Vance Joseph endures tense ending to win Broncos debut

Vance Joseph endures tense ending to win Broncos debut

"[We] had a great fourth down stop and we didn't get too many of those previous year", teammate Von Miller said after the game. "I hope it's a good game, but I'm not losing any sleep over it". And why not? The Chargers were 1-155 in their history when trailing by 17 or more in the fourth quarter and Denver was 175-0-1 with a fourth-quarter lead of 17 or more. Being that it's week one and the majority of both teams are still intact I'll say the Bolts win 31-24. "We thought it was over and then the next thing you know it's a three-point game and they're getting ready to tie ... and it's about to go into overtime".

Fowler, now playing wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Trevor Trevor Siemian on Denver's way to a 24 to 21 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

It wasn't a game with the ridiculous stats that Alex Smith or Sam Bradford put up, but Siemian was efficient, threw two touchdown passes, ran one in, and his only interception of the day was a goofy tip drill that bounced off two shoes.

Koo made good contact on the second attempt as well, but Harris was right there to block it with the right side of his hand.

Siemian quickly moved the Broncos 43 yards downfield capped by his second scoring pass to Fowler, a 6-yarder with 10:27 left in the third quarter. The interception was caused by the Broncos' pass rush. "Everyone gets an opportunity". Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates combined for 99 yards on just eight catches. They're as good as it gets. The Broncos' defense is tough, but they are missing a few key players like Shane Ray and possibly Derek Wolfe. "These guys who played with Peyton and are still here, they all have high football IQs".

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The Chargers have now lost their past four straight appearances on Monday Night Football and are 22-23 all time in the prime-time contest. Siemian had a 82.1 quarterback rating, which was substantially better than Rivers' 60.8 quarterback rating.

Matt Bryant kicked three field goals, with Devonta Freeman also running in a five-yard score for the visitors, while touchdowns from Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen and a Connor Barth field goal were in vain for the Bears. After a big play by the Chargers defense to stop Denver, Rivers struck again when he got the ball back.

Prior to the fourth quarter, it was a slow grind for the Chargers with both Rivers and Melvin Gordon struggling to keep the team moving. The Broncos can't, and won't, count on field goal kickers missing chip shots the rest of the season.

New Nuggets power forward Paul Millsap was among the Broncos' visitors Monday night. While the Broncos got off to a fast start against LA, the team narrowly won as the Chargers' rookie kicker had a game-tying field goal blocked.

PHILIP RIVERS AND the Los Angeles Chargers made things interesting late in Monday's AFC West showdown with the Broncos, but the Denver defense came up big with the game on the line to seal a 24-21 victory. He'll get the Cowboys in Week 2. Sep.