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 Broncos overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit Monday night to stun the Chargers 35-24.
Manning was 13-of-14 for 167 yards in the second half and the Broncos tied the Chargers atop the AFC West at 3-3.
"It was not the start we wanted but we have shown the ability to come back," Manning told ESPN on the field. "There's no speech that causes that turnaround, it's all will. It sure is special, we can really build off this one.''
Rivers was intercepted four times — three in the fourth quarter — and lost two fumbles.
"When you lose it's rough, especially in a game where you had a big lead and so much at stake," Rivers said.
Manning's 21-yard touchdown to Brandon Stokley gave Denver its first lead, 28-24 with 9:03 left. Stokley outleaped cornerback Marcus Gilchrist to catch the ball, then got both feet down before tumbling out of the end zone.
"(Coach John) Fox is pretty gray right now, I don't think he can stand us getting down like this much more,'' Manning said.
In Week 1, Manning's debut with the Broncos, Denver fell behind Pittsburgh 19-14 in the fourth quarter and rallied to win 31-19. In their three losses, the Broncos trailed the Patriots 31-7 last week, the Texans 31-11 on Sept. 23 and the Falcons 27-7 on Sept. 17 before rallying to make each one close (each margin was 10 points or fewer).
This time, 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 in a game that tied for the fourth-greatest regular-season comeback in NFL history.
"It sure was special considering what was on the line," said Manning, a four-time NFL MVP and one-time Super Bowl winner.