Philip Rivers' late-game comeback falls short in loss to Broncos


Prediction: Chargers 30 Broncos 20. A Chargers interception and a fumble by Jamaal Charles opened the door for Rivers and the men from Los Angeles.

The disappointment the Chargers endured last season probably paled in comparison to that of the Broncos. It was the team's biggest highlight in an uneven first half - one that ended with Denver holding a 14-7 lead. The pass rushing duo of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are a nightmare for even the best lineman and should cause disruption all night in Denver.

The Chargers took over at Denver's 38-yard line. After an Anderson touchdown was called back, Siemian connected with Fowler again for the touchdown. Trevor Siemian returns as Denver's starting quarterback.

Matthew Stafford was in imperious form with four touchdown passes for 292 yards to guide the Detroit Lions to a 35-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals, while the Oakland Raiders overcame Tennessee Titans 26-16 and the Buffalo Bills were 21-12 winners over the New York Jets. "We know we're a better team than we displayed in that third and fourth quarter".

Garett Bolles, the Broncos' first-round draft pick, made his debut alongside free-agent acquisitions Ron Leary and Menelik Watson on the offensive line, a group general manager John Elway prioritized in upgrading during the offseason. They were 3-for-5 on red zone TDs on the night, an improvement on their 46.81 percent average in 2016.

Then, for Siemian and the offense, bad went to worse when Siemian forced a pass to Fowler short, which popped up and was intercepted by the Chargers at Denver's 43, while Fowler was interfered with.

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They haven't won here since 2013, and hiring a new head coach or moving to a new city didn't change the luck of the Los Angeles Chargers.

So if you have tickets, you can catch the game at Mile High Stadium. But the Chargers came back in the fourth quarter and it all came down to a blocked field goal attempt.

Later, Siemian could not convert on a third-and-three toss to C.J.

REPEAT PERFORMANCE: This game was reminiscent of last season's opener, when the Broncos beat Carolina as Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field goal with 4 seconds left.

Down three points, Rivers led the Chargers on a two-minute drill to the Broncos' 26-yard line with two seconds remaining, setting up a potential game-tying field goal from kicker Koo Young-hoe. Antonio Gates, a touchdown away from the record for most scored by tight end in National Football League history, and Hunter Henry will be mismatches for the Broncos linebackers. Additionally, Denver was not really tested on short yardage third-down situations - a major weakness previous year.