Broncos Hang On to Edge Chargers
Pat Strathman - September 12, 2017 6:41 am
After trailing 24-7 going into the fourth quarter, the Los Angeles Chargers stormed back to set up a game-tying field goal.
Kicker Younghoe Koo drilled the 44-yarder, but Denver head coach Vance Joseph called a timeout right before the attempt.
That allowed defensive end Shelby Harris to get a hand on the second attempt to seal the Broncos’ 24-21 victory over the Chargers in their season opener.
Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian looked sharp to open 2017. He connected with wide out Bennie Fowler III on a five-yard TD pass in the first frame. Siemian followed that up with a one-yard plunge into the end zone to give Denver a 14-7 cushion at the half.
Siemian’s excellent play continued in the third stanza, finding Fowler III again for a six-yard score. Kicker Brandon McManus nailed a 20-yard field goal as time expired in the quarter, putting the Broncos ahead 24-7.
The Chargers didn’t go away and forced two Denver turnovers. Siemian tossed an interception and former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles fumbled the ball away. LA quarterback Phillip Rivers threw two touchdowns, but the comeback fell short.
Siemian completed 17 of his 28 passes for 219 yards and two TD’s. Tailback C.J. Anderson carried the ball 20 times for 81 yards. Wide out Demaryius Thomas hauled in five catches for 67 yards.
Denver hosts the Dallas Cowboys next on September 17. Kickoff is at 3:25 with pregame at 1:05 on Real Country 101.7.