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


Fowler played for Michigan State from 2010 to 2013 before going undrafted in 2014 and later signed as an undrafted free agent by the Broncos. "The Chargers having no major injuries (yet) and a significantly better quarterback are the differences in this game". Charles dropped the ball after being stopped on a eight-yard gain and the Chargers recovered.

Meanwhile, the Chargers' defense made Siemian look like a potential Pro Bowler. A freaky series of decisions from the Chargers in terms of clock management allowed time to melt away (they waited for a measurement on one play then ran on third-and-1 despite having less than a minute on the clock) but a pass interference penalty got them in field goal range. The Broncos are counting on his tenacity and energy being positives while Bolles learns how to avoid penalties - something that was a problem in their second preseason game when he was whistled for holding three times in the first half.

The Chargers lost after Younghoe Koo's potentially game-tying 44-yard field goal was blocked in the final seconds, but the team reached that unlikely opportunity thanks to strong defensive line play from Ingram and Joey Bosa.

The Broncos missed the playoffs last season after winning the Super Bowl following the 2015 campaign and once again will revolve around a defense led by star linebacker Von Miller. At that time the Chargers offense had been smothered almost into submission.

Trevor Siemian also enters tonight's game with a healthy arsenal of skill players. He scrambled for yards. In a week where Alex Smith outplayed Tom Brady and Dak Prescott skunked Eli Manning, Siemian was better than Rivers, a Hall of Fame candidate.

"I've learned pretty quickly nothing's certain, especially when you're playing a guy like Philip Rivers on the other sideline", Siemian said.

With the score 24-7 and the Chargers squatting on a 4th-and-1, desperate to try and pick up a yard to stay alive, they ran Gordon right into the middle. Denver bottled up Melvin Gordon and Branden Oliver.

A funky interception by Siemian gave the Chargers' hope, setting in motion a greasy series of events. Siemian had a pass bounce off Chargers safety Desmond King's shoe and into the hands of teammate Adrian Phillips. That game set the tone of the year when the Chargers rallied from a 24-6 deficit, thanks in part to Stanley Richard returning an interception 99 yards for a score just before halftime. It marked the first time that Denver has missed the postseason since 2010. Even with wide receivers Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin back in the lineup, the passing attack will have a tough row to hoe against the NFL's best pass defense led by elite cornerbacks Chris Harris, Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby. Harris' paw allowed the Broncos to clench the victory in their fist.