In Week 14, the Broncos come in at 8-4, and playoff chances are still high. However, they play a very tough opponent, facing the undefeated Chargers. In a hotly contested game, the Broncos lose to the Chargers 34-31 in overtime.
QB Julius Stewart had arguably his best game of his career, completing 19 of 29 attempts for 347 yards. He threw 2 touchdowns, and ran in a third. However, he still struggled with accuracy at times and threw 2 interceptions, one of which ended the Broncos hopes of the upset as it came in OT.
After having back-to-back 100 yard games, the Chargers bottled up Jerick McKinnon, who gained only 34 yards on 16 carries. McKinnon left late in the 3rd quarter with an injury. Tarik Cohen came in and had 3 carries for 14 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. The coaching staff stated after the game they felt if the running game would have been more productive, the Broncos chances for winning would have went up dramatically.
Carlos Henderson was the leading receiver this week with 6 receptions for 122 yards. Jake Butt, with 5 catches for 88 yards, had arguably his best game of the season. Bennet Edebali had 3 catches for 75 yards and Rookie Kasheem Boone had 3 catches for 58 yards with a touchdown for the 3rd straight game.
The defense did great in the pass game holding Carson Wentz to 122 yards but they couldn't stop the run game at all allowing over 200 yards rushing to Melvin Gordon.
The defense also only had 1 sack, coming from Shaquil Barrett. They were also able to get 1 interception from safety Harrison Smith. He also had a total of 4 tackles as well.
K.C Hayward, Cedric Norris and Chris Harris each had 3 tackles behind Harrison's 4 tackles.
The Broncos (8-5) host the Saints (7-5) at home next week, a must win game if the Broncos want to remain in the playoff hunt.