Denver Broncos 16-19 Los Angeles Chargers: Russell Wilson's Broncos lose their third game in a row as the Chargers win in overtime.
Dustin Hopkins kicked four field goals, including a 39-yarder with two and a half minutes left in overtime, as the Los Angeles Chargers defeated Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos 19-16 on Monday night.
The Game's Backstory
Hopkins, who had a hamstring injury in the first half, grimaced as he kicked the ball and fell to the ground before being picked up by teammates.
The game appeared to be tied until Denver's Montrell Washington muffed JK Scott's punt at the Broncos' 32-yard line, with Deane Leonard recovering for the Chargers at the 28-yard line.
The Chargers have won three straight games to improve to 4-2 on the season, tying them for first place in the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs. Meanwhile, Denver's season continues to crumble, with a third straight defeat dropping them to 2-4.
The Broncos' offensive struggles continued; Denver has failed to score more than 16 points in a game five times this season, with the only exception being a 32-23 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week Four.
Wilson completed 15 of 28 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown. According to head coach Nathanial Hackett's post-game comments, he suffered a hamstring injury during the game. Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert completed 37 of 57 passes for 238 yards and an interception, snapping a 26-game streak of at least one touchdown pass.
Denver had a 10-0 first-quarter lead thanks to two scoring drives to start the game. To start things off, Brandon McManus hit a 51-yard field goal, and Wilson found a wide-open Greg Dulcich for a 39-yard touchdown.
The Chargers responded on their next possession, putting together a 15-play, 82-yard drive capped by a six-yard touchdown run by Austin Ekeler. Los Angeles tied the game at 10 apiece on Hopkins' first field goal with 53 seconds left in the half, before another McManus kick put the Broncos ahead at the half.
The Chargers tied the game again on their first drive of the third quarter, thanks to Hopkins' boot, and the teams traded field goals in the fourth quarter. McManus made a 48-yard field goal after Baron Browning intercepted Herbert, and Hopkins added a 35-yard field goal. The Chargers' kicker then delivered the game-winning blow late in overtime.
In a sloppy game, the two teams combined for 19 penalties and 240 yards, a season high. According to TruMedia, the Broncos were flagged 10 times for 151 yards, the 24th time a team has drawn more than 150 penalty yards since 2000.
Wilson suffers a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of a loss.
Wilson suffered a hamstring injury during the game, according to Denver head coach Nathaniel Hackett.
Hackett did not provide any specifics or indicate whether Wilson's availability was a concern in the future. Wilson, too, did not provide much more information to the media, except that the injury occurred in the fourth quarter.
"I got my hammy, scrambled and moved around on one, and it got me pretty good in the fourth quarter," Wilson explained.
"I simply attempted to play through it. I felt good running around, throwing it, and doing everything else, especially early on, and then that happened. So that was unfortunate, but I was looking for a way to win a game."
Wilson needed surgery on his right throwing shoulder after Denver's Week 5 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He was seen with his shoulder wrapped during Monday's game.
Thursday Night Football kicks off Week Seven in the NFL, with the New Orleans Saints (2-4) traveling to the Arizona Cardinals (2-4), both teams desperate for a win as they look to stay in the playoff hunt this season. From 1.20 a.m. on Friday, you can watch the game live on All Sports NFL.
The Broncos play the in-form New York Jets (4-2) on Sunday at 9.05pm, while the Chargers are also back at home on Sunday, hosting the Seattle Seahawks (3-3) at a slightly later kick-off time of 9.25pm.
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