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Tightrope pick from Butler helps Chargers avoid 21-point hole

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With the Broncos trying to extend their lead to 21-0 at the half, quarterback Peyton Manning threw the ball to receiver Eric Decker.

But safety Darrell Stuckey had a hand on Decker’s chest.  The ball hit Stuckey’s arm and bounced into the air.

Enter linebacker Donald Butler, who tapped the ball to himself with his right hand, secured it with both, tapped his toes just inside the back of the end zone, cradled the pigskin as he fell, and held onto it after he hit.

The turnover gives the Chargers a bit of a lift, even though they trail by 14 and Denver gets the ball to start the second half.

For Manning, it was the first red-zone interception he has thrown all year.  And it was the second turnover of the half for Denver.

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16 Responses to “Tightrope pick from Butler helps Chargers avoid 21-point hole”
  1. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 12, 2014 6:06 PM

    Decker needs to catch that.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 12, 2014 6:07 PM

    Very curious clock management by both teams to end that half. Yikes and boring. But you could tell Denver felt overly compelled to try and boost that Manning passing statistic. That would have been something.

  3. leatherface2012 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:09 PM

    since when did they start having ads during football games?

  4. ryann252013 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:09 PM

    Anyone notice Rivers taking a knee with the gatorade cup? lol

  5. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:32 PM

    Ugh. I know complaining about announcers is overdone, but man, Phil Simms, will you please be quiet for a period longer than one second?

  6. badmoonrison says: Jan 12, 2014 6:34 PM

    Seapigeons/Donkey Superbowl. Been saying it since week 14…book it.

  7. it's all bs says: Jan 12, 2014 6:42 PM

    badmoonrison says:
    Jan 12, 2014 6:34 PM
    Seapigeons/Donkey Superbowl. Been saying it since week 14…book it.


    well I like it:)

  8. irishgary says: Jan 12, 2014 6:46 PM

    this might be the most boring playoff game I’ve ever watched.

  9. TheWizard says: Jan 12, 2014 6:48 PM

    It’s going to be little tougher next week than this pillow fight the Chargers are putting up.

    Like the Saints yesterday, the Chargers have done nothing to show they belong in this game.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:50 PM

    Looks like the Denver D showed up this week too. Manning is putting on a clinic for Rivers.

  11. truthfactory says: Jan 12, 2014 6:54 PM

    Decker first trips over his own feet and then the ball bounces off the chest to take away at least the FG. Both some flukey plays.

  12. jaxdolfan says: Jan 12, 2014 6:54 PM

    It would be really cool if the NFL let you show some footage of these stories.

    /captain obvious signing out

  13. lesterclan says: Jan 12, 2014 6:56 PM

    Common, Peyton! You can do it! Only one more quarter and you can match Tim Tebow with the same number of playoff wins for Denver!!

  14. chargersdiehard says: Jan 12, 2014 9:30 PM

    Congrats. See you next year.

  15. davikes says: Jan 12, 2014 9:48 PM

    I would have been nice if the refs saw J. Thomas get tackled on that play. Still don’t understand how they missed that.

  16. hawkforlife says: Jan 12, 2014 10:02 PM

    @ taintedsaints2009

    Thank you dude. I can’t stand that monotonous, egomaniac loudmouth. I cannot understand why he’s the #1 color commentator on CBS.

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