Monday Night Football is like dessert from a weekend full of football and this week’s Monday night game was a dessert that wasn’t good for the hearts of Denver Broncos fans, for at least one quarter. The Denver Broncos hosted the L.A. Chargers Monday night at Sports Authority at Mile High and for three quarters dominated the Chargers.
Both the Bronco’s offense and defense seemed unstoppable holding the Chargers to only one score through three quarters. Quarterback Trevor Siemian was 17 of 28 for 219 yards and two touchdowns, not to mention Siemian’s 19 yards on 6 carries one of which resulted in a touchdown. Siemian distributed the ball well, passing to eight different targets. A few of those receivers performed well with tight end (TE) A.J. Derby catching 3 passes for 34 yards, Damaryius Thomas catching 5 for 67 yards and Bennie Fowler who caught 3 for 21 yards including the Bronco’s only two passing touchdowns.
While the Bronco’s offense seemed unstoppable it was yet again, the defense, who kept the Chargers at bay most of the game. Defensive back Bradly Roby intercepted Chargers’ quarterback Phillip Rivers at the start of the 3rd quarter and the Bronco’s defensive line held the Chargers to only 58 total rushing yards on 15 attempts. Denver’s defense was hungry throughout the game, holding the Chargers to 214 yards of total offense to Denver’s 359 yards. Denver dominated the clock as well, but it was almost for nothing when the Chargers’ 4th quarter comeback begin.
The Broncos headed into the fourth quarter with a 24-7 lead feeling pretty good about the cushion they placed between them and the Chargers; however, things seemed to take a turn for the worst when at 10:44 left in the game, Siemian was intercepted on a short pass to Bennie Fowler. Chargers’ veteran Rivers led his team down the field for their first score since the first quarter trailing the Broncos by 10. On the Broncos second play of their next possession, running back Jamaal Charles was stripped of the ball and the Chargers recovered with great field position. One play later, the Chargers closed the Broncos lead to within 3 when Rivers connected with Chargers’ receiver Travis Benjamin for a 38-yard touchdown. Denver responded with a 44-yard catch from TE Virgil Green. Denver, unable to capitalize on a touchdown, set up from 50-yards and was wide right. The Chargers had one last opportunity to either win the game or at least tie it, and Denver’s defense although bent, never broke holding them to a field goal attempt. Chargers’ kicker Younghoe (Yong-wey) set up for a 44-yard attempt and kicked it through the up-rights as Denver coach Vance Joseph called for a timeout in an attempt to ice the kicker. Younghoe’s set up for a 44-yard attempt and Broncos’ defensive end, Shelby Harris squeezed through the Chargers’ line and blocked the young kicker’s attempt, sealing the win for the Broncos, 24-21.
In other sports, the Colorado Rockies swept the L.A. Dodgers over the weekend and won game one of a four-game series against Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies are making a last ditch effort to close the gap between both the division-leading Dodgers and the second-place Diamondbacks. The Rockies have three remaining games against the Diamondbacks this week with one pending the day of this writing, before they return to host division rivals, the San Diego Padres over the weekend.