Monday, November 23, 2009

Déjà vu?

In the Broncos most meaningful game this season they were a complete train wreck. And some say the Broncos are out of the race for the playoffs. You can vote if they still have a chance at the playoffs at They fell to San Diego 32-3, in a game that looked much like our match with the Chargers at the end of last year.


In their first divisional home game of the 2009 season, the Broncos had a chance to maintain their AFC West lead and sweep the season series with the Chargers. Hampered by three turnovers and nine penalties, Denver fell to San Diego, 32-3, at INVESCO Field at Mile High.The Broncos had little trouble finding their offensive rhythm on the opening drive of the game. Denver ran the ball on each of its first seven plays, picking up 57 yards on carries split between Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter. Facing 2nd and 8 from the San Diego 17-yard line, Shaun Phillips forced a fumble on Chris Simms, which was recovered by the Chargers. San Diego's offense then engineered a nine-play drive of its own, capped by a two-yard touchdown catch from Legedu Naanee. The Broncos defense kept the Chargers out of the end zone for the rest of the half, holding them to a pair of Nate Kaeding field goals.Trailing 13-0 at halftime, Denver again saw success on its opening drive of the half, thanks to the ground game. Moreno's career-high 36-yard run put the Broncos in business at the Chargers' 19-yard line. Denver pushed ahead to the five-yard line, but got no closer, settling for a 23-yard field goal by Matt Prater. Attempting to maintain the momentum, Prater tried an on-side kick on the ensuing play, but the Chargers recovered at the Denver 41-yard line. Five plays later, LaDainian Tomlinson had a 1-yard rushing touchdown to put San Diego ahead by three scores.

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