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Broncos 35, Chargers 24 … a by-the-numbers look

SAN DIEGO – Statistical notables from the Broncos’ 35-24 comeback triumph over the Chargers here on Monday night:

24: The halftime deficit overcome by the Broncos — the largest in franchise history and the second-largest in NFL history. It also matches the largest deficit overcome at any point in the game, which was done two other times, most recently in a 37-34 Broncos win over Seattle in 1979. That comeback required a quarterback change from Norris Weese to Craig Morton; no such alteration was required this time.

Denver also set a franchise record for second-half points with 35.

158.3: Peyton Manning’s quarterback rating for the second half until his lone incompletion after halftime, which ended a streak of 13 consecutive completions. He wouldn’t throw another pass that wasn’t nullified by a penalty, finishing 13-of-14 for 167 yards with three touchdown passes after halftime.

176: Number of consecutive passes Manning had thrown without an interception until Quentin Jammer’s 80-yard pick-six in the second quarter Monday.

2.33: Number of touchdown passes Manning averages per game this season, which puts him on pace for 37 — 10 higher than the Broncos’ previous single-season standard, last set by Jake Plummer in 2004. (John Elway shares the record, with his career high coming in 1997.) ┬áManning is also on pace to set franchise records in completion percentage (67.8 percent), passing yardage and quarterback rating (105.0).

28: Years that had passed since the Broncos scored on an interception and fumble return in the same game. Denver last pulled off that double-feature in a 28-7 win at Detroit on Oct. 7, 1984; Rulon Jones scored on the fumble and Ken Woodard took back an interception 42 yards for a score. That game is also remembered for the Broncos’ team-record 10 takeaways, including a club-record-tying seven interceptions, which punctuated a season in which the Broncos had a team-best 55 takeaways.

5: Number of interception returns for touchdowns for the Broncos since John Fox became head coach last year, including two this season.

0: Number of interception returns for touchdowns in the previous four seasons (2007-10) under Mike Shanahan, Josh McDaniels and Eric Studesville.

0: Number of four-interception games Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers endured before Monday night.

54.2: Rivers’ quarterback rating Monday, his worst against the Broncos in 13 games as a starter. His 50.4 rating in the 2005 regular-season finale was compiled after he was asked to relieve an injured Drew Brees, who tore his labrum when Gerard Warren landed on him.

79-6: The collective margin of the Broncos in the fourth quarter through six games this season. Only the 1980 Lions had a better fourth-quarter margin in the first six games, outscoring their foes 84-10. The six fourth-quarter points are also the fifth-fewest ever allowed by a team through six games. Only one other team has allowed six fourth-quarter points or less in the first six games: the 2004 Broncos, who only conceded three in sprinting to a 5-1 start.


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