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NFL Week 13 PFF ReFocused: Denver Broncos 23, Los Angeles Chargers 20

Brandon McManus drilled a game-winning field goal to give the Denver Broncos a 23-20 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13 of NFL action.

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Final Score

Denver Broncos 23, Los Angeles Chargers 20

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers threw an early interception on a screen pass, and the TV crew quickly panned to Tyrod Taylor warming up on the sidelines, which gave the impression that Rivers was heading to the bench. This ultimately proved to be untrue as it was likely just an attempt by Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn to light a fire under Rivers.

The Chargers had a couple of big-play highlights today, with the first being a corner route to Keenan Allen, who got behind the Broncos' coverage for a long touchdown reception. The second and more meaningful was a deep ball thrown to Mike Williams late in the game on 4th-and-11 when Williams made a miraculous adjustment to come down with a one-handed catch to extend the Chargers' drive.

The Chargers’ defense wasn’t able to generate much of a pass-rush and failed to get hold of rookie Drew Lock in his first game.

Denzel Perryman made the defensive play of the game when he intercepted a pass intended for wideout Tim Patrick, which led to a field goal for the Chargers.

Denver Broncos

Drew Lock had a strong first quarter but then cooled off after that. He threw his first touchdown pass early in the game, but that was largely the result of Courtland Sutton making a spectacular diving catch. Lock added another touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton on a five-yard corner route that beat cornerback Casey Hayward Jr later in the first period.

Courtland Sutton made one of the most impressive catches of the year when he made a one-handed diving catch for a 26-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Sutton had two touchdown catches in the first quarter and also drew a very fortunate, game-defining pass interference penalty late in the game.

The Broncos' defense pressured Phillip Rivers for most of the day and got home to him a number of times.

The Broncos' defensive play of the day came late in the game on a 3rd-and-1 when safety Justin Simmons was able to tackle Keenan Allen for no gain after he caught the ball on a flat route.

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