8:30 PM ET, October 19, 2009
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
Royal first Bronco with punt, kickoff returns for TDs in same game as Broncos win
SAN DIEGO -- Eddie Royal was running so fast that even his brown-and-white striped socks were a blur.Royal became the first player in Broncos history to return a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in the same game, leading undefeated Denver to a wild 34-23 win over the San Diego Chargers on Monday night.
Orton on in 2nd half
Denver QB Kyle Orton's second-half performance helped the Broncos beat the Chargers on Monday night.
|1st half||2nd half|
-- ESPN Stats and Information
• The Broncos improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1998, when they started 13-0 and went on to win Super Bowl XXXIII.
• Eddie Royal became the 11th player in NFL history, and first since Devin Hester on Nov. 25, 2007, to return a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns. Royal finished with 235 combined kickoff and punt return yards, a Broncos record.
• Josh McDaniels became the fourth coach since the merger and first since Mike Martz in 2000 to start his head coaching career with six straight wins.
• Elvis Dumervil recorded two sacks, giving him an NFL-best 10 for the season. He's the first player with 10 or more sacks in a team's first six games since Michael Strahan (10½) in 2001, the same season Strahan set the NFL's single-season sack record of 22½.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
The Broncos have outscored their opponents 76-10 in the second half and overtime this season. ... Denver held San Diego to 104 yards of offense in the second half. ... San Diego injuries were LBs Kevin Burnett and Larry English (ankles) and RG Louis Vasquez (knee). For Denver, DL Ronald Fields (hamstring), CB Jack Williams (shoulder) and LB Mario Haggan (knee).
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||5.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-4||1-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||2||1|
|FG||4:53||Nate Kaeding 20 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 11 plays, 92 yds, 5:58
|TD||4:51||Eddie Royal 93 Yard Kickoff Return (Matt Prater Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 93 yds, 0:00
|TD||0:11||Vincent Jackson 3 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 74 yds, 4:33
|FG||7:59||Matt Prater 34 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 13 plays, 62 yds, 7:11
|TD||6:11||Eddie Royal 71 Yard Punt Return (Matt Prater Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, -7 yds, 2:02
|FG||2:22||Nate Kaeding 44 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 8 plays, 45 yds, 3:34
|TD||1:20||Darren Sproles 77 Yard Punt Return (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 6 yds, 1:16
|FG||8:02||Nate Kaeding 50 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 48 yds, 4:37
|TD||3:48||Tony Scheffler 19 Yard Pass From Kyle Orton (Matt Prater Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 77 yds, 4:14
|FG||13:08||Matt Prater 29 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 10 plays, 36 yds, 3:38
|TD||3:01||Brandon Stokley 5 Yard Pass From Kyle Orton (Matt Prater Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 62 yds, 2:45