rivers (missed kick) 7 19
02:24 Royce Freeman 3 yd run (Brandon McManus kick) 14 19

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Chargers
12:17 Phillip Lindsay 2 yd run (failed 2pt Rush) 20 19
06:47 Michael Badgley 30 yd FG 20 22
00:00 Brandon McManus 34 yd FG 23 22

Team Stats
  Denver Los Angeles
1st Downs 16 26
Total Yards 325 479
Passing 217 384
Passing Completions/Attempts 20-33 28-43
Yards/Pass 6.6 8.3
Rushing 108 95
Rushing Attempts 19 26
Yards/Rush 5.7 3.7
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Possession 22:11 37:49

Denver Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Case Keenum 19 32 205 6.4 0 0
Colby Wadman 1 1 12 12.0 0 0

Los Angeles Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Philip Rivers 28 43 401 9.3 2 2

Denver Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Phillip Lindsay 11 79 7.2 2 41
Royce Freeman 7 23 3.3 1 7
Emmanuel Sanders 1 6 6.0 0 6

Los Angeles Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Melvin Gordon III 18 69 3.8 0 20
Austin Ekeler 6 29 4.8 0 17
Keenan Allen 1 1 1.0 0 1
Philip Rivers 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4

Denver Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Courtland Sutton 3 78 26.0 0 39
Emmanuel Sanders 4 56 14.0 0 38
Phillip Lindsay 4 27 6.8 0 11
Jeff Heuerman 4 20 5.0 0 6
Andy Janovich 1 12 12.0 0 12
Matt LaCosse 1 9 9.0 0 9
Royce Freeman 1 7 7.0 0 7
Devontae Booker 1 4 4.0 0 4
DaeSean Hamilton 1 4 4.0 0 4
Tim Patrick 0 0 0.0 0

Los Angeles Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Keenan Allen 9 89 9.9 1 27
Melvin Gordon III 6 87 14.5 0 32
Antonio Gates 5 80 16.0 1 27
Mike Williams 2 56 28.0 0 29
Austin Ekeler 2 40 20.0 0 23
Virgil Green 2 27 13.5 0 26
Tyrell Williams 2 22 11.0 0 19
Travis Benjamin 0 0 0.0 0

Denver Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Darian Stewart 9 1 0 0
Justin Simmons 5 5 0 0
Bradley Chubb 4 3 1 9
Chris Harris Jr. 4 4 0 0
Todd Davis 3 2 0 0
Shelby Harris 3 0 0 0
Josey Jewell 3 2 0 0
Zach Kerr 3 0 0 0
Adam Gotsis 2 2 1 5
Su'a Cravens 2 1 0 0
Bradley Roby 2 1 0 0
Von Miller 1 0 1 3
Shaquil Barrett 1 2 0 0
Tramaine Brock 1 0 0 0
Will Parks 1 3 0 0
Keishawn Bierria 0 0 0 0
Devontae Booker 0 0 0 0
Joseph Jones 0 0 0 0
Derek Wolfe 0 1 0 0
Isaac Yiadom 0 0 0 0

Los Angeles Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jatavis Brown 7 1 0 0
Derwin James Jr. 7 0 0 0
Adrian Phillips 4 0 0 0
Jahleel Addae 3 0 0 0
Michael Davis 2 0 0 0
Kyle Emanuel 2 2 0 0
Desmond King II 2 0 0 0
Joey Bosa 1 0 0 0
Melvin Ingram III 1 0 0 0
Brandon Mebane 1 1 0 0
Uchenna Nwosu 1 0 0 0
Damion Square 1 1 0 0
Derek Watt 1 0 0 0
Travis Benjamin 0 0 0 0
Brandon Facyson 0 0 0 0
Casey Hayward Jr. 0 1 0 0
Rayshawn Jenkins 0 0 0 0
Tyrell Williams 0 0 0 0

Denver Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Von Miller 1 42 0
Chris Harris Jr. 1 0 0

Los Angeles Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Denver Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Devontae Booker 2 38 19.0 0 21
Adam Jones 1 16 16.0 0 16
Matt LaCosse 1 10 10.0 0 10

Los Angeles Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Desmond King II 3 70 23.3 0 30

Denver Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

Los Angeles Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Travis Benjamin 1 2 2.0 0 2

Denver Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Brandon McManus 1 1 100.0 34

Los Angeles Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Michael Badgley 3 3 100.0 46

Denver Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Colby Wadman 5 224 52

Los Angeles Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Donnie Jones 2 78 40