CARSON, Calif. — Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco has repeatedly said the offense was “close, right there” to some big plays and Sunday they got one on their second possession of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Flacco and Courtland Sutton combined for a 70-yard catch-and-run touchdown to give the Broncos a 14-0 lead with 4 minutes, 48 seconds remaining in the first quarter. It was the Broncos’ longest offensive play since Bennie Fowler had a 76-yard reception against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016.

The Broncos were in a second-and-12 at their own 30-yard line — running back Phillip Lindsay had lost 2 yards on the previous play — in a three wide receiver set. All three receivers were lined up to Flacco’s left, with Sutton in the slot.

The two receivers outside of Sutton both ran routes in toward the middle of the field and Sutton cut to the sideline in the space vacated by the Chargers’ defenders. He reeled in Flacco’s pass on the Chargers’ sideline, broke a tackle and finished off the touchdown play.

It was Sutton’s third touchdown catch of the season, making him the team leader.


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