The Broncos defense was also able to get off the field on nine of Los Angeles' 12 third-down conversion attempts, and in total the Chargers were limited to a mere 249 yards of offense, even with the late-game surge.
"'Trev" played great. [The] interception that he threw, it could've been easily a hold or PI or something", the veteran cornerback said, who knows a thing or two about pass interference.
With five seconds left, Koo stepped out for a potential tying 44-yard kick. It's like, one, two, three, put your hand up. For once, they appeared willing to let someone else do the Chargering for them, as the Denver Broncos tried to give away the game after stopping the Chargers on 4th-and-1 during the middle of the fourth quarter. With veterans such as Chris Harris, Aqib Talib, and of course Von Miller, this defense should still be one of the best in the NFL. "Him calling that timeout was huge". It marked the first time two black head coaches worked their first National Football League game against each other. They'll look to rebound, and do it from a new location - as the Chargers have moved to Los Angeles for the 2017 season.
"We just waited too long to get started", Philip Rivers said. "We were going pretty good and just came up short". Look for all those numbers to go up this year. "I don't think that way". After a slightly overthrown pass to Emmanuel Sanders, Siemian connected with Bennie Fowler for the first touchdown of the season giving the Broncos a 7-0 lead.
Rivers completed 22 of 33 for 192 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
The Chargers then forced a second straight turnover when linebacker Korey Toomer stripped the ball from Jamaal Charles, with Hayward scooping it up and returning it 11 yards. We've had recent success against this team with less on offense and more on their defense. On the next play, Rivers connected with a streaking Travis Benjamin, who got behind safety Darian Stewart, for the touchdown with 7:00 remaining.
"Well, the game was in firm control for about three quarters", Joseph said after the win, via transcripts distributed by the team.
One quick step and Gordon, the third-year running back for the Los Angeles Chargers, was deep into the secondary for a 21-yard gain.
Siemian's TD run was the first rushing score by a Broncos quarterback since Brock Osweiler had a 7-yard scoring run against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 20, 2015.
The Broncos nearly gave this one away. The good thing for both Rivers and Gordon is the offensive line is back, with the addition of rookie Dan Feeney for early depth and an eventual starter at guard.
For our Monday Night Football nightcap we have a couple of AFC also-rans from last season with new head coaches but likely the same path to mediocrity or worse ahead of them.
Siemian threw a pass in the flat intended for running back C.J. Anderson. Projected starting defensive end Jared Crick missed Monday's game because of a back injury.