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Denver beats Chargers on Brandon McManus’ field goal as time expires – The Denver Post

CARSON, Calif. – Out of timeouts, running out of time (1:51 remaining) and way out of field goal range (their 8-yard line), the Broncos felt confident about rallying against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Despite the awful field position.

Despite leaning on an offensive line with new starters at three positions.

And, most importantly, despite their misfortune in close games.

But as long as a team has time, it has hope.

Quarterback Case Keenum completed passes of 38 and 30 yards to receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton, respectively, the second play ending with 12 seconds remaining. The Broncos rushed downfield and Keenum spiked the football with three seconds left, allowing Brandon McManus to connect on a 34-yard field goal as time expired for a thrilling 23-22 win over the previously-surging Chargers.

At 4-6 and with only two wins in their last eight games, the Broncos are far from doing anything special. But by starting the post-bye portion of their schedule with a win, it makes the next game (Sunday vs. Pittsburgh) a tad more interesting.

“It’s fun to win,” coach Vance Joseph said. “We expect to win. I don’t think the guys in the locker room are really surprised.”

Credit the Broncos: They have showed a resolve when some NFL teams would have already started counting down to locker room clean-out day. To Joseph’s point, the Broncos are expected to play hard. To counter Joseph’s point, few expected them to play well … much less win.

But their want-to was rewarded multiple times against the Chargers (7-3).

The Broncos fell behind 6-0, but used a fake punt to set a go-ahead score. They received a regular season interception from Von Miller for the first time in six years to help re-take the lead (20-19) with 12:17 remaining. And they made a rare third down stop to force the Chargers to punt after the two-minute warning.

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