Monday Night Football: Chargers win ugly, defeat Broncos 19-16 in overtime

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The Broncos and Chargers played an ugly Monday night game that had a fitting overtime end.

Los Angeles got a 19-16 victory with Dustin Hopkins‘ 39-yard field goal that went through the uprights with just 2:38 left in the extra frame.

But the Chargers only had that opportunity because of a muffed punt.

Rookie Montrell Washington muffed the return in overtime when he had one of his teammates stand right in front of him and start blocking an L.A. player just before the ball was to land in his arms. Chargers defensive back Deane Leonard came up with the loose ball at the Denver 28, and the game was all but over.

Quarterback Justin Herbert had to make a nice throw to receiver Mike Williams on third-and-12 to avoid a sack. But he set up the 39-yard field goal for Hopkins, who sent it through the upright.

Hopkins was out last week with a quad injury and was announced as questionable to return in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. But he pulled through with four field goals from then on to the end of the game, hitting from 37, 31, 35, and 39 yards.

With the game tied at 13, L.A. faced fourth-and-2 to open the fourth quarter at Denver’s 29-yard line and unsurprisingly elected to go for it. But receiver DeAndre Carter was well covered and the pass fell incomplete.

With 10:41 left in the final period, the Chargers got the ball back looking to go on a go-ahead drive. But on the first play, Herbert threw an interception deep in his own territory that led to Denver taking a lead. Herbert was looking for tight end Gerald Everett over the middle when the pass was tipped and intercepted by linebacker Baron Browning. While Browning fumbled and the ball was loose, Denver recovered it for an extra possession.

A couple of plays later on third-and-6, quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked for a 4-yard loss leading the club to settle for a 48-yard field goal.

The Chargers had a chance for response points but a holding call in the red zone put them behind the chains. Hopkins’ 35-yard field goal was good to tie the game at 16. with 3:58 left in the fourth quarter.

A costly protection error cost the Broncos a shot at keeping a drive going toward the end of regulation. On third-and-6 from the Denver 43 with 2:39 left, linebacker Drue Tranquill came up the middle of the line unblocked and sacked Wilson for a 9-yard loss.

The punt set the Chargers up at their own 25-yard line with 1:51 left in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get out of their own territory, sending the game to overtime.

After the teams traded punts a couple of times, Washington made the fateful muff.

Via ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, Herbert’s 57 passes were the most in a victory without a touchdown in NFL history, according to Elias. Running back Austin Ekeler scored Los Angeles’ only touchdown on a 6-yard run in the second quarter.

The Broncos held a 10-0 lead after the first frame, having scored on their first two possessions. Brandon McManus hit a 51-yard field goal to open the scoring. Then Wilson connected with rookie tight end Greg Dulcich for a 39-yard touchdown on just the second catch of Dulcich’s career.

But the Broncos could never mount another serious threat to reach the end zone. The closest the club came was the Chargers’ 9-yard line at the end of the first half, when a McManus field goal went through the uprights to give Denver a 13-10 lead. From the third quarter on, the closest the Broncos got was the Chargers’ 30-yard line.

Wilson finished the game 15-of-28 passing for 188 yards with a touchdown and 23 yards rushing. With his four sacks, the Broncos had -9 net passing yards in the second half and overtime.

The 4-2 Chargers will stay home to host the 3-3 Seahawks next Sunday.

The 2-4 Broncos will be back in Denver to host the 4-2 Jets.

63 responses to “Monday Night Football: Chargers win ugly, defeat Broncos 19-16 in overtime

  1. Bronco’s fan in June: We’ve got Russell Wilson! We’re winning the Super Bowl!
    Broncos fan in October: We’re stuck with Russell Wilson. We’ve almost got a non-losing record?

  2. Just fire Hackett after the game. We all know he’s one of the worst coaches in football. Go get Raheem Morris, Kellen Moore or Demeco Ryans.

  3. It’s not Allen, Mahomes and Herbert. I’m done with that conversation.

    It’s Allen and Mahomes…………………………Herbert, Burrow etc.

    37/58 238 yards and an interception.

  4. Russ is just awful. I can’t even blame Hackett since as Aikman pointed out throughout the game, there were receivers wide open that he just cannot see from the pocket.

  5. It’s a shame about the muffed punt because that game really deserved a couple more 3-and-outs ending in a tie.

  6. Not a Bronco’s fan, Denver should fire their coach. They way overpaid for Wilson and Hackett is in way over his head. Break out the Wal Mart checkbook and give Sean Payton a blank check. Payton can get a lot more out of this team than Hackett.

  7. The league needs to remove the Broncos and Bears from primetime slots for the foreseeable future. These games are horrible.

  8. Broncos will fire their HC before the season is done and Russell Wilson is not a Bronco after this season.

  9. I couldn’t believe how lost and out of it Wilson looked. There is something wrong in Denver.

  10. Another televised stinker. Once Wilson got worked out then he did nowt, which took 1 quarter longer than usual. His defence mist want to wring the offence’s necks (again!). Herbert must be inured the way he played. And if anyone can put up an argument Staley is not taking the chargers backwards I’d like to hear it

  11. Good thing Denver didn’t mortgage the farm to land Wilson…. Oh wait…
    Well at least the Broncos didn’t give Wilson some massive contract extension & tie themselves to him for 4-5 more years…oh wait….
    Donkeys gonna Donc…heeeehawwww

  12. Rules committee needs to address a player pushing a blocker into his own man that is trying to catch the ball. How is that rule allowed?

  13. dollarbill61 says:

    Ciara Make Russell sleep on the coach again!
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    Sorry, I mean on the “COUCH”

  14. Jeff Bezos will buy all 32 teams after the next prime time snooze fest Thursday that will end in a 3-3 overtime tie.

  15. Russell Wilson has been this way for about 2 years. Not this bad but Shotty got fired, last year most Seahawk fans wanted the new OC gone after games where the offense stalled.

    He put on weight to help with the pounding he would take behind a weak o-line, he also held onto the ball long and the magical plays became less and less. His legs look done but I think it’s also partly him trying to prove he is a pocket passer.

    I didn’t know it at the time but Seattle moved on at the right time with that monster contract looming.

  16. Russ has been an underwhelming mediocre, but Hackett has been abysmal. I think a change at HC would go a long way for this roster.

  17. The only ugly part I saw was Wilson’s QB effort after the end of the first quarter. Gawd awful stuff there. Deserving of being moved to Thursday night quality football.

    Nothing ugly about that Denver defense, though. That D totally shut down LAC. Too bad Wilson shut down the Broncos offense at least as thoroughly.

  18. OK, so Wilson is having some problems adjusting to a new scheme? What is Herbert’s excuse? I keep hearing that he is the next brilliantly talented QB…really?

  19. jameshodges says:
    October 17, 2022 at 11:53 pm
    The league needs to remove the Broncos and Bears from primetime slots for the foreseeable future. These games are horrible.
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    Given the quality of play they should eliminate all games played by the commanders, cardinals, panthers, texans among others. Offenses are just horrible.

  20. Once again Russell Wilson proves he’s washed up garbage in prime time. Bronco’s prove how stupid they are for trading for him & hiring a pathetic excuse for a head coach.

  21. I don’t know who calls the protection adjustments for Denver but either their centers or Wilson is doing a horrible job of it. Play after play you could see the Chargers roll a 5th rusher to the heavy side and Wilson never changed the play and it didn’t appear any adjustments were made with line calls. Elementary stuff they teach you in High School…at the latest.

  22. The “Wilson isn’t a Bronco next year” talk is extremely unsupported by the contract details. They can keep him for a $22M cap hit next season or send him away for a $107M cap hit next season. No way the Broncos eat an extra $85M in cap space for Wilson to *not* play for them.

    It’s not much better in 2024 when it’s 35 to keep and 85 to send away. 2025 is the first year that they can save cal by sending him off, but it’s not much. 2026 is the first realistic out on the contract.

    The figures are from Spotrac.

  23. Al Michaels on Thursdays and Buck and Aikman tonight must be wondering if it was worth chasing the money to call these horrible games compared to their prime slot/marquee match up former gigs on Sundays.

  24. oh that was another FUN primetime game (sarcasm). two of the worst coaches maybe in the history of the NFL!!

  25. I don’t know how or why Staley got that head coach job. On paper the Chargers are loaded with talent. They got the quarterback. They supposedly upgraded the defense. They’re backing into wins and don’t look impressive at all.

  26. bossman says:
    October 17, 2022 at 11:53 pm
    Broncos will fire their HC before the season is done and Russell Wilson is not a Bronco after this season.

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    I don’t think either of them going anywhere although if the Broncos had it to do over they probably wouldn’t hire either of them.

    I don’t think you can point to any one thing that was really bad that Hackett did today but this Broncos team is really bad.

    Russell Wilson started 10/10 and then went 5/18 the rest of the way. JC Jackson was responsible for a fair amount of that in the beginning as for some reason he blew coverages on Broncos WRs quite spectacularly.

    If Wilson does not improve, trading for him will end up being one of the worst trades in NFL history as they can’t get out from his contract until after 2025 at the earliest.

    Seattle looks better and better for trading him every day.

  27. weege001 says:
    October 17, 2022 at 11:43 pm
    As a Bronco fan, Hacket has to go. Getting Josh, Vic, Vance vibes all over again.
    Pathetic

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    The Josh vibe is strong in Vegas. I was rooting for the Broncos last night.

  28. I feel that all the money spent on a Wilson, Murray and Watson this season will actually give the ravens pause on paying Lamar.

  29. It’s hilarious to think Raiders fans are watching this game knowing their team is the worst in the division.

  30. I know the NFL doesn’t know in advance that these two teams stink, but to be so wrong on what you have forced the country to watch on Monday and Thursday nights is ludicrous.

    If you are considering getting prime for Thursday night football…don’t. The feed is okay at best, and the games are awful. Al Michaels spews the same non sense every week now as well. I’ve always been a fan of his, but time to hang it up.

  31. Gee, another awful terribly played game between two mediocre teams in a mediocre league. This yr has been very very bad. A lot of people due to their blind love, continually turn a blind eye and act all incredulous- but keep pretending that it hasn’t been a very poor product this yr.

  32. austinspencer says:
    October 17, 2022 at 11:40 pm
    Just fire Hackett after the game. We all know he’s one of the worst coaches in football. Go get Raheem Morris, Kellen Moore or Demeco Ryans.
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    What? Get a guy who previously failed as a HC, a guy with zero experience as a HC, or a guy who has less than a season and a half as a coordinator? Genius! Might as well through Jason Garrett on your list.

  33. I can’t believe I watched that game to the end. It was miserable football. The Broncos’ defense deserves better.

  34. Still can’t figure out why all the “experts” kept saying Denver was just a QB away from going to the Superbowl. Denver hasn’t had a winning season since 2015, has finished last or tied for last in their division for the last 3 years. Their front office is horrible, they have a clueless rookie headcoach and Russell is waaaaay overpaid and clearly over the hill. Just because you sign a big name doesn’t make you a contender. The Broncos are going to be bottom dwellers for the next 5 years easy, no matter how much the media wants them to be their darlings.

  35. The NFLPA has ruined football! Every rule change for over a decade was to help offenses score more points yet here we are with 12-9 , 12-7 , 19-9 , 19-16 games because offense is about precision and timing and that takes practice and teams aren`t allowed to practice because of the CBA , With the new TV deal just starting these players are fine but if this keeps up ratings will go down and then so will the cap and player salaries. I`ve been a NFL fanatic for over 30 years and i can barely watch my favorite team anymore so i`ve definitely been watching less and less of other teams playing bad football. Players just aren`t prepared to play anymore. It`s like a boxer training for a fight without sparing and not being hit in the face until the fight starts.

  36. Is it possible Russ liked the broncos roster, but didn’t like Hackett? Is russ intentionally sabotaging the season to get rid of Hackett? What else explains not hitting wide open guys when the play works.

  37. Turns out having your own team mate shoved into you while waiting for a fair catch us genius.

  38. Jets definitely going 5-2. Broncos will be the most disappointing team and the worst in the AFC West

  39. Hackett is as inept a head coach as there is in all of football. Easily one-and-done, if he even gets that far. Pathetic. Incredible that he even got the job in the first place, considering he’s done next to nothing as an OC with 3 different teams.

  40. What a miserable waste of time. I groaned when I knew I had to sit through overtime.

    Why I didn’t just turn it off is beyond me. Hard to be an NFL addict when games like this happen.

  41. darthhelmut says:
    October 18, 2022 at 9:17 am
    Still can’t figure out why all the “experts” kept saying Denver was just a QB away from going to the Superbowl. Denver hasn’t had a winning season since 2015, has finished last or tied for last in their division for the last 3 years. Their front office is horrible, they have a clueless rookie headcoach and Russell is waaaaay overpaid and clearly over the hill. Just because you sign a big name doesn’t make you a contender. The Broncos are going to be bottom dwellers for the next 5 years easy, no matter how much the media wants them to be their darlings.

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    Wait until Brady’s antics leave a path of destruction in Tampa like Manning did in Denver.

    They got the ring, so mission accomplished, but the risk with it and then the aftereffect is dangerous. Denver did it, Tamps did it, but Manning got the backing of Goodell with the HGH cover up and then Brady’s 2 assisted TDs before half in the SB weren’t accidents either.

    In general, you want to be a 10+ win team annually and some teams sell their soul instead.

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