ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A month ago, the questions about Brian Dawkins were how seemingly ageless he was, making plays at 37 like he did when he was 24.

After his performance Monday night at San Diego, fans were left to wonder if time has quickly caught up to the four-time All-Pro safety who remains one of the game's hardest hitters when he's not left grasping at — and gasping for — air.

Dawkins' swing and miss at receiver Patrick Crayton resulted in a 40-yard touchdown strike that gave the Chargers a two-touchdown halftime lead. He looked even worse later when he failed to take down Darren Sproles, who sprinted 57 yards for score after Dawkins failed to bring him down in the flat.

The Broncos are kissing it off to a bad game by a great player, not a harbinger that his playing days are coming to a close.