Broncos intercept Chargers' upset bid
DENVER — The Broncos took turns picking off Philip Rivers on their way to beating the Chargers.
That sets up an AFC West showdown in Oakland next weekend between two 6-2 teams — the up-and-coming Raiders and the reigning Super Bowl champs who are winning the same way they did last year: With defense, defense, defense.
The Broncos hit Rivers 17 times, sacked him four times and intercepted three of his passes, including cornerback Bradley Roby's 49-yard pick-six that started it all.
"They're tough to deal with," sighed Rivers, the latest quarterback to leave Denver bruised and battered.
The Broncos only turned one of their third-quarter takeaways into points, however, and that allowed the hard-luck Chargers to stay in it until the end.
Rookie running back Devontae Booker, making his first career start on the heels of C.J. Anderson's knee surgery three days earlier, scored from 3 yards after safety Darian Stewart's 25-yard interception return gave Denver the ball at the San Diego 10.
Booker fumbled at the San Diego 2 and linebacker Jatavis Brown recovered after safety T.J. Ward's 23-yard interception set up the Broncos at the Chargers 7 minutes later. The Chargers capitalized with a 98-yard touchdown drive.