KUSA- The San Diego Chargers claimed a 17-10 lead at halftime Thursday as the Denver Broncos' offense struggled.
The Broncos' offense was no threat in the second quarter and had minus-1 yard in total offense in the second after 122 yards in the opening quarter.
It didn't take the Broncos long to take the lead to open the game, going 67 yards in seven plays on the first drive. Peyton Manning threw TD pass No. 46, this one to seldom-used Andre Caldwell, for a 7-0 lead in less than 3 minutes into the game.
The Chargers responded with a long, slow drive but had to settle for a 38-yard field goal after stalling in the red zone. The 11-play drive took more than 6½ minutes off the clock.
Denver also had to settle for a Matt Prater 32-yard field goal on the next drive for a 10-3 lead with 1:22 left in the opening quarter.
The Chargers put together another long drive on their second possession and tied the game at 10-10 after Keenan Allen bullied his way into the end zone after his catch on the 19-yard crossing route.
Allen hurdled Kavyon Webster at the 5-yard line then ran through Mike Adams at the goal line to score. San Diego went 80 yards in 13 plays and again burned more than 6½ minutes off the clock. The Chargers' first two drives took 13:12 off the clock.
With the Chargers' defense solving a bit of the issues they had in the first quarter, San Diego slowed down Manning. The Chargers took a 17-10 lead on Allen's second TD catch, this one with 65 seconds left in the first half.
Manning was 9-of-15 passing for 118 yards in the first half as the Broncos had 121 yards and seven first downs to the Chargers' 173 yards and 13 first downs.
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