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Broncos stunned by Chargers

The San Diego Chargers kept alive their play-off hopes with a shock 27-20 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Philip Rivers tossed two touchdown passes as San Diego ended Denver's 10-match winning run in the AFC West - while the Broncos also suffered their first reverse at home in 14 games.

Rivers competed 12-of-20 passes for 166 yards, while Ryan Mathews rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown as the Chargers moved to 7-7.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning spent most of the game stuck on the sidelines but he still ended up with 289 yards and two touchdowns.

Manning had connected with Andre Caldwell from 15 yards for the opening score and although Nick Novak replied with a 38-yard field goal for the Chargers, Matt Prater kicked the Broncos into a 10-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Decisive

However the Chargers dominated the second and third quarters to open up a decisive advantage.

Rivers threw touchdowns to Keenan Allen from 19 and 10 yards as visitors lead 17-10 at the half-time interval.

Mathews then rushed over from 23 yards as the Chargers moved clear.

The Broncos (11-3) rallied late on as Manning threw a five-yard TD pass to Caldwell, however they couldn't level the match.

Novak and Prater exchanged field goals but the Chargers were able to close out the game.