#3- September 14th, 2008
The Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers would once again get involved in a shootout. This one provided controversy and a gutsy call towards the end of the game.
The first half saw 48 combine points between the two teams. The Broncos took a 31-17 lead into the half after touchdowns by Brandon Marshall, Tony Scheffler, and Michael Pittman.
The second half was all Chargers however as the Broncos failed to build off of the lead going into the locker room. The Chargers would score 21 unanswered points in the second half to take a 38-31 lead.
Then, the controversy would begin.
On a second and goal, Jay Cutler rolled out to attempt a pass that flew out of his hands and was whistled down as an incomplete pass. The play would be reviewed as the Chargers believed it was a fumble in which they recovered it.
Due to a whistle, the play was called as a sack and fumble. Because the whistle blew before the Chargers player recovered it, it was ruled dead at that spot. Two plays later, Cutler would throw a pass to Eddie Royal in the end zone for a touchdown. Down by one, Broncos fans thought that they would play for overtime.
However, Mike Shanahan decided to go for two points instead. When I saw the game, I thought he was crazy. This was perhaps the biggest gamble I have ever seen. However, Cutler went right back to Royal and it succeed. The Broncos went up 39-38 and never looked back.
Next: Broncos vs. Chargers First Playoff Meeting