Broncos Win in Thrilling Fashion
The Denver Broncos appeared headed to a 2-5 record and a second consecutive loss on Sunday, but then things turned around in a hurry in the third quarter of their game with the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Broncos entered the fourth quarter trailing their division rival by a score of 24-10 but ended up coming away with a 31-30 victory over the visiting Chargers. It was certainly an improvement on the last run out.
Denver scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning touchdown with no time remaining on the clock. The Broncos were dominated in almost every offensive statistic, but the team found a way to escape with a victory.
The Chargers entered the fourth quarter with a 96 percent win probability, and that number stayed above 80 percent for most of the fourth quarter. Los Angeles made a couple of bad decisions and questionable calls that gave the Broncos a chance at a comeback.
Quarterback Drew Lock was not great for most of the day on Sunday, but he was terrific when the Broncos needed him the most. Lock threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns in the win, including the game-winner to KJ Hamler as time expired.
The Broncos have been waiting for Lock to take over the job as the starting quarterback, and his potential was on full display in the fourth quarter. Lock still made some questionable throws but proved that he can be clutch late in games.
Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns in the loss but also threw a pair of interceptions. The win by the Broncos improves their record to 3-4, while Los Angeles fell to 2-5.
Lock Gives Halftime Speech
The play of Lock on the field might not have been his biggest contribution of the day. At halftime, Lock got in front of his offensive teammates and delivered a fiery speech that appeared to turn the team around.
The quarterback reportedly told the team to “man up” in the second half, and he pointed the finger at himself to lead the way. The young quarterback has not shown a ton of emotions so far in his Broncos career, but this speech came at just the right time.
Running back Phillip Lindsay was one of the players that seemed to respond to the pep talk, and he took matters into his own hands. Lindsay broke free for a 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that seemed to spark the offense and turn the game around.
The running back admitted to hearing the boos from fans as the team entered the locker room at halftime, but he understood where the frustration comes from. Lindsay has lived in the Denver area his entire life and knows how proud the Broncos franchise is.
Whatever it was that turned things around for the Broncos in the second half, it came at a perfect time. Now the Broncos will look to play a better first half the next time out and not have to rely on another late rally.
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