Chargers shock Broncos with 27-20 win, bolster fading playoff hopes

DENVER - Peyton Manning had two more touchdown passes on Thursday, but they weren't enough for the Denver Broncos to avoid their first home loss of the season.

Philip Rivers led a ball-control offense while throwing for 166 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego's 27-20 win over the Broncos. Ryan Mathews carried 29 times for 127 yards, including a 23-yard TD run that put the Chargers ahead 24-10 early in the third quarter. Keenan Allen had two scoring receptions for San Diego, which ran 44 running plays and kept the ball for almost 39 minutes.

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The Chargers bolstered their fading playoff hopes by improving to 7-7 and ending the Broncos' 10-game winning streak against AFC West opponents.

Manning threw for 289 yards and moved within three touchdown passes of tying the NFL's single-season record, but the Broncos fell to 11-3.

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