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2017 season opener: Denver Broncos 24, LA Chargers 21

The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) carries the flag onto the field before a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) carries the flag onto the field before a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris (96) blocks a potential game-tying kick from Los Angeles Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo (9) late in the fourth quarter as Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris (96) celebrates after a successful block of a potential game-tying kick from Los Angeles Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo (9) late in the fourth quarter as Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris (96) celebrates after a successful block of a potential game-tying kick from Los Angeles Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo (9) late in the fourth quarter as Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) nd Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) celebrate a blocked field goal in the last seconds of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The Broncos won the game 24-21. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris (96) and Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) celebrate as they walk off the field after a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Harris blocked a field goal to seal the Broncos win 24-21. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler (16) celebrates the first touchdown for the Broncos during the first quarter of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) stiff arms Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) during the season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) shows his displeasure with a referee's call during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) brings down Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) during the second half of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The Broncos won the game 24-21. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) runs the ball as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) coughs up the ball as Denver Broncos inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (54), Denver Broncos inside linebacker Todd Davis (51), and Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) tackle during the first quarter of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Broncos cheerleaders perform during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles (28) fumbles the ball while being tackled by Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Korey Toomer (56) during the second half of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The Broncos won the game 24-21. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Chargers Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) scores a touchdown over Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) during the first quarter of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) jumps over Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) for a touchdown as the two teams faced off in their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) jumps over Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) for a touchdown as the two teams faced off in their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos tight end A.J. Derby (83) falls just short of a touchdown after being brought down Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Charmeachealle Moore (50) during for the season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Broncos cheerleaders perform during the second half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) runs for first down leaving behind Los Angeles Chargers nose tackle Brandon Mebane (92) during the first quarter of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Broncos cheerleaders perform during the second half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) attempt to pull away from Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) during the season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) breaks up a pass to Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) during the second half of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) looks for an open player as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy coaches on the sideline during the second half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos tight end A.J. Derby (83) points down field after gaining yardage for the Broncos. The team faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) attempt to pull away from Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) during the season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) is tackled Los Angeles Chargers safety Tre Boston (33) as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Broncos cheerleaders perform during the second half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) runs the ball during the field as Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws the ball out of bounds as Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray (56) attempts the sack during the season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) fakes to Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles (28) during the first quarter of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. He ended up throwing the ball to Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman (82) for first down. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) carries the ball during the second half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) looks for an open player as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Head Coach Vance Joseph coach side by side during the second half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) jumps over Denver Broncos free safety Darian Stewart (26), left, as the Broncos faced off against the Chargers for the season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) jumps over Denver Broncos free safety Darian Stewart (26), left, as the Broncos faced off against the Chargers for the season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Members of the Denver Broncos meet up before the next play as they faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) is brought down by Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett (22) as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) backs into yards while being tackled by Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Jatavis Brown (57) during the second half of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The Broncos won the game 24-21. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) is sacked by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Chris McCain (40) during the season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos tight end Virgil Green (85) holds his hands up believing that a touchdown was scored. The call was just short of the end zone as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos offensive tackle Garett Bolles (72) holds up quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) after he completed a touchdown for the Broncos as they faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) looks for an open player as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) calls out the next play as Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Trevor Williams (24) tries to bring down Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) during the season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Trevor Williams (24) brings down Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) during the season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) attempts to bring down Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Broncos cheerleaders perform during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) brings down Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos offensive tackle Garett Bolles (72) goes after after a Charger during the second half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) calls the next play as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) looks for an open player as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) runs the ball as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams (16) holds the ball after a play as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles (28) runs the ball down the field as Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Jatavis Brown (57) falls in an attempted tacked as the Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles (28) lost possession of the ball after being tackled by Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Korey Toomer (56) as the Broncos faced off against the Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) is brought down by Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) during the second half of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos tight end A.J. Derby (83) attempts to get past Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Kyle Emanuel (51) as Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos tight end A.J. Derby (83) is brought down by Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Kyle Emanuel (51) as Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos tight end A.J. Derby (83) is brought down by Los Angeles Chargers safety Tre Boston (33) as Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) calls out the next play as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) was able to get off his pass just as he was tackled by Denver Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris (96) during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph watches a replay during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Broncos cheerleaders perform during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (48) and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) almost go to blows during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) signals to the offense while standing over Denver Broncos center Matt Paradis (61) during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Broncos cheerleaders perform during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) runs the ball as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) runs past Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell (98) during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) runs with the ball during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) runs with the ball during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler (16) and Denver Broncos tight end A.J. Derby (83) celebrate after Fowler's first touchdown during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Broncos cheerleaders perform during the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) takes the field before the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos inside linebacker Corey Nelson (52) before the first half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Broncos won the game 24-21. The Gazette)

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First responders and their families carried the American Flag out before the start of the National Anthem as a tribute video paying respects for those who lost their live in 9/11 was played on the big screen before the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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A parachutist comes into the stadium as the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos enter through fire as they took on the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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First responders and their families carried the American Flag out before the start of the National Anthem as a tribute video paying respects for those who lost their live in 9/11 was played on the big screen before the Denver Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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The Denver Broncos enter through fire as they took on the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) enters the field as the Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos offensive tackle Menelik Watson (75) enters the field as the Broncos faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers for their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown as the Broncos led the Los Angeles Chargers 14-7 in the half during the season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) hands the ball off to running back Jamaal Charles (28) as Broncos lead the Los Angeles Chargers 14-7 at the half for the season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) jumps over Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) for a touchdown as the two teams faced off in their season opening game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) coughs up the ball as Denver Broncos inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (54), Denver Broncos inside linebacker Todd Davis (51), and Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) tackle during the first quarter of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) fakes to Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles (28) during the first quarter of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. He ended up throwing the ball to Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman (82) for first down. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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during the first quarter of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The National anthem was highlighted by the flight of a bald eagle from the rafters of Mile High Stadium before the game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman (82) catches the for a first down after Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) fakes to Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles (28) during the first quarter of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles (28) is brought down by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (99) during the second half of a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The Broncos won the game 24-21. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos Denver Broncos cornerback Brendan Langley (27) is taken off the field after being injured during the second half of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The Broncos won the game 24-21.(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) is sacked during the first quarter of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The Broncos won the game 24-21. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) backs into yards while being tackled by Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Jatavis Brown (57) during the second half of game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The Broncos won the game 24-21. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) signs autographs before entering the stadium for the first game of the season. The Broncos will meet the Chargers Sports authority Field at Mile High on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Issac Zepeda, center, of Denver cooks fajitas before they get ready for the start of the Denver Broncos season opener against Los Angeles Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Fully decked out with flags and Broncos memorability the truck of xx shows his support as many fans enjoy getting ready before the start of the Denver Broncos season opener against Los Angeles Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Fans begin to fill the parking lots outside of the Sports Authority Field at Mile High as they get ready before the start of the Denver Broncos season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Gino Villaloas wears a homemade Broncos sombrero that he made to show his support of the Broncos as they opened their season opening game against Los Angeles Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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A group of Broncos fans enjoy getting ready before the start of the Denver Broncos season opener with a game of beer pong before the Broncos took on the Los Angeles Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) enters the stadium for the first game of the season. The Broncos will meet the Chargers Sports authority Field at Mile High on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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John Buckley brought his Bronco commandments. Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Mike Giberti does a slider drink for Tracy Donaldson and Leann Garone. Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Ryan Kummet puts war paint on his son, Vincent Kummet. Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Rescue Rob Garner has his own Broncos firetruck. Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Gary Elrick turned school bus into a Bronco party bus. Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Michelle Pepper is glad she hung onto her Brock Osweiler shirt. Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Broncos fan get ready for the first game of the season against the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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