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San Diego Chargers 3 at Denver Broncos 38

Sunday, December 21, 1997
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San Diego Chargers (4-12-0)30003
Denver Broncos (12-4-0)0247738

Game Info
Stadium Mile High Stadium
Start Time (ET) 4:00pm
Roof outdoors
Surface grass
Weather 23 degrees relative humidity 80%, wind 6 mph, wind chill 16
Vegas Line Denver Broncos -13.0
Over/Under 41.5 (under)

Expected Points Summary

Expected points are an estimate of points per play based on down, distance, and yard line. Points given for offense and defense are offensive/defensive plays + penalties on which there was no play (eg, a false start). Special teams are all kicking + punting plays. Points are zeroed out at the end of halves.

Scoring

Team Stats

Passing, Rushing, & Receiving

Defense & Returns

Kicking & Punting

Full Play-By-Play

Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail SDG DEN EPB EPA Win%
1st Quarter
1 15:00 DEN 30 Jason Elam kicks off 69 yards, returned by Kenny Bynum for 21 yards 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 SDG 22 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete right intended for Tony Martin (defended by Ray Crockett) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 10 SDG 22 Gary Brown middle for 6 yards (tackle by Tyrone Braxton) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 4 SDG 28 Craig Whelihan pass complete middle to Tony Martin for 16 yards (tackle by Darrius Johnson) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 SDG 44 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete right intended for Tony Martin 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 10 SDG 44 Gary Brown right for 4 yards (tackle by Ray Crockett) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 6 SDG 48 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete right intended for Tony Martin (defended by Ray Crockett) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 4 6 SDG 48 Darren Bennett punts 47 yards 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 12:28 1 10 DEN 6 John Elway pass complete right to Shannon Sharpe for 3 yards 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 7 DEN 9 John Elway pass incomplete right intended for Dwayne Carswell. Penalty on John Elway: Intentional Grounding, 7 yards 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 14 DEN 2 John Elway pass incomplete right intended for Rod Smith 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 4 14 DEN 2 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 4 15 DEN 1 Tom Rouen punts 56 yards, returned by Eric Metcalf for 3 yards (tackle by John Mobley) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 11:24 1 10 SDG 46 Gary Brown middle for 5 yards (tackle by John Mobley) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 5 DEN 49 Craig Whelihan pass complete left to Gary Brown for 8 yards (tackle by John Mobley) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 DEN 41 Gary Brown middle for 3 yards (tackle by Allen Aldridge) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 7 DEN 38 Gary Brown middle for 2 yards (tackle by Neil Smith) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 5 DEN 36 Craig Whelihan middle for 5 yards (tackle by John Mobley) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 DEN 31 Gary Brown middle for 3 yards (tackle by John Mobley) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 7 DEN 28 Craig Whelihan pass complete left to Gary Brown for 8 yards (tackle by Allen Aldridge) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 DEN 20 Gary Brown middle for 2 yards (tackle by Allen Aldridge) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 8 DEN 18 Kenny Bynum left for 5 yards (tackle by Tyrone Braxton) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 3 DEN 13 Penalty on Frank Hartley: False Start, 5 yards (no play) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 8 DEN 18 Craig Whelihan pass complete left to Tony Martin for 8 yards (tackle by Ray Crockett) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 DEN 10 Gary Brown middle for 2 yards (tackle by Trevor Pryce and John Mobley) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 8 DEN 8 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete right intended for Gary Brown (defended by Neil Smith) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 8 DEN 8 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete left intended for Tony Martin (defended by Ray Crockett) 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 4 8 DEN 8 Greg Davis 26 yard field goal good 3 0 0 0 0.0
1 3:29 SDG 30 Greg Davis kicks off 61 yards, returned by Vaughn Hebron for 31 yards 3 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 DEN 40 Vaughn Hebron middle for 17 yards (tackle by Terrance Shaw) 3 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 SDG 43 John Elway pass complete right to Ed McCaffrey for 9 yards 3 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 1 SDG 34 Vaughn Hebron left for -3 yards (tackle by Marco Coleman) 3 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 4 SDG 37 John Elway pass complete right to Willie Green for 12 yards (tackle by Michael Swift) 3 0 0 0 0.0
1 1 10 SDG 25 John Elway pass incomplete left intended for Rod Smith 3 0 0 0 0.0
1 2 10 SDG 25 John Elway pass incomplete right intended for Ed McCaffrey 3 0 0 0 0.0
1 3 10 SDG 25 John Elway pass complete left to Ed McCaffrey for 10 yards (tackle by Mike Dumas) 3 0 0 0 0.0
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail SDG DEN EPB EPA Win%
2nd Quarter
2 3:29 1 10 SDG 15 Vaughn Hebron left for 1 yard (tackle by John Parrella and Patrick Sapp) 3 0 0 0 0.0
2 2 9 SDG 14 Vaughn Hebron left for 3 yards (tackle by John Parrella) 3 0 0 0 0.0
2 3 6 SDG 11 John Elway pass complete right to Rod Smith for 11 yards, touchdown 3 6 0 0 0.0
2 Jason Elam kicks extra point good 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 13:38 DEN 30 Jason Elam kicks off 70 yards. Penalty on Shannon Mitchell: Illegal Block, 7 yards 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 SDG 8 Kenny Bynum middle for 2 yards (tackle by John Mobley) 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 2 8 SDG 10 Craig Whelihan pass complete left to Aaron Craver for 6 yards (tackle by John Mobley and Bill Romanowski) 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 3 2 SDG 16 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete left intended for Charlie Jones 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 4 2 SDG 16 Darren Bennett punts 45 yards, returned by Darrien Gordon for 30 yards 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 12:02 1 10 SDG 31 Vaughn Hebron left for -5 yards (tackle by Patrick Sapp) 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 2 15 SDG 36 John Elway pass complete left to Shannon Sharpe for 11 yards (tackle by Mike Dumas) 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 3 4 SDG 25 John Elway pass incomplete is intercepted by Junior Seau and returned for 7 yards 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 10:33 1 10 SDG 28 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete is intercepted by Steve Atwater and returned for 20 yards 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 10:24 1 10 SDG 29 Vaughn Hebron middle for 2 yards (tackle by Mike Mohring) 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 2 8 SDG 27 John Elway pass complete left to Rod Smith for 12 yards (tackle by Terrance Shaw) 3 7 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 SDG 15 John Elway pass complete right to Rod Smith for 15 yards, touchdown 3 13 0 0 0.0
2 Jason Elam kicks extra point good 3 14 0 0 0.0
2 9:05 DEN 30 Jason Elam kicks off 69 yards, returned by Kenny Bynum for 31 yards 3 14 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 SDG 32 Craig Whelihan pass complete right to Tony Martin for 14 yards 3 14 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 SDG 46 Kenny Bynum middle for 7 yards (tackle by Keith Traylor and Alfred Williams) 3 14 0 0 0.0
2 2 3 DEN 47 Craig Whelihan sacked by Trevor Pryce for -6 yards 3 14 0 0 0.0
2 3 9 SDG 47 Craig Whelihan pass complete left to Charlie Jones for 8 yards (tackle by Darrien Gordon) 3 14 0 0 0.0
2 4 1 DEN 45 Aaron Craver middle for no gain (tackle by Steve Atwater and John Mobley) 3 14 0 0 0.0
2 6:27 1 10 DEN 44 John Elway pass complete right to Shannon Sharpe for 12 yards (tackle by Junior Seau) 3 14 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 SDG 44 Howard Griffith left for 4 yards (tackle by Paul Bradford) 3 14 0 0 0.0
2 2 6 SDG 40 Vaughn Hebron middle for 10 yards (tackle by Rodney Harrison) 3 14 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 SDG 30 John Elway pass complete left to Shannon Sharpe for 29 yards (tackle by Terrance Shaw) 3 14 0 0 0.0
2 1 1 SDG 1 Timeout #1 by Denver Broncos 3 14 0 0
2 1 1 SDG 1 John Elway pass complete left to Ed McCaffrey for 1 yard, touchdown 3 20 0 0 0.0
2 Jason Elam kicks extra point good 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 4:09 DEN 30 Jason Elam kicks off 65 yards, returned by Kenny Bynum for 21 yards 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 SDG 26 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete right intended for Tony Martin (defended by Darrius Johnson) 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 2 10 SDG 26 Kenny Bynum middle for 4 yards (tackle by John Mobley) 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 3 6 SDG 30 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete right intended for Eric Metcalf 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 4 6 SDG 30 Darren Bennett punts 53 yards 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 3:03 1 10 DEN 18 John Elway pass complete left to Vaughn Hebron for 21 yards (tackle by Mike Dumas) 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 DEN 39 John Elway pass complete right to Shannon Sharpe for 3 yards 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 2 7 DEN 42 John Elway pass incomplete right intended for Rod Smith (defended by Paul Bradford) 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 3 7 DEN 42 John Elway pass complete left to Shannon Sharpe for 13 yards (tackle by William Fuller) 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 SDG 45 Timeout #2 by Denver Broncos 3 21 0 0
2 1 10 SDG 45 John Elway pass complete left to Vaughn Hebron for 20 yards (tackle by Junior Seau and Mike Dumas) 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 SDG 25 John Elway pass incomplete right intended for Rod Smith 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 2 10 SDG 25 Vaughn Hebron left for 4 yards 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 3 6 SDG 21 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 3 11 SDG 26 John Elway pass complete right to Shannon Sharpe for 23 yards (tackle by Mike Dumas) 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 1 3 SDG 3 John Elway pass incomplete 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 2 3 SDG 3 John Elway pass incomplete left intended for Willie Green. Penalty on Willie Green: Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 3 18 SDG 18 Vaughn Hebron middle for 11 yards (tackle by Rodney Harrison) 3 21 0 0 0.0
2 4 7 SDG 7 Timeout #3 by Denver Broncos 3 21 0 0
2 4 7 SDG 7 Jason Elam 25 yard field goal good 3 24 0 0 0.0
2 0:13 DEN 30 Jason Elam kicks off 70 yards, returned by Aaron Craver for 26 yards 3 24 0 0 0.0
2 1 10 SDG 24 Craig Whelihan middle for -1 yards (tackle by Keith Traylor) 3 24 0 0 0.0
End of Half32400
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail SDG DEN EPB EPA Win%
3rd Quarter
3 15:00 SDG 30 Greg Davis kicks off 65 yards, returned by Derek Loville for 27 yards 3 24 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 DEN 32 John Elway pass complete left to Shannon Sharpe for 68 yards, touchdown 3 30 0 0 0.0
3 Jason Elam kicks extra point good 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 14:37 DEN 30 Jason Elam kicks off 61 yards, returned by Kenny Bynum for 16 yards 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 SDG 25 Kenny Bynum middle for 1 yard (tackle by Neil Smith) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 2 9 SDG 26 Craig Whelihan pass complete right to Bryan Still for 10 yards (tackle by Tyrone Braxton) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 SDG 36 Craig Whelihan sacked by Alfred Williams for -8 yards 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 2 18 SDG 28 Craig Whelihan pass complete right to Eric Metcalf for 7 yards (tackle by Neil Smith and John Mobley) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 3 11 SDG 35 Craig Whelihan pass complete left to Charlie Jones for 5 yards (tackle by Darrien Gordon) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 4 6 SDG 40 Darren Bennett punts 37 yards 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 11:09 1 10 DEN 38 Vaughn Hebron right for 5 yards 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 2 5 DEN 43 Vaughn Hebron middle for 1 yard (tackle by Shawn Lee and John Parrella) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 3 4 DEN 44 Vaughn Hebron left for 1 yard (tackle by John Parrella) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 4 3 DEN 45 Tom Rouen punts 50 yards. Penalty on Michael Swift: Illegal Block, 2 yards 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 9:05 1 10 SDG 3 Kenny Bynum middle for 1 yard (tackle by Keith Traylor) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 2 9 SDG 4 Kenny Bynum right for 6 yards (tackle by John Mobley) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 3 3 SDG 10 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete middle intended for Eric Metcalf (defended by Randy Hilliard) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 4 3 SDG 10 Darren Bennett punts 52 yards, returned by Darrien Gordon for 10 yards (tackle by Michael Hamilton) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 7:42 1 10 DEN 48 Derek Loville right for 5 yards (tackle by Shawn Lee) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 2 5 SDG 47 Derek Loville right for 3 yards (tackle by Rodney Harrison and Marco Coleman) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 3 2 SDG 44 Timeout #1 by Denver Broncos 3 31 0 0
3 3 2 SDG 44 Bubby Brister pass complete right to Ed McCaffrey for 12 yards (tackle by Mike Dumas) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 SDG 32 Derek Loville left for 1 yard. Penalty on Rod Smith: Illegal Crackback, 15 yards 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 1 24 SDG 46 Bubby Brister pass complete left to Detron Smith for 9 yards (tackle by Junior Seau) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 2 15 SDG 37 Bubby Brister pass complete right to Derek Loville for 3 yards 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 3 12 SDG 34 Bubby Brister pass incomplete right intended for Ed McCaffrey 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 4 12 SDG 34 Timeout #2 by Denver Broncos 3 31 0 0
3 4 12 SDG 34 Derek Loville left for 11 yards 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 3:33 1 10 SDG 23 Craig Whelihan pass complete left to Tony Martin for 8 yards (tackle by Steve Atwater) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 2 2 SDG 31 Penalty on Marcus Price: False Start, 5 yards (no play) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 2 7 SDG 26 Aaron Craver middle for 4 yards (tackle by Neil Smith) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 3 3 SDG 30 Craig Whelihan pass complete middle to Eric Metcalf for 18 yards (tackle by Bill Romanowski and John Mobley) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 1 10 SDG 48 Kenny Bynum middle for -1 yards (tackle by Bill Romanowski) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 2 11 SDG 47 Craig Whelihan pass complete left to Kenny Bynum for 3 yards (tackle by Tyrone Braxton) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 3 8 SDG 50 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete right intended for Eric Metcalf (defended by Tyrone Braxton) 3 31 0 0 0.0
3 4 8 SDG 50 Darren Bennett punts 40 yards 3 31 0 0 0.0
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail SDG DEN EPB EPA Win%
4th Quarter
4 15:00 1 10 DEN 10 Bubby Brister pass incomplete right intended for Ed McCaffrey 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 2 10 DEN 10 Derek Loville left for 3 yards (tackle by Terrance Shaw) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 3 7 DEN 13 Bubby Brister pass complete right to Rod Smith for 15 yards (tackle by Terrance Shaw) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 DEN 28 Derek Loville left for 7 yards (tackle by Shawn Lee and Mike Dumas) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 2 3 DEN 35 Derek Loville middle for 4 yards (tackle by Marco Coleman) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 DEN 39 Detron Smith middle for 11 yards (tackle by Dorian Brew and Rodney Harrison) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 DEN 50 Derek Loville middle for 1 yard (tackle by Patrick Sapp and Van Tuinei) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 2 9 SDG 49 Bubby Brister pass incomplete right intended for Dwayne Carswell 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 3 9 SDG 49 Penalty on Terrance Shaw: Pass Interference, 7 yards (no play) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 SDG 42 Derek Loville left for 9 yards (tackle by Toran James) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 2 1 SDG 33 Derek Loville middle for 1 yard (tackle by Patrick Sapp) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 SDG 32 Detron Smith left for no gain (tackle by Patrick Sapp and Toran James) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 2 10 SDG 32 Bubby Brister pass complete right to Dwayne Carswell for 2 yards (tackle by Patrick Sapp) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 3 8 SDG 30 Bubby Brister pass complete left to Derek Loville for 7 yards (tackle by Terrance Shaw) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 4 1 SDG 23 Bubby Brister middle for 2 yards (tackle by Raylee Johnson) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 SDG 21 Derek Loville left for 8 yards (tackle by Rodney Harrison and Mike Dumas) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 2 2 SDG 13 Derek Loville middle for 4 yards (tackle by Patrick Sapp) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 1 9 SDG 9 Derek Loville middle for 3 yards (tackle by Patrick Sapp) 3 31 0 0 0.0
4 2 6 SDG 6 Derek Loville left for 6 yards, touchdown 3 37 0 0 0.0
4 Jason Elam kicks extra point good 3 38 0 0 0.0
4 4:35 DEN 30 Jason Elam kicks off 68 yards, returned by Kenny Bynum for 26 yards 3 38 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 SDG 28 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete middle intended for Charlie Jones (defended by Randy Hilliard) 3 38 0 0 0.0
4 2 10 SDG 28 Kenny Bynum middle for 2 yards (tackle by Glenn Cadrez) 3 38 0 0 0.0
4 3 8 SDG 30 Craig Whelihan pass complete right to Eric Metcalf for 27 yards (tackle by Darrius Johnson) 3 38 0 0 0.0
4 1 10 DEN 43 Kenny Bynum middle for 7 yards (tackle by Tony Veland) 3 38 0 0 0.0
4 2 3 DEN 36 Craig Whelihan pass incomplete right intended for Bryan Still (defended by Darrius Johnson) 3 38 0 0 0.0
4 3 3 DEN 36 Craig Whelihan middle for 1 yard (tackle by Harald Hasselbach) 3 38 0 0 0.0
4 4 2 DEN 35 Craig Whelihan pass complete left to Kenny Bynum for 1 yard (tackle by Randy Hilliard and Tim McKyer) 3 38 0 0 0.0
4 1:51 1 10 DEN 33 Bubby Brister middle for no gain 3 38 0 0 0.0
4 2 10 DEN 33 Bubby Brister middle for no gain 3 38 0 0 0.0
4 3 10 DEN 33 Bubby Brister middle for no gain 3 38 0 0 0.0
End of Regulation33800
Scoring plays are highlighted in green and accepted penalties are highlighted in gray, while changes of possession are denoted by a bold line. Expected points before and after are relative to the team possessing the ball at the start of the play (though kickoffs are assumed to be in possession of the receiving team).