This makes me happy. Very, very happy…
With the Chargers up 19-7 and driving for more points, Miller read a screen pass and swiped Rivers’ pass, rumbling the other way for 42 yards to set up a Denver score. The play turned a would-be blowout into a tight tilt.
L.A. later botched a late-game management that could still have put the Broncos away for good or at least made the last-minute drive much more difficult. A botched handoff led to third-and-long from around midfield at the two-minute warning. With Denver out of timeouts, instead of running 40 seconds off the clock, Rivers then tossed a wormburner at the feet of Allen, taking just two seconds.
The miscues set up Denver’s dramatics.
It’s easy to see Allen’s side on the matter. The Chargers piled up 479 total yards of offense, including 401 passing yards from Rivers. The L.A. defense had held Case Keenum to 59 passing yards entering the fourth quarter. At one point in the game, the Chargers had 22 first downs while Denver had just nine.
Unfortunately for Allen and the Chargers, it’s a 60-minute game, not 45, 50 or even 58. Led by Miller’s pick, the Broncos made plays to steal the win. As they have too often, the Chargers made plays to lose it.