4:05 PM ET, November 11, 2001
DENVER (AP) -- With the head coach peering over their shoulders, Denver defenders responded with their best game of the season.Mike Shanahan vowed to take a more active role in the defense after a one-sided loss in Oakland last week, and his hands-on approach helped produce a 26-16 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
It showed today. The Broncos had been struggling in recent weeks running the ball. But Davis gave them a ground game today. He looked strong and explosive to the hole. His running opened things up for quarterback Brian Griese and wide receiver Rod Smith. Davis also caught the ball coming out of the backfield (five catches).
ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
Griese became the fastest Denver quarterback to throw 50 TD passes, doing it in 34 games. John Elway did it in 46 games. ... Flutie completed 12 of 31 passes for 165 yards and one TD with four interceptions, a passer rating of 27.7. ... LaDainian Tomlinson, who ran for 75 yards, had three 100-yard rushing efforts in his first four games but hasn't had one since. ... San Diego, which won the first meeting with the Broncos 27-10 three weeks ago, hasn't swept the annual two-game series since 1982.