DENVER (AP) - Playing with house money, Mike Shanahan went for
the 2-point conversion with 29 seconds left and Jay Cutler hit
rookie Eddie Royal over the middle to give the Denver Broncos a
39-38 win over the stunned San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
The Chargers (0-2) didn't believe they should have lost in the
final seconds for the second straight week.
Trailing 38-31, the Broncos (2-0) reached the Chargers' 1 but on
third-and-goal, Cutler reared back to throw and the ball slipped
out of his hands, bounced off the grass and into linebacker Tim
But referee Ed Hochuli blew his whistle, apparently ruling it an
incomplete pass. After a review, Hochuli said that the Broncos
would keep the ball because his whistle had blown the play dead.
The Broncos got the ball at the 10-yard line, where it had hit the
grass out of Cutler's hands.
Two plays later, Cutler hit Royal for the TD to make it 38-37.
Instead of going for the tie, however, Shanahan kept his offense
on the field and, 75,000-plus fans at Invesco Field holding their
breath, Cutler again found Royal in the end zone for the
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