Frantic finish sends Broncos past Chargers

Blocked field goal in final second sends Denver to 24-21 win

The Associated Press

DENVER — Shelby Harris made Vance Joseph’s call pay off.

Harris blocked Younghoe Koo’s 44-yard field-goal attempt with a second remaining, and the Denver Broncos won in Joseph’s first game as coach, 24-21 over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday.

Koo nailed an attempt moments earlier, but Joseph had called a timeout just before the snap.

“I had two timeouts and I wasn’t going to leave with those in my pocket,” Joseph said. “So, just ice the kid and see how he reacted.”

On the kick that counted, Harris — who made the team largely because of a rash of injuries along the defensive line — sliced through and got his right hand on the ball.

Denver took a 24-7 lead into the fourth quarter but had two turnovers — Trevor Siemian threw an interception and Jamaal Charles fumbled — that were converted into touchdown passes by Philip Rivers. The Broncos also missed field goal in the fourth quarter.

“The game was in firm control for about three quarters there and we felt good but you turn the ball over twice on the short side of the 50, it’s going to be a problem with Philip Rivers,” Joseph said.

Rivers passed for 192 yards and three scores altogether, with an interception.

Siemian threw two touchdown passes to Bennie Fowler and ran for a score.