Oct 23, 2014 9:05 PM

Broncos lead Chargers 7-0 early in 2nd quarter

The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) Peyton Manning kept it going Thursday night, throwing his 511th touchdown pass early in the second quarter to give the Denver Broncos a 7-0 lead over the San Diego Chargers.

On third-and-goal from the 2, Manning rolled right and found Emmanuel Sanders in the back of the end zone.

Manning was coming off an emotional four-TD performance Sunday night against San Francisco in which he surpassed Brett Favre as the NFL's touchdown pass king.

After losing at home to the Chargers on a Thursday night in December Denver's only home loss last season the Broncos changed their work week. They practiced without pads and helmets.

But their first two drives led to punts.

So did San Diego's. After the Chargers went three-and-out on his second series, QB Philip Rivers retreated to the sideline while yelling into his helmet.

Manning hit Emmanuel Sanders for a 31-yard gain to the 31 of San Diego. Then, on first-and-10 from the 18, Demaryius Thomas plucked a pass on the run and took it to the 2 as the first quarter ended.

Manning is 20-3 at home since joining the Broncos, but Rivers is no slouch in Denver, where he's 6-3. And he'd be 7-2 if not for Ed Hochuli's blown call on a last-minute Denver fumble in 2008.


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Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton


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