MNF (Doubleheader Game 2): DENVER BRONCOS vs LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
DENVER BRONCOS vs LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
By: Robert L. Porter Jr.
Game 2 of our Monday night doubleheader is a battle of 2 rookie head coaches. Denver’s Vance Joseph faces off with the Chargers Anthony Lynn. Von Miller and his defense looks to spoil Philip Rivers first game as an LA Charger.
The Broncos received the ball to start the game and doesn’t do much with it. The Chargers did the same with their first drive. On Denver’s 2nd drive QB Trevor Siemian led a solid drive down the field and capped it off with a short TD pass to Wide out Bennie Fowler putting the Broncos up 7-0. The Chargers had trouble with the crowd noise but found some rhythm late in the quarter. Melvin Gordon had 8 carries for 41 yards and has them in the red zone as the quarter ends.
The first play of the 2nd quarter was an 11 yard TD from Rivers to Gordon to even us up a 7 apiece. With 5:27 remaining in the half, a play action at the 1 yard line allowed Siemian to juke Joey Bosa and walk in for a Broncos TD to take the lead 14-7.
A Chargers punt with under 2 minutes gave the Broncos the ball with 3 timeouts and a chance at some points before the half. After a 2nd down sack they decided to just take their 7 point lead into halftime.
After a Philip Rivers interception by Bradley Roby stalled a promising LA drive, Siemian moves his team down the field and throws another TD to Bennie Fowler this time from 6 yard out making it 21-7 Broncos. After a few good defensive plays the crowd comes alive again and the communication issues for the Chargers do as well.
A quick 3 and out gets the Ball back to Denver’s offense. What was maybe the best drive of the game for the Broncos, Siemian made sharp throws down field and found his team knocking on the door again for more points. A Chargers defensive stand holds them to a Brandon McManus field goal pushing the score to 24-7 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Chargers came out in the 4th going no huddle but a huge 4th and 1 stop by that Denver defense ended that drive near mid field. With a 17 point lead the Broncos looked to chew up the clock but an interception on a screen pass attempt gave Los Angeles the ball back. A quick slant to Keenan Allen for the TD cuts the lead down to 10 points.
A good return on the ensuing kickoff sets Denver up near the 40 yard line but a Jamaal Charles fumble sets LA up to get back in this game. On the first play after the fumble, Rivers hit Travis Benjamin from 38 yards out to make it a 21-24 game. On Denver’s next drive a 44 yard pass to Virgil Green plus 15 yards on the roughing the passer call puts Denver at the 16 yard line. The drive stalled and a missed 50 yard field goal by McManus sets Rivers up to go for the win but the Broncos step up and make the stop to force the punt.
With 3 minutes remaining the Broncos can only burn 1 minute off the clock and goes 3 and out. The Chargers get the ball at the 2 minute warning. Tough defense puts LA in 4th and 1 again but Melvin Gordon picked it up and the drive continued. with 5 seconds remaining rookie kicker Younghoe Koo attempted a 44 yard field goal to sent it into overtime and made it but Vance Joseph called timeout to ice him. The next attempt didn’t go as well, Denver blocks the kick and holds on to win this Monday night thriller.
BEST FINISH OF OPENING WEEK BY FAR !!!!!!!
STARS OF THE GAME
Trevor Siemian – 17/28 219 yards 2 TDs 1 INT
Bennie Fowler – 3 rec 21 yards 2 TDs
Philip Rivers – 22/33 192 yards 3 TDs 1 INT
BRONCOS 24 – CHARGERS 21