In a game that was controlled by the Denver Broncos through three quarters, a series of miscues and failed opportunities led to a Los Angeles Chargers comeback in the fourth quarter.
The Chargers drove down for the tying field goal attempt and the Broncos held on for the 24-21 victory.
The Broncos offense controlled the first part of the quarter, having little trouble moving the ball. Trevor Siemian connected with Bennie Fowler for a touchdown to put the Broncos up early.
However, the Chargers responded with a drive of their own that was aided by a 40-yard pass interference penalty on Bradley Roby to close out the quarter down near the Broncos goalline.
Broncos 7, Chargers 0.
On the very first play of the second quarter, Phillips Rivers punched it in with a short pass to Melvin Gordon for the touchdown.
The Broncos would respond with a drive of their own after Isaiah McKenzie fielded his first punt return and took it 31-yards to set Denver up with excellent field position. Trevor Siemian would pick up some critical third downs, while C.J. Anderson would establish himself as the workhorse in this game.
Ultimately, Siemian would run for a touchdown on that drive for the only other score of the quarter.
Broncos 14, Chargers 7.
With the Chargers receiving the second half kickoff, they had a chance to regain some momentum in this game. Bradley Roby and the No Fly Zone had other ideas, picking off a Phillip Rivers pass to set the Broncos up with great field position.
Trevor Siemian and the offense took full advantage; marching down the field and scoring a touchdown to go up two scores over Los Angeles.
The Broncos defense then proceeded to harass and frustrate Rivers and the Chargers; quickly getting the ball back for the offense who marched down the field to put up some more points to end the quarter.
Broncos 24, Chargers 7.
With desperation in mind, the Chargers come out attacking the Broncos defense. They quickly moved out near midfield, but were stopped short on third down.
On fourth down, the Chargers tried to stuff the ball down the Broncos throat. Todd Davis exploded through the gap and hit Melvin Gordon as soon as he received the handoff from Rivers.
On the very next series, Siemian throws an interception to Fowler who was clearly held and interfered with. Instead, the Chargers get the ball with excellent field position.
The Chargers would march straight down the field for the touchdown with Rivers throwing to Keenan Allen in the back of the end zone.
Broncos 24, Chargers 14.
The Broncos, via a Jamaal Charles fumble, would give the ball right back to the Chargers. Rivers would immediately go deep to Travis Benjamin for the quick-strike touchdown.
Broncos 24, Chargers 21.
Two touchdowns in a minute and ten seconds is not exactly how you close out a home win on Monday Night Football.
Trevor Siemian responds on the Broncos next series by going vertical to Virgil Green down to the Chargers 30-yard line for 44-yards. A penalty against the Chargers set the Broncos up at the Chargerts 16-yard line.
Siemian would get sacked on back-to-back plays to end the drive and to force a field goal attempt from Brandon McManus. McManus missed the 50-yard field goal and the Chargers comeback continued.
The Broncos defenses responded with a stop to force a punt with about three minutes to go in the game, putting the drama of the game on the shoulders of the offense. Siemian and the offense would promptly go three and out.
After converting a fourth down, time was running out for the Chargers but a pass interference call on Bradley Roby all but sealed a field goal attempt for the Chargers.
Broncos iced the rookie kicker and he missed via a block from Shelby Harris to end the game.
Broncos 24, Chargers 21.