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Chargers' comeback thwarted by late blocked field goal in 24-21 loss

Chargers' comeback thwarted by late blocked field goal in 24-21 loss
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September 12
19:292017

DENVER (AP) -- Shelby Harris got a hand on Younghoe Koo's 44-yard field goal attempt with a second left, and the Broncos began the Vance Joseph era with a 24-21 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night.









Moments earlier, Koo had nailed the kick, but Joseph called a timeout to ice the kicker.






On the re-do, Harris -- who made the team because of a rash of injuries along the D-line -- sliced through and got his right hand on the kick.







Younghoe Koo reacts to blocked field goal in waning seconds.
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— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 12, 2017







It was reminiscent of last year's opener, when the Broncos escaped with a 21-20 win over the Carolina Panthers when Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field goal with 4 seconds left.






Denver took a 24-7 lead into the fourth quarter but had two turnovers that were converted into touchdowns, a missed field goal and a punt.








Before those fourth-quarter foibles, Trevor Siemian threw two TD passes to Bennie Fowler and ran for another score.






The Broncos held Philip Rivers to 115 yards passing through three quarters but let him engineer a comeback when Siemian threw an interception and Jamaal Charles fumbled on plays that were upheld despite video evidence that had the crowd of 76,324 convinced they should have been overturned.






Safety Adrian Phillips intercepted a pass that went off cornerback Desmond King's leg as King was tackling Fowler while the ball was still in the air. A review upheld the turnover and L.A. pulled to 24-14 on Keenan Allen's 5-yard TD catch with eight minutes left.






Less than a minute later, Jamaal Charles fumbled -- although replays showed his left elbow was down before the ball was ripped away by Korey Toomer. Cornerback Casey Hayward recovered. One play later, Rivers hit Travis Benjamin for a 38-yard touchdown that made it 24-21 and safety Darian Stewart hobbled off with a strained groin.






Back-to-back sacks of Siemian set up a 50-yard field goal try that McManus pushed wide right.






But Koo's miss loomed larger in the final seconds.






The Broncos led 14-7 at halftime after Siemian threw a5-yard scoring pass to Fowlerand scored on a1-yard keeper.







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— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 12, 2017







Los Angeles' only touchdown drive was aided by a 40-yard pass interference call on cornerback Bradley Roby before Rivers hit running back Melvin Gordon for an 11-yard touchdown toss.

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