Dec 02, 2019 11:15 AM

McManus' 53-yard field goal lifts Denver past Chargers

Posted Dec 02, 2019 11:15 AM

DENVER (AP) - Brandon McManus' 53-yard field goal as time expired, set up by a long interference call, capped a furious final 14 seconds and gave the Broncos a 23-20 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.


Rookie quarterback Drew Lock's debut win for Denver came a month after Brandon Allen beat Cleveland. It made the Broncos the first team in league history to have two quarterbacks start and win their NFL debuts in the same season.


The winner by McManus, who stormed off the field just before halftime when coach Vic Fangio changed his mind about letting him attempt a record 65-yard field goal, was set up by a 38-yard pass interference call on Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward Jr.


Diontae Spencer returned the kickoff 26 yards to the Denver 28 after the Chargers tied the game at 20 on Michael Badgley's 46-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining. With 9 seconds left, Lock threw deep down the right sideline to Sutton, who caught his two first-quarter touchdown passes.


Sutton collided with Hayward and the yellow flag came out. The Chargers argued vehemently about the defensive pass interference, giving the Broncos the ball at the Chargers 35-yard line with 3 seconds remaining.


The Chargers (4-8) continued jawing with both the Broncos (4-8) and the officiating crew as the Broncos ran onto the field following McManus' field goal.


Philip Rivers overcame an early interception, his eighth in three games, and a 17-3 deficit with touchdown throws of 30 yards to Austin Ekeler and 36 yards to Keenan Allen. Rivers completed a 38-yard pass to Mike Williams on fourth-and-11 in the closing minutes to get the Chargers in range for the tying field goal.


Badgley missed a 55-yarder off the left upright with 9 minutes remaining after Derek Wolfe's second sack of Rivers - his career-best seventh of the season - pushed the Chargers back 5 yards


McManus then made a 52-yarder with 4:26 remaining to break a 17-17 tie.


With a second left in the first half, McManus trotted out for an attempt at an NFL record length of a field goal with not a hint of wind. But he was summoned back to the sideline after the Chargers sent return man Desmond King II deep in case the kick was short. McManus was furious, ripping off his helmet and slamming it to the ground.


After a delay penalty, Lock didn't even try a Hail Mary, instead throwing a 33-yard pass over the middle to Sutton, who was tackled at the 20.


When they came out after halftime, McManus lined up at the exact spot and made a practice kick through the uprights in the north end zone.


Lock quickly provided a spark to Denver's discordant offense and sent the crowd abuzz despite nearly 20,000 empty seats. After misfiring his first pass and going three-and-out on Denver's opening drive, Luck threw a pair of TD passes to Sutton for a 14-0 lead.


Sutton's first was a diving, one-handed 26-yard grab, and his second, a 5-yard reception, was set up by rookie defensive end Dre'Mont Jones' interception at the Chargers 18.


Josey Jewell gave Lock his second short field when he smothered Troymaine Pope's muffed punt at the Los Angeles 21 in the second quarter. McManus made it 17-3.


INJURIES


Broncos: RG Ron Leary left with a concussion in the fourth quarter. ... Wolfe went out after injuring an elbow with 2:22 remaining. ... Von Miller's 95-game starting streak was snapped when he was deactivated with a left knee injury.


UP NEXT


Chargers: visit the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 8.


Broncos: visit the Houston Texans on Dec. 8.


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Dec 02, 2019 11:15 AM
Chiefs rout Raiders to seize AFC West control

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Patrick Mahomes threw for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown, Juan Thornhill returned a pick 46 yards for another score, and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the bumbling Oakland Raiders 40-9 on Sunday to seize control of the AFC West.


LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson also had TD runs for the Chiefs (8-4), who took a two-game lead over the Raiders by finishing off a season sweep. That means Kansas City can clinch a fourth straight division title with a win over New England and an Oakland loss to Tennessee next weekend.


Oakland (6-6) sure didn't play like a team fighting for a piece of the division lead.


Derek Carr dropped to 0-6 at Arrowhead Stadium with another miserable outing, throwing for 222 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Raiders failed to score twice in the red zone, were penalized 12 times for 99 yards, and seemingly quit when Kansas City put together a 9 1/2-minute drive almost entirely on the ground that soaked up most of the fourth quarter.


When the Raiders finally scored a touchdown in the last minute, the Chiefs blocked the extra point and returned it for two points - one more insult to Oakland in a game full of them.


It was the Raiders' seventh straight loss in Kansas City, and the continuation of a major late-season spiral. The blowout came on the heels of a 34-3 loss to the Jets last weekend.


Josh Jacobs was Oakland's lone bright spot, running for 104 yards on 17 carries.


Both teams struggled to move the ball at times with frosty winds whipping at 40 mph out of the west. Flurries even fell during halftime, adding to the misery for fans huddled in the stands.


As if those dressed in silver and black weren't depressed enough.


In the first half alone, Carr threw both of his interceptions. The Raiders lost a fumble on a kick return; failed to convert on fourth-and-1; committed seven penalties; and watched Daniel Carlson yank a 44-yard field-goal attempt about 20 yards wide left.


The Chiefs took advantage of all the squandered opportunities.


Mahomes, who perhaps more than anyone benefited from a week off, capped a 47-yard drive in the first quarter with a short TD pass to Darrel Williams. Then, late in the first half, the reigning MVP scrambled to his left and ran untouched 13 yards for another touchdown.


The Chiefs put the game out of reach in the third quarter.


First, they moved swiftly downfield on the opening possession before Harrison Butker drilled a 50-yard field goal into the wind. Then, on their next possession, Mahomes threw a pick in the end zone that was overturned when replay showed wide receiver Demarcus Robinson was held on the play.


The penalty gave Kansas City the ball back and McCoy scored moments later.


Oakland finally ended the Chiefs' streak of 59 straight points against them when Carlson hit a chip-shot field goal in the fourth quarter. The streak dated to their Week 2 matchup and was a record for a 122-game series that traces its roots to the earliest days of the AFL.


It was also ended the Raiders' streak of 15 drives against Kansas City without a point.


REID ME A STORY


Chiefs coach Andy Reid improved to 25-3 against the AFC West dating to 2015. He also improved to 18-3 in games after a bye, including an 11-1 mark at home, dating to his days in Philadelphia.


INJURIES


Chiefs: RB Damien Williams (ribs) was inactive. ... CB Rashad Fenton (hamstring) departed in the second quarter, while Darrel Williams (hamstring) and DE Frank Clark (shoulder) left in the third.


UP NEXT


Oakland: begins a two-game homestand against the Titans on Sunday.


Kansas City: visits the Patriots in an AFC title game rematch on Sunday.