SAN DIEGO – Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes in the second half and Tony Carter and Chris Harris scored off turnovers by Philip Rivers as the Denver Broncos overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit to stun the San Diego Chargers 35-24 on Monday night.
Manning was 13 of 14 for 167 yards in the second half for the Broncos (3-3) who tied the Chargers atop the AFC West.
Rivers was intercepted four times – three in the fourth quarter – and lost two fumbles.
Mannings 21-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley gave Denver its first lead of the game, 28-24 with 9:03 left. Stokley outleapt defensive back Marcus Gilchrist to catch the ball, and then got both feet down before tumbling out of the end zone.
Harris sealed the victory with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:05 left. It was his second pick of the night. Manning finished 24 of 30 for 309 yards with one interception.
Demaryius Thomas caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Manning and Carter returned a fumble 65 yards for another score, leaving the Broncos trailing 24-14 after the third quarter.
Manning bounced back from a critical second-quarter interception to direct a scoring drive on the Broncos first possession after halftime. He hit Thomas for Denvers first touchdown of the game at 10:56, with Manning 6 for 6 for 83 yards on the drive that made it 24-7.
After committing two fumbles that led to first-quarter scores by the Chargers, Denver capitalized on a major San Diego mistake. At the Broncos 33, Rivers was sacked for a 2-yard loss and fumbled. The ball got batted forward and Carter picked the ball up on the 35-yard line and returned it for a touchdown to make it 24-14. The Chargers challenged the fumble call, but it was upheld after a video review.
Rivers was sacked on San Diegos ensuing possession, forcing the Chargers to punt.
Quentin Jammer intercepted Manning and returned it 80 yards for his first career touchdown, and Antonio Gates scored his second touchdown of the game in the second quarter, extending the Chargers lead to 24-0.
Before Jammers touchdown, the Broncos appeared on their way to their first score with Mannings 55-yard pass to a wide-open Eric Decker. But he tripped himself, got up and was tackled at the Chargers 30-yard line.
After a 4-yard gain, Manning threw an incomplete pass and then his short pass intended for Matthew Willis was intercepted by Jammer at the San Diego 20. Jammer went 80 yards and just made it into the corner of the end zone with 6 minutes to play in the second quarter for his first score in 11 years in the NFL.