Trailing by 17 points going into the fourth quarter, the Chargers scored 14 points in little more than a minute after forcing Denver turnovers.
Facing a fourth-and-one early in the fourth quarter of Monday Night Football, the Los Angeles Chargers lined up to go for it against the Denver Broncos' defense near midfield. "The Chargers having no major injuries (yet) and a significantly better quarterback are the differences in this game".
Outlook: The Monday night nightcap of the NFL's opening weekend could be hugely important in the grand scope of this season, as both the Chargers and Broncos look like possible playoff contenders in the NFL's best division.
It appears some of the Broncos' rushing woes may have been fixed. Garett Bolles made an impressive debut as he was continually left to block one-on-one against either Joey Bosa or Melvin Ingram of the Chargers.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was sacked five times, two of those to Terrell Suggs, as the Ravens produced a shut-out to send a daunting message to the rest of the league.
There should be no more quarterback controversy after Siemian's outing against the Chargers. Hardly. Were it not for Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward's sudden butterfingers, a first-quarter throw might have gone the other way.
Every win counts the same, but this one serves as a reminder of how fragile the 2017 Broncos can be if either terrible luck or a flailing offense comes at the worst time. They were unable to close out the game as the team turned the ball over twice in the final quarter.
This was more of the same for the Chargers, a team that had five losses by four points or less last season.
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The miracle play saved the Broncos from an all-time collapse and allowed them to escape with a 24-21 win. "The great thing about this business as coaches is you've got to make tough decisions from time to time".
Fowler was put on notice when the Broncos drafted wide receivers Carlos Henderson and Isaiah McKenzie, but he earned the job as Denver's No. 3 pass catcher behind Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. Then the offense started to putter out and the defense began to give up big plays.
After three quarters, Rivers had thrown for only 60 yards. Denver also had flaunted a power run game, and its defense was dominant, holding the Chargers to 115 yards.
Cody Latimer continues to shine on special teams.
With two minutes left, Rivers marched the Chargers into field goal position with the hopes of overtime.
"Our goal from the spring, since Mike [McCoy] came in was to develop the running game, you can see it", head coach Vance Joseph explained. If Von Miller inspires fashion designers, Siemian looks made for flip flops, a worn Cubs ballcap and a pair of Dockers.
Joe Woods did a decent job of containing the Chargers.
The Chiefs and Broncos have tough tests for Week 2 as KC will take on the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver will face the Dallas Cowboys.
Defensive end Shelby Harris, who forced himself onto the roster with a strong training camp, blocked Younghoe Koo's 44-yard field goal attempt to preserve the triumph.