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Shelby Harris blocks field goal attempt by Younghoe Koo that preserved the Denver Broncos’ 24-21 win over the Los Angeles Chargers

The Broncos edged the Los Angeles Chargers late Monday night 24-21 in Denver.

Quarterback Matt Ryan proved to be the difference at Soldier Field as he threw for 321 yards, including a match-clinching 88-yard pass to tight end Austin Hooper in the final quarter. It's like, one, two, three, put your hand up.

These two teams should be familiar with one another though, and this will be the 115th regular season match up between the Broncos and Chargers.

Week 1's last game on the slate will be between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos.

Harris got another crack at blocking Koo's field goal when his first try from 44 yards that sailed through the uprights was waved off after officials said Joseph signaled for a timeout moments before the kick. "I felt it. I just couldn't tell you where I felt it". New head coach Anthony Lynn was smart enough (or maybe ownership was) to keep the offensive staff, led by offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, in town.

"We just waited too long to get started, but then you could feel it", Rivers said. "We were going pretty good and just came up short".

"I think Joey got me one other time, so we'll call it even", Siemian said. "I wish it went in, but it is what it is".

Gates, in his 15th season, enters the opener tied with Tony Gonzalez for most touchdown catches in National Football League history by a tight end (111).

David Johnson (wrist) expected to miss significant time, report says
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported the MRI will determine whether Johnson will miss a few weeks or half the season or more. He finished with 23 rushing yards on 11 carries and six receptions for 68 yards, giving him 91 yards from scrimmage.

Philip Rivers tossed three touchdowns to help keep Los Angeles in the game, finishing the night 22-for-33 through the air. Rivers responded in typical Rivers fashion, finding both Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin in the end zone; both of which were following Bronco turnovers. Justin Simmons will take over for Ward at strong safety after a strong preseason (and 2016 in a reserve role).

For the Broncos, Trevor Siemian returns for his second season as the team's starting quarterback after beating out second-year pro Paxton Lynch in training camp.

But just five seconds in to the second quarter, the Chargers tied things up on an 11 yard pass from Rivers to running back Melvin Gordon.

The Broncos opened a 24-7 lead through three quarters, gorging 8:16 minutes off the clock on a 14-play march that concluded with Brandon McManus' 20-yard field goal.

The Broncos nearly gave this one away.

The franchise has switched from San Diego for the first time in 56 years but they could not get off to a winning start despite a stunning fourth-quarter comeback.

The Broncos have won eight of their last ten against the Chargers, but have only covered in half of those games. Siemian finished off the march with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Fowler, who made a diving grab and then took a choreographed bow with teammates in celebration.

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