It all came down to a 44 yard field goal.
Vance Joseph's icing of Koo made him a victor in his head coaching debut with the Broncos and allowed Denver to withstand a furious fourth-quarter rally led by the Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. How successful that will be scheme-wise is hard to tell here before game one, but there's no question, even with the loss of safety T.J. Ward, this is one of the most talented defenses in the NFL.
Two head coaching debuts and the first woman to call a nationally televised NFL game made Monday night a historical one. "We're going to fix that".
No arguments from Anthony Lynn, who also was making his head coaching debut for the Chargers. We've been on both sides of those kind of games when teams start roaring back like that, it's like, "uh oh". "We were going pretty good and just came up short".
There was a real point in time when the Broncos were considering starting Paxton Lynch over Trevor Siemian, or at least desperately trying to make it a competition. He went head first a couple of times which I don't like.
"We have to finish better", cornerback Aqib Talib said.
When the Chargers finally broke their scoring drought midway through the fourth quarter, Keenan Allen incurred a taunting penalty - throwing the ball after his five-yard touchdown catch.
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Philip Rivers tossed three touchdowns to help keep Los Angeles in the game, finishing the night 22-for-33 through the air. 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. He could easily find himself in the Los Angeles backfield early and often again tonight against a retooled Chargers offensive line that once again is dealing with injuries at the outset of the season. Phillip Rivers lost Keenan Allen in the opener past year, and Melvin Gordon failed to finish the season with multiple injuries.
Vance Joseph watched his team go from cruising along to a almost colossal collapse over a nightmarish fourth quarter.
With 11:06 left in the first quarter of the Chargers' season opener on the road against the Denver Broncos, a miked official could be heard saying, "First charged timeout.to San Diego". The Broncos lead the series 7-5 and have won the past five meetings.
One reason for the Broncos' decline in 2016 was a lackluster rushing attack. They started their first drive on their own 25-yard line after a touchback.
The Denver Broncos fended off a furious comeback Monday night.
How much does former Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamal Charles still have in the tank?
The awareness of Siemian to get the play off quickly, roll out and put the pass in a spot where Fowler could go up and get it, along with the surprising arm strength to get the ball back there while on the run - there might be a little more upside to Siemian running this offense than most people thought.
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