Monday, September 27, 2004

Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers

Plummer completed 25 of 36 passes for 294 yards with two touchdowns, a long of 33 and a quarterback rating of 112.5, his best statistical line of the season. Smith caught five of those passes for 75 yards, averaging 15 yards-per-catch and a long of 32 to go with one score. Lelie caugth four passes for 67 yards, averaging 16.8 yards-per-catch and had a long of 33, which was his touchdown. Jeb Putzier also chipped in with five receptions of his own, for 66 yards, averaging 13.2 yards-per-catch and a long of 24. On the ground, Griffin led the team in carries with 12, but it was only for seven yards, a 0.6 yards-per-rush average with a long of six. Garrison Hearst gained the most yards with 13 on three carries for a 4.3 average and a long of 11.

Droughns had an excellent night on kickoff returns by taking four for 137 yards, a 34.3 average-per-return and a long of 48 to help set up Denver's final field goal. On punt returns, Smith had only one fair catch as one punt was downed, one went out-of-bounds and three went for touchbacks.

The defense kept the ever-dangerous LaDainian Tomlinson under wraps by yielding only 60 yards on 22 carries for a 2.7 yards-per-rush average and a long of 16.

Denver gained 328 total net yards of offense to the 214 put up by San Diego. The Broncos gained 291 yards through the air and only 37 on the ground compared to the 129 in the air by the Chargers and 85 on the ground. Denver's rushing total was the fewest number of yards gained on the ground since the club was held to 35 yards against the Chiefs in a 15-7 loss at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 20, 1993.

Denver went two-for-11 on third down, an 18 percent conversion rate while San Diego was six-for-15, a 40 percent success rate. The Broncos were one-for-one on fourth down while the Chargers did not have an attempt.

The Broncos had their best game in terms of penalties by committing only three for 25 yards while the visitors were called for six for 61 yards.

For the first time this year the Broncos lost the time of possession battle, 30:45 to 29:15.

The Broncos will now go back on the road as they travel to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers as John Lynch returns to the place where he spent the first 11 years of his career. The Broncos and Bucs will square off at 4:15 p.m. (EDT) at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 3 with CBS broadcasting the game.

Go Broncos!

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