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MNF moments, No. 27: Denver's 35 points

8/12/2014
Christopher Hanewinckel/US Presswire

To celebrate the 45th season of "Monday Night Football," a panel of ESPN.com contributors has selected the 45 most memorable moments in MNF history. Follow along as we reveal one per day and count down to this season's MNF debut.

No. 27: Broncos 35, Chargers 24 | Oct. 15, 2012


Antonio Gates scored a touchdown with 24 seconds left in the second quarter to give the San Diego Chargers a seemingly insurmountable 24-0 halftime lead over the Denver Broncos.

In the second half, Peyton Manning and the Broncos stormed back and scored touchdowns on their first three possessions.

In the third and fourth quarters, Manning completed all but one of his 14 pass attempts and posted a 96.8 total QBR.

But Manning couldn't have completed the comeback without help from Denver's defense. The Broncos shut down the Chargers' offense in the second half, forcing five Philip Rivers turnovers and returning two of them for touchdowns.

"When you lose it's rough, especially in a game where you had a big lead and so much at stake," Rivers said.

The Broncos' 24-point halftime comeback is tied for the largest in "Monday Night Football" history.