Improvement on third down a priority for Chargers
The Chargers were three of 12 on third down against the Broncos, not including a pass interference penalty on third and 8 in the first quarter that resulted in a first down.
The Broncos scored a touchdown after Rivers threw an interception on third and 6, and then exploited a tired defence with a 14-play touchdown drive following a three-and-out to take a 24-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
Of their 25 plays in the fourth quarter, only three were runs.
In the first half, the Chargers attempted 15 runs to 11 passes.
Head coach Anthony Lynn and Whisenhunt both agreed that it was a mistake to get away from the run, given the raucous atmosphere that benefitted Denver’s pass rush against an offensive line still learning to play together.