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"I felt it. I just couldn't tell you where I felt it".

The Broncos never trailed again.

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. The best thing to winning a job is showing growth in it.

Harris, a backup defensive end, pushed through to get a hand on a 44-yard attempt from Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo.

While fans' reaction to the loss ranges from "Chargers Fan 4 Life No Matter What!" to "They're dead to me", with many shades of ambivalence in between, the fans are united on two fronts. He relayed this info to Harris.

"I think Joey got me one other time, so we'll call it even", Siemian said.

Every win counts the same, but this one serves as a reminder of how fragile the 2017 Broncos can be if either terrible luck or a flailing offense comes at the worst time. Denver has now won six consecutive season openers, the longest active streak in the league. After the Denver faithful forced a false start on the Chargers' first time to the line, Gordon ripped off a 21-yard rush directly through the heart of the Denver defense for an early first down.

Not that Denver didn't try.

Philip Rivers brought the game within three on the very next play. The combination of Virgil Green (44), A.J. Derby (34) and Jeff Heuerman (20), combined for almost 100 yards in the air on the night. Demaryius Thomas led the night in receiving, totaling 67-yards on five catches. Coach Woods put us in great situations to win the game. Limited by a knee injury for all of that rookie minicamp, Siemian gave coaches a clue that he might one day soon be the guy in his first interactions with Peyton Manning. But after a three-and-out, needed another in the waning moments. The Broncos can't, and won't, count on field goal kickers missing chip shots the rest of the season.

"This was a must-win game", said cornerback Chris Harris Jr. Every week is going to be a challenge, so a win is a win. "Chargers 35 - Broncos 33". Central to the sour forecast was the uncertainty at quarterback.

Justin Tucker kicked Baltimore into a 3-0 lead in the first quarter before Joe Flacco found Jeremy Maclin for a 48-yard touchdown, with Terrance West running in to extend their advantage to 17-0 at half-time. He showed zip on his passes and delivered his first rushing touchdown.

Despite questions about Trevor Siemian and the Denver offense entering the game, it appeared as if any woes might be behind them. Siemian shook off the mistake, and began a methodical march. They came out swinging and scored right out of the gate with a touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler. They didn't change quarterbacks. Charles dropped the ball after being stopped on a eight-yard gain and the Chargers recovered.

When asked about it after the game, Siemian downplayed his own effort. He shoved Denver ahead in the second quarter with a 1-yard run that featured spread option concepts. He scrambled for yards.

But the contest was a far bigger headache than what might have been expected, starting as the third quarter drew to a close.

Thank you to Rivers for being the hilarious slapstick quarterback that he is.

After helping build a commanding 24-7 lead in the first three quarters, Trevor Siemian nearly watched it slip out of his hands.

The margin felt bigger because the field continued to shrink on the Chargers.

Rivers threw touchdown passes to Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin following the takeaways to make it 24-21. It marked the first time the No Fly Zone missed Ward.

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