NFL: San Diego 29, Denver 24

Oct. 9, 2011 at 9:10 PM

DENVER, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Philip Rivers threw for 250 yards and a touchdown Sunday, helping the San Diego Chargers outlast the Tim Tebow-led Denver Broncos 29-24.

Ryan Mathews carried the ball 24 times, gaining 125 rushing yards, and Nick Novak connected on five field goals for the Chargers (4-1).

Tebow replaced Kyle Orton in the second half and guided the Broncos on a comeback try, scoring 14 straight points in the fourth quarter to pull within five points.

The Denver signal-caller launched a desperation pass into the end zone for the win with no time remaining, but it fell incomplete.

Tebow tossed for 79 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a score while Willis McGahee gained for 125 yards rushing for the Broncos (1-4).

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