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Denver, CO (.com) - Peyton Manning sat and waited on the sideline as San Diego kept moving the chains and churning the clock. The Chargers' slim playoff hopes don't look so slim anymore. Ryan Mathews ran for 127 yards and a touchdown and Philip Rivers tossed a pair of scores to Keenan Allen as the Chargers shocked the Denver Broncos 27-20 on Thursday night. The Chargers, who snapped Denver's 10-game AFC West winning steak, held the ball for nearly 39 minutes and converted 6-of-12 third downs. Denver tallied 127 yards on its first two drives of the game, but totaled just 168 yards the rest of the way. The Broncos' 295 total yards and 20 points were a season low. Rivers was 12-of-20 for 166 yards for San Diego (7-7), which moved a half game behind the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins for the AFC's second wild-card spot. Manning flipped a 5-yard TD pass to Andre Caldwell with 10:30 remaining to pull the Broncos within 24-17 and Denver got the ball back at its own 3 with 5:50 to go following a San Diego punt. Manning, though, was intercepted on the third play of the drive by linebacker Thomas Keiser to all but seal the outcome. Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget fought through a double team and hit Manning as he threw and Keiser notched the easy pick. Nick Novak's 35-yard field goal after the pick gave the Chargers a 27-17 lead with 2:36 left. Matt Prater nailed a 42-yard field goal with 34 ticks on the clock to whittle the deficit to 27-20, but the ensuing onsides kick went out of bounds. HASH(0x8bca2cc)
December 13, 2013, at 01:03 AM ET
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