Chargers vs. Broncos: Live Updates, Score and Highlights for Monday Night Football


2:20am UTC Sep 12, 2017Denver
Michelle Bruton

It was an eventful but not particularly well-played game between the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers as the Broncos prevailed 24-21 in the final seconds when Los Angeles rookie kicker Younghoe Koo missed the field goal. The kicker, pun intended, was that Koo made his first attempt, but Denver got a timeout in. The Chargers looked all but out of the game at the end of the third, trailing 24-7, but two Philip Rivers touchdowns early in the fourth kept their hopes alive. Ultimately, however, the Broncos escaped, barely, with a win without having to go to overtime.

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    Final: Broncos 24, Chargers 21

    In a game that devolved into chaos by the fourth quarter, the Chargers scored 14 points in less than two minutes to cut Denver's lead to a field goal. In the final seconds, Los Angeles brought rookie kicker Younghoe Koo out for his first NFL FG attempt, which was good...but the Broncos called a timeout. Koo missed his second timeout and the Broncos won 24-21.

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    😱 HE MISSED 😱

    On his second attempt, Koo misses the 44-yard field goal and the Chargers will come up three points short.

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  6. September 12, 2017
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    Denver Ices the Rookie Kicker

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    Do We Smell an OT?

    Chargers have one more shot to find the end zone and otherwise they'll be trying the FG to tie it up 24-24 and go into OT.

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    Chargers' Play Calls Puzzling, to Say the Least

    Los Angeles is facing 4th-and-1 with less than a minute left. It all comes down to this play.

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    Now Broncos Have to Punt

    Some strange playcalling toward the end of the game here brings us to the two minute warning, when Rivers and the Chargers will have the chance to orchestrate a two-minute drill to win the game or at the very least send it into overtime.

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    Chargers Punt and Broncos Can Breathe a Little Easier

    But it ain't over 'til it's over

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    Nail. Biter.

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    The Broncos are in trouble now. McManus misses the FG from 50 yards and the Chargers, down 3, will get the ball and a chance to win at midfield with 4 minutes remaining in the game.

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    Chargers Score After the Turnover!!!

    Los Angeles is making the most of its breaks as Rivers and Benjamin connect on a 38-yard bomb to bring the Chargers to within a field goal midway through the fourth quarter.

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    Are the Broncos Going to Blow This?!

    Denver had a 24-7 lead at one point, but coughing up a fumble when the score has narrowed to 24-14 in the fourth quarter is not the way to win football games.

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    Chargers Finally Find the End Zone

    Rivers to Allen brings the Chargers within 10 but only eight minutes remain in Q4.

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    Allen Is a Little Too Hype

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    Adrian Phillips comes away with the interception OFF THE TOES of Desmond King.

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    When the Broncos are able to eliminate Melvin Gordon, the Chargers' gameplan is officially kaput.

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    Jenkins Is OUT with a Concussion

    That's a hard pill to swallow for a Chargers secondary that has too much on its plate as it is.

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    3 More for Broncos

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    End Q3: Broncos 24, Chargers 7

    The Broncos extend their lead with a field goal to go up 21 points heading into the fourth quarter. At this point, the Chargers offense needs to score on almost every drive it will have in Q4 to hope to catch up.

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    Leary Is OUT with a Concussion

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    Sometimes the Path to Success Is Not a Straight Line

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    THERE'S Bosa

    At this point, he might be the Chargers' best chance at closing this gap.

    Los Angeles trails 21-7 near the end of Q3.

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    The Best Defense Is a Good Offense

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    Sanders with a Casual 20-Yard Gain

    Sanders ran across the field to gain a first down, but moved the chains in the end.

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    This Game Is Getting Away from the Chargers...

    Shaquil Barrett's sack brings up 2nd-and-17 and the Chargers can't make much of anything of the rest of the drive.

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    Fowler AGAIN!?

    That's not one, but two touchdowns for Broncos wideout Bennie Fowler, who connects with Trevor Siemian for a six-yard score to cap off the drive following the Bradley Roby interception. The Broncos' lead is quickly looking insurmountable at 21-7 early in Q3.

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    Ronald Leary Possibly Has a Concussion

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    That Denver Defense 👀

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    Chargers Get a Wake-Up Call to Start Q3

    Rivers' pass up the middle intended for Allen is picked by Bradley Roby. Broncos are up.

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    Halftime: Broncos 14, Chargers 7

    The Broncos hold the lead after one half thanks both to Trevor Siemian's arm and legs. The Denver QB connected with Bennie Fowler for one score and ran the other one in himself. But on San Diego's side, Melvin Gordon has been downright explosive, rushing for 48 yards and leaping into the end zone for the Bolts' sole touchdown.

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    Sack Ends Broncos' TD Hopes Before Half

    Siemian goes down on 2nd-and-8 at the DEN 34 in the waning seconds of the half and Denver will have to settle for a 7-point lead heading into Q3.

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    Keenan Allen's Mea Culpa

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    Siemian Expanding His Skill Set

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    Siemian Does It Himself to Take the Lead

    Broncos go up 14-7 thanks to Siemian's 1-yard TD run. Just more than 5 minutes remain in the half.

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    Juked Out of His Shoes!

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    RB Rumble

    Melvin Gordon: 8 carries, 41 yards, 2 receptions, 14 yards, 1 TD

    C.J. Anderson: 10 carries, 52 yards

    Midway through Q2

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    Someone Ate His Wheaties

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    Punter Drew Kaser took matters into his own hands to make sure rookie PR Isaiah McKenzie doesn't score on the punt return. It's Broncos ball at the DEN 44.

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    Is There Anything Gordon Can't Do?!

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    Not Great Field Position for the Chargers

    But at least they prevented the Broncos from taking the lead.

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    Melvin Gordon Just Levitated

    The Bolts get on the board as Melvin Gordon connects with Rivers for an 11-yard catch and a leaping touchdown. All tied up at 7-7 early in Q2.

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    End Q1: Broncos 7, Chargers 0

    The Broncos hold the only points as we reach the end of the first quarter. A few mistakes early on have prevented the Chargers from finding the end zone, but they're knocking on the door thanks in part to a big pass interference penalty.

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    Chargers Knocking on the Door

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    Allen Makes Up for an Earlier Drop

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    When an Unstoppable Force Meets an Immovable Object

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    If There Was Any Question Anderson Was Going to Be a Workhorse Back for DEN...

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    Casey Hayward Drops an INT

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    Chargers' 1st Drive Ends in Punt in Very Loud Mile High Stadium