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Chargers' Bosa, Ingram shine as pass-rushing combo

(TSX / STATS) -- DENVER -- Despite the Los Angeles Chargers' 24-21 season-opening loss at Denver on Monday night, the team's edge rushing duo of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram signaled they will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

The two combined for three of the Chargers' four sacks and took turns throughout the game hurrying or hitting Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian.

"Obviously, having those two speed rushers, that's going to be a chore for any tackle in this league," Broncos coach Vance Joseph said.

--A chance for the Chargers to score an early touchdown slipped through their fingers and kept alive a drive that ended in a first-quarter touchdown for the Broncos.

Siemian threw a pass in the flat intended for running back C.J. Anderson. However, cornerback Casey Hayward read the play and bolted in front of Anderson in perfect position for the interception, along with a clear path to the end zone. Anderson bobbled the ball, though, and ended up dropping it. The Broncos regrouped and went on to score their first TD of the game.

"Casey makes those plays all the time," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. "He just did not make it in the game. You only get so many opportunities in a ballgame, and when it comes your way, you have to take advantage of it."

--Besides throwing for a pair of touchdown passes, both to Bennie Fowler III, Siemian had a 1-yard touchdown run on an improvised bootleg.

Siemian's TD run was the first rushing score by a Broncos quarterback since Brock Osweiler had a 7-yard scoring run against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 20, 2015.

On his way into the end zone, Siemian faked his way past Bosa, who fell down trying to change direction as the quarterback got by him.

"I think Joey got me one other time, so we'll call it even," Siemian said. "We'll see him again, so I'm sure I don't want to see myself in that situation where it's me and him too often. Glad to get in there for sure."

--The Broncos narrowly averted blowing a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead for the first time in their history.

Only defensive end Shelby Harris's second-chance block of Younghoe Koo's field-goal try in the final moments kept that record intact.

Harris got another crack at blocking Koo's field goal when his first try from 44 yards that sailed through the uprights was waved off after officials said Joseph signaled for a timeout moments before the kick.

"As far as icing the kicker, I had two timeouts," Joseph said. "I wanted to leave with those in my pocket. But just iced the kid to see how he reacted.

"It's good to win. It wasn't clean, but it's good to win. It's a hard league. Every week is going to be a challenge, so a win is a win. We'll take it."

Updated September 12, 2017

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