Broncos vs. Chargers 2012: Denver wins 35-24, despite 'worst special teams performance'

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

After a muffed punt and fumbled kick return afforded the Chargers an early lead, a strong second half gave the Broncos the win.

After a 24-0 first half in favor of the Chargers, it's understandable why Broncos fans would be upset with what looked to be an inevitable loss for their favorite team. And after a 35-0 second half that gave Denver a 35-24 win, it's perfectly logical that the Broncos fans would be over the moon about the victory.

Nowhere was the swing in emotion more evident than at Mile High Report, SB Nation's Broncos blog, where they endured the pain of the first half and enjoyed every minute of the come back in the second half:

"The Broncos have the lead in the AFC West division by virtue of owning the tie breaker with the San Diego Chargers, the team they just emotionally devastated 35-24 after being down 24-0 at halftime. This was the worst special teams performance of the young season by far and it looked like the Broncos would self-destruct."

Early in the first quarter, Mike Scifres of the Chargers punted to Trindon Holliday of the Broncos, but Holliday muffed the punt and the Chargers recovered. San Diego turned the great field position into three points as Nick Novak hit a 32-yard field goal.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Broncos' special teams shot themselves in the foot again as Omar Bolden fumbled away his kickoff return to the Chargers. The defense couldn't keep them out of the end zone a second time and an Antonio Gates touchdown put San Diego up 10-0.

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