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Monday, October 19, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Broncos 34, Chargers 23

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- For the third straight week, the question will be asked. Are the Broncos legit?

Let’s just stop it.

The Broncos are for real, OK?

Denver continued the most remarkable story in the NFL by punching the host San Diego Chargers in the mouth when it had to Monday night, winning 34-23. The Broncos took control in the second half and showed the Chargers, heavy preseason favorites to win the AFC West for the fourth straight season, that 33-year-old coach Josh McDaniels and his crew mean business.

The Broncos are 6-0 and the Chargers are 2-3. Denver leads the AFC West by 3.5 games. No team has ever lead a division by 3.5 games and not advanced to the playoffs.

The Broncos won this game the way they have won their last two games against Dallas and New England: They dominated in the second half. The Broncos came back from a halftime deficit and outscored San Diego 17-3 in the third and fourth quarters. Denver has outscored its opponents 76-10 in the second half of games this season.

If that’s not for real, what is?