The Broncos set a Monday Night Football record by winning a game despite being down 24-0 at halftime. The Broncos won the game by scoring 35 unanswered points in the second half, an effort led entirely by QB Peyton Manning.
I predicted the Broncos to win 31-24, but I never would have guessed the game would have turned out the way it did. However, this has been the story for the Broncos all season.
When the second half started, it was all Broncos. If it wasn’t Manning throwing a perfect 13 of 13 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns to erase a 24-point deficit, then it was the defense that decided it would not allow Chargers QB Philip Rivers to score any second-half points by sacking him four times, intercepting him four times and forcing three fumbles while scoring two defensive touchdowns.
Playing much better in the second halves of games has been the Broncos’ norm all year, but this time they did enough in the second half to actually come back and win. I have written several articles about the Broncos nearly being an elite team and they definitely looked like an elite team in the second half Monday night. However, they still they won’t be elite until they can play much better in the first halves of games on a regular basis.
The Broncos are on their bye week this week and hopefully they get their inconsistent play figured out and can become that elite team as early as Week 8. My prediction is that the Broncos will play like an elite team for most of the rest of the season.
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