A Royal Triumph, Broncos Beat Chargers

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Broncos coach 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 today.

The Chargers lost in the final seconds for the second straight week.

Trailing 38-31, the Broncos reached the Chargers' 1 but on third-and-goal, the ball slipped from Cutler's hands, off the grass and into linebacker Tim Dobbins' hands.

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 Cutler again found Royal in the end zone for the game-winner.