So...if you were like me, you watched the first quarter and a half of the 3-0 game in favor of the Broncos knowing that any minute the defensive stand would break down and the lead would go south if the offense didn’t start getting first downs.
At least one.
And then, just like that, it was 14-3 right before the half as Justin Herbert dropped two quick TD passes on two drives with under two minutes to play - and our worst nightmares seemed to be unfolding.
Halftime. Time to make dinner and do something productive to not think about the ensuing disaster.
He has 9.5 games to show us differently, but the Lock experiment is definitely hard to defend right now. https://t.co/xyq0eHOmKv— Doctor of Words (and tights) (@docllv) November 1, 2020
Second half begins, and with hardly any effort at all, Chargers go up 21-3.
And with zero effort at all, the Broncos offense turns in another useless drive and gives the ball right back. Chargers can only yield three as the defense proves a little too much for the rookie QB.
But the 24-3 score with most of the second half to go means turning off the TV in favor of a stress-free dinner.
Wait! Phillip Lindsay breathes life into the suffocating Broncos offense, busting open a 55-yard touchdown run. Keep that TV on!
Broncos D forces another punt, but Lock throws an interception on 2nd-and-8.
But the Broncos defense gets it back on a Bryce Callahan interception IN THE END ZONE. Indigestion is definitely a distinct possibility.
Penalties plague the offense on the first plays of the drive to finish out the third quarter.
But as the fourth quarter starts, and the second play takes shape, Jerry Jeudy does Jerry Jeudy things and turns 3rd-and-16 into a gain of 43 into Chargers territory. No more dinner is getting eaten.
Then it’s Fant, Lindsay, Hamilton, oh my! But not “oh my!” just “O!” as in, “Albert O for the TD!”
24-17 and it’s definitely time for another beer - or maybe the leftover Halloween vodka jello shots?
Chargers march down the field on the next drive all the way to Denver’s 17, but a 15-yard penalty, then a sack and an incomplete pass force the Chargers to settle for another field goal to go up two scores, 27-17, with just under eight minutes in the game.
OK, probably time to clean the kitchen and not get too worked up about a comeback. It will only cause more disap...wait! Is that? Is that? OMG, it’s a deep slant over the middle to Hamilton, who turns on the jets and ... can he? will he? YES! Touchdown!
Broncos close the gap 27-24. Where are those jello shots?
Chargers chew up five minutes to drive 60 yards but Bradley Chubb will deny them a shot (hehe) at the end zone as he sacks Herbert and forces a field goal two plays later.
Chargers 30, Broncos 24. Two-and-a-half minutes to play for the win. Ugh. I remember there being more of a vodka taste in this jello?
3rd-and-1, Gordon up the middle for 10. Whew.
3rd-and-8, incomplete but PI! Offense stays alive. I’m dying.
3rd-and-5, 4-yard pass to Gordon. Short of the first, but replay official reverses. New set of downs, 27 seconds, definitely needed more vodka in this jello.
3rd-and-4, incomplete, 13 seconds. Kill me now.
4th-and-4 from the 18, incomplete, that’s it. Hate this stupid game of football.
Wait?! A penalty? Pass Inter-freakin-ference?!? Oh how I love football!
1st-and-goal on the 1 with one second. Why is it so hot in here?
Shotgun, omg he’s rolling out, we’re passing, who’s there? there’s Hamler falling backward, TOUCHDOWN!!!!
Extra point, WE WIN, WE WIN, WE WIN! OMG, WE WIN!
Totally expected it the whole time. Who turned off the AC?!?!?
Wow, holy shit! What an incredible comeback! This team has heart man!— Graham Glasgow (@gglasgow61) November 2, 2020
The Broncos, who have won 3 of their last 4 games, posted only their fifth 21+point comeback in team history today with their 31-30 win over the Chargers after trailing 24-3.— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) November 2, 2020
It was their largest comeback since 2012 when they overcame a 24-0 deficit to defeat the Chargers 35-24. pic.twitter.com/nVUJY7uGp8
Love my team and love the fight. A win is a win!!— Justin Simmons (@jsimms1119) November 2, 2020
"Don't be booing too early." https://t.co/CWzAlgicW1— Doctor of Words (and tights) (@docllv) November 2, 2020
This team is SPECIAL. The ULTIMATE measure of a team is not tested in times of comfort and convenience, yet it’s tested in times of Challenge and controversy!!! (24-3) We will NOT stop. Get on the train or don’t, it’s going to keep rollin! @Broncos— Dalton Risner (@Dalton_Risner66) November 2, 2020
When the love is real the fight is realer, love going to work with theses guys! https://t.co/Qn8Pr3m6fB— Jerry Attaochu (@JAttaochu45) November 2, 2020
What a day for the Broncos rookies. Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler and Albert O all made HUGE plays. Something might've happened this afternoon at Mile High.— Matt Schubert (@MattDSchubert) November 2, 2020
It’s never about how you start...— DeMarcus Walker (@livinglegend_44) November 2, 2020
Where the real broncos fans at— Shelby Harris (@ShelbyHarris93) November 2, 2020
Easier to defend.— Doctor of Words (and tights) (@docllv) November 2, 2020
Never in doubt ;)
Phillip Lindsay said he knew Broncos would win after his 55-yard TD. Be honest...when did you know?
This poll is closed
C’mon...before the game even started!
Before their last drive. I knew that was ending in a winning TD.
After Lindsay’s TD
After Jeudy’s huge first-down play
Get real...not until after the clock hit 0:00 and there were no yellow flags on the field