Brilliant Manning rallies Broncos past Chargers

Peyton Manning orchestrated the biggest comeback of his career as the Denver Broncos erased a 24-point half-time deficit to beat the San Diego Chargers 35-24 at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) celebrates his team's come-from-behind win over the San Diego Chargers following their Monday Night NFL football game in San Diego, California (Reuters)

Manning endured a miserable opening half that included an interception return for a touchdown, before the quarterback climbed out of a 24-0 hole with a vintage display after the break as the Broncos went on a rampage.

He threw for three touchdowns and completed 24-of-30 passes on the night for 309 yards as Denver also added two defensive scores of their own to post 35 unanswered points and join the Chargers at the top of the AFC West on identical 3-3 records.

The result eclipsed Manning's previous best second half turnaround of 21 points and equalled the second biggest half-time comeback in the Super Bowl era.

Chargers counterpart Philip Rivers, meanwhile, had a night to forget, notching up four interceptions and two fumbles, with two of his turnovers returned for touchdowns.

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