During the nightcap of Monday Night Football's debut for the 2017-2018 NFL regular season, your Denver Broncos found a new and exciting way to rip Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers's heart out of his chest. And Broncos fans on Twitter took delight in his misery, hate-tweeting at Rivers before, during and after Denver's nail-biting 24-21 victory. See our twenty favorite Twitter salvos below.
The September 11 game, which I witnessed from nosebleed seats inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High (yeah, it's still called that — and the name could stick around for quite a while), shouldn't have been that close. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Broncos held a 24-7 lead after giving up just one score to Rivers and company. But new offensive coach Mike McCoy got conservative way too early, setting the stage for a pair of disasters — namely a bizarre Trevor Siemian interception and a Jamaal Charles fumble, both of which led to Chargers TDs.
Add in a missed field goal by Denver's Brandon McManus, whose new $11.24 million extension was made official today, and Bradley Roby's second spirit-crushing interference penalty of the evening (albeit on a terrible call), and L.A. had a chance to tie the game with a field goal in the waning seconds. If not for new coach Vance Joseph effectively icing the Chargers' rookie kicker Younghoe Koo and defensive-line afterthought Shelby Harris partially blocking the attempt that counted, Broncos fans would have been doing a lot more crying than Rivers did earlier in the contest, following a briefly redemptive Roby interception.
This series of events resulted in a victory that Siemian and company did their damnedest to give away and left Rivers shattered again, much to the profane delight of the Broncos faithful on Twitter. A couple of the messages below offer grudging respect for Rivers even as they express their deep loathing for him. The rest go for the jugular. Count them down below.
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