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But I'd rather it just be a blowout.

Yet, doubt remained. Is Siemian an in-between? Both quarterback Derek Carr and running back Marshawn Lynch had good games, and surprisingly so did Oakland's defense. The best thing to winning a job is showing growth in it.

A furious rally for the Los Angeles Chargers came up short Monday night and the Denver Broncos held on to an early lead to win 24-21 in Week 1. Two plays later, Korean-born rookie kicker Younghoe Koo drilled a field goal to tie the game.

Koo hit his first attempt from 44 yards out only to be told Joseph had called a timeout just before the snap to negate the play.

"I had two timeouts and I wasn't going to leave with those in my pocket", Joseph said.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers re-worked his current contract to free up salary cap space for a Bolts squad who was in desperate need of it. He relayed this info to Harris. He went head first a couple of times which I don't like.

Los Angeles/San Diego's longest win streak in the series was six games from December, 1963 to October, 1966.

Not that Denver didn't try. Koo attempted just one field goal (from 27 yards) in the preseason and three extra points. "I felt like we had a chance to block everyone today". Each Broncos game, fans can read along or join by logging in, commenting as a guest, or using #WeAreBRONCOS on Twitter and Instagram. But after a three-and-out, needed another in the waning moments. The Chargers sealed the unlikely win when Junior Seau recovered John Elway's fumble in the closing seconds.

A game that looked like a blowout became fun all of a sudden, and while it's a dagger L for the Chargers, it could be a springboard for both teams.

- He is listed in the Broncos Media Guide at 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds. Central to the sour forecast was the uncertainty at quarterback.

"I think Joey got me one other time, so I think we'll call it even", Siemian said. He showed zip on his passes and delivered his first rushing touchdown. But the Chargers defense stuck it to them again with back-to-back sacks on Siemian. He had one additional rush for 10 yards in the first quarter, but ended his night with just 54 yards on 18 carries. Siemian shook off the mistake, and began a methodical march. For the Broncos, the victory is a step in their quest to return to the postseason, while the loss for the Chargers is their first in Los Angeles since the team first played in the city in 1960. What appeared a night where mistakes would be amplified pivoted because of the offense.

On the stat sheet, Siemian did have a lone blemish: an interception in the fourth quarter.

Rivers found Allen on the sideline for an eight yard gain. At that time the Chargers offense had been smothered almost into submission. His 3.0 combined sacks with Bosa dinged Denver for 28 yards, all in the second half. He scrambled for yards.

Denver will have four new starters in their offense, with rookie left tackle Garrett Bolles and right tackle Menelik Watson entering the fray. In a week where Alex Smith outplayed Tom Brady and Dak Prescott skunked Eli Manning, Siemian was better than Rivers, a Hall of Fame candidate.

"I'm going to be real with you: I have no clue what happened", Harris said of his heroics.

The Broncos then followed that up in '16 as the league's No. 1 pass defense for the second consecutive season. Denver bottled up Melvin Gordon and Branden Oliver. Credit to safety Adrian Phillips and linebacker Korey Toomer on forcing those two plays, with Hayward recovering the loose ball. It marked the first time that Denver has missed the postseason since 2010. Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. clearly thought he had help. Will Jamaal Charles flash his former brilliance?

But the team did have some uncharacteristic lapses, including a blown coverage that allowed a 38-yard touchdown from Rivers to Travis Benjamin that gave the Chargers life.