5 takeaways from the Broncos' 24-21 win over the Chargers


Their record in one-score games dipped to 4-18 in the last three years following Monday's loss.

The rivalry between the two teams dates all the way back to the old AFL in 1950. McCoy also is facing the Chargers for the first time since he was let go as their head coach following the team's last season in San Diego.

The game looked well in Denver's control at the beginning of the fourth quarter as the Broncos piled up a 24-7 lead, but a pair of turnovers turned into immediate touchdowns and suddenly it was a 3-point game for the final minutes of the ESPN doubleheader. The Broncos won seven in a row from November, 1975 to December, 1978. "Chargers come away with a win in Denver for the first time since December 2013". They begin 2017 with a fresh start in Los Angeles under new head coach Anthony Lynn. Benjamin's stats mainly came from a 38-yard touchdown reception from Rivers late in the fourth quarter. "Down the stretch there, offensively we wish we would have made a few more plays to help our defense out, but, shoot, a win's a win". After a slightly overthrown pass to Emmanuel Sanders, Siemian connected with Bennie Fowler for the first touchdown of the season giving the Broncos a 7-0 lead. Look for all those numbers to go up this year. Siemian threw two big passes to A.J. Derby during the drive - the latter of which put the Broncos at the one yard line. It wasn't close to the "worst day ever", but still one that the Chargers quarterback will want to forget. Later, he wasted Jason Verrett with a fake.

REASON TO WORRY: Depth on the defensive front might be a cause for concern.

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Kicker Younghoe Koo drilled the 44-yarder, but Denver head coach Vance Joseph called a timeout right before the attempt. Safeties Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons wreaked havoc when they approached the line of scrimmage.

Jesse James was the recipient for both scores to help "Big Ben" get the better of opposite number DeShone Kizer - making his National Football League debut - and record 263 passing yards. Although postgame he said he's "absolutely not" a dual threat quarterback, outside linebacker Von Miller disagreed, playfully saying he saw a little Michael Vick in No. 13 on the night. Conversely, the Broncos' offense still has plenty of room for improvement.

Siemian's first passing touchdown was on a free play after the Chargers jumped offsides, but that only makes me like it more. They have start wide receivers, but no real quarterback to consistently throw them the ball. After a fourth down run and pass interference the ensuing play, the Chargers had the ball at Denver's 34-yard line with 17 seconds left. The Chargers end wrapped Siemian up at the 32, far enough so the drive that could have sealed Denver's win instead ended in a missed 50-yarder.