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              === Manning bests Rivers, Broncos beat Chargers ===
 
 Denver,  CO  (Sports Network) -  Peyton Manning threw  for 270 yards and three
 touchdowns  to lead the  Denver Broncos to a 30-23 decision over the San Diego
 Chargers in an AFC West matchup.
 
 Manning  finished with  25-of-42 efficiency and an interception returned for a
 score  by  Eric Weddle  for the  Broncos (7-3), who  have won five consecutive
 outings.
 
 "There  are no easy  wins," Manning said. "We'll take the victory and run with
 it, and certainly we're always trying to get better."
 
 Brandon  Stokley totaled  four  receptions  for 55  yards  and one  touchdown,
 Demaryius  Thomas  and Eric Decker added  TD catches, and Willis McGahee ended
 with 55 yards on seven carries.
 
 Philip  Rivers  went 24-of-40 for 258  yards, two TDs to Danario Alexander and
 as  many interceptions  for the Chargers (4-6), who slid to their fifth defeat
 in their last six.
 
 "Denver  is  an outstanding football  team. They are  as probably a complete a
 team as we've played in terms of all three phases," Chargers coach Norv Turner
 said.  "We just didn't  make enough plays offensively to find a way to win the
 game."
 
 Alexander  ended up with 96 yards on seven receptions, Malcom Floyd added four
 grabs  for  67 yards to  counteract a  47-yard, 15-carry performance from Ryan
 Mathews.
 
 Matt  Prater split the  uprights from 32 yards away -- his third field goal of
 the  contest -- with  4:14 left in regulation to give Denver a 30-16 edge, but
 San Diego narrowed its gap with 1:24 on the clock.
 
 Alexander  barely  crossed the plane  of the goal  line before losing the ball
 while  falling  into the  end zone.  A lengthy  review upheld  the call on the
 field, which resulted in a 21-yard touchdown, despite replay indicating a knee
 might have been down before the ball crossed the plane.
 
 The  Broncos  recovered the  onside kick but  went three-and-out. The Chargers
 gained  possession  at their own  13-yard line with 23  ticks left, but had no
 timeouts  remaining.  Rivers was  sacked on  the final  play, which followed a
 short completion.
 
 Manning  encountered bad luck on Denver's second possession of the contest, as
 he threw right into the hands of Weddle, who ran 23 yards to the end zone.
 
 Prater  missed  from 55 yards out  on the following series, but Manning atoned
 for  his earlier  mistake  with  two minutes  played  in  the second  quarter,
 connecting with  Thomas from 13 yards away to even the score. Originally ruled
 out of bounds, the hosts successfully challenged the call for a 7-7 game.
 
 Wesley  Woodyard  then picked off Rivers  and returned to the San Diego 8-yard
 line, and Prater hit from 19 yards away.
 
 On  the  first play after  the two-minute warning,  Nate Irving blocked a Mike
 Scifres  punt, and  the hosts were set  up on their foes' 31-yard line. On the
 next down, Manning hit Stokley in the end zone to make it 17-7.
 
 After  San  Diego's first  drive of  the second half  proved fruitless, a punt
 backed the Broncos within the shadow of their goal line. Shaun Phillips sacked
 Manning  for a safety,  but Rivers was sacked, lost the football and the hosts
 recovered on the Chargers' 25. Decker hauled in a 20-yard Manning heave and it
 was 24-9 Denver.
 
 Rivers responded on the next series, hitting Alexander for an 8-yard score and
 cutting his team's deficit to eight.
 
 Prater  capped a Broncos' 67-yard, 10-play drive with a 30-yard field goal and
 27-16 score with 10:43 remaining.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Denver has won four straight over San Diego and 15 of 27 since 2000, including
 nine  of 14  games in  Colorado over  that span  ... The  Broncos limited  the
 Chargers  to 53  yards rushing  and 3-of-19  on third-down  conversions, while
 totaling 386 yards of total offense.
 
 
 11/19 00:11:44 ET

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