The Denver Broncos won the opening coin toss again for what seems like the 100th time this season and, predictably, elected to defer possession to the second half where they have started the third quarter with a three and out in nine games this season.
For the Los Angeles Chargers, they opened their first drive with back-to-back carries by Austin Ekeler for 12 yards. However, they faced a third and seven two plays later where Justin Herbert rolled outside where he was chased down and sacked by Alex Singleton to force a punt.
One the Broncos first possession, they were backed up inside their own 10-yard line. Russell Wilson hit Marvin Mims Jr. in the flat who was never able to catch the ball and had it intercepted to set the Chargers up in scoring position at the 13.
After stuffing Austin Ekeler for a two yard loss and giving up a 9 yard pass, the Broncos were faced with stopping Los Angeles and a third and three where Herbert would be pressured from behind and missed the pass. On fourth and three, the Chargers misfired on a pass in the back of the end zone where P.J. Locke was able to break up the pass.
Basically starting over as if the interception next happened, the Broncos gave their first-down hand off to Javonte Williams who rumbled for a nice gain out to the 19 yard line for a first down. A quick slant to Jerry Jeudy and an inside hand off to Williams netted another first down out to the 30-yard line.
Two plays later Russell Wilson found Courtland Sutton open in the flat for a 16-yard gain out across midfield. They would be faced with a third and five where Wilson, from the shotgun, would no like what he saw downfield and tried to dump it off short where it fell incomplete.
Riley Dixon nailed the punt where it was downed inside the 10-yard line. The Chargers were faced with a third and seven, but Baron Browning was able to tip the ball up in the air where Jonathan Cooper was able to intercept it at the Chargers three-yard line.
Javonte Williams would take the very next play into the end zone to put the Broncos up 7-0 late in the first quarter.
Broncos 7, Chargers 0.
The Chargers woke up a bit from their slumber and had moved out near midfield, but Ja’Quan McMillian flew unblocked on the outside for a massive sack on Justin Herbert to force them into a third and 15. The screen pass worked out nicely for a 12 yard gain, but the fourth down would bring out the punt unit.
The first quarter would end with Denver picking up their first third down conversion in two weeks.