An early stand
Though it wouldn't be clear until much later in the game, one of the biggest series for Denver came on the Chargers' first offensive possession. After an A.J. Derby fumble, Los Angeles quickly moved the ball down to the Denver 1-yard line. But that's where the Broncos' defense came up big. The Chargers tried to feed Melvin Gordon four straight times, but on each run, Denver's front line stood firm. Los Angeles was unable to punch the ball in, and the Broncos came away with a huge stop to keep the Chargers off the board.
One for the record books
Von Miller provided one of few bright spots in the first half when he brought down Philip Rivers for a 6-yard sack. The takedown was No. 79.5 for Miller, who passed Karl Mecklenburg for second place on the Broncos' all-time sack list. The Broncos defense held tough in the first half, allowing just one scoring drive.
Bringing it back
As the Broncos tried to inch their way back, Demaryius Thomas appeared to change the outlook of the game. On first-and-10 from the Denver 9-yard line, Siemian found Thomas along the right sideline. Thomas then spun away from the cornerback and weaved his way 81 yards down the field. The Broncos appeared to be in position to score its first points after Thomas was tackled at the Los Angeles 10-yard line, but the play was called back. Thomas was whistled for offensive pass interference, and the Broncos failed to convert the ensuing third down on the drive. Siemian would target Thomas again on fourth down later in the game, but Casey Hayward intercepted the pass and ended another promising Denver drive.
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