But the team's 23-22 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, November 18, offered some consolation, giving beleaguered fans who've spent months venting their spleen on Twitter an opportunity to turn their rhetorical guns on Public Enemy No. 1: much-loathed quarterback Philip Rivers.
At first, the Broncos appeared to be on track to once again play just well enough to lose close. There were highlights aplenty, including interceptions by Chris Harris Jr. and Von Miller, who returned his pick 42 yards, leading to a Royce Freeman touchdown that brought Denver to within 19-14.
But as the fourth quarter dribbled away, the Broncos were on the short end of a 22-20 Chargers lead. Then absolutely embarrassing clock management by Rivers and company gave Denver QB Case Keenum one last chance — and for once, he didn't come up short. Completions to Jeff Heuerman, Emmanuel Sanders, Matt LaCosse and Courtland Sutton set up Brandon McManus for a game-winning field goal. And this time, he split the uprights.
A certain brand of Broncos believer still thinks the squad has a chance to make the playoffs — a theory that represents the nexus between delusional and drunk, particularly given that next week's opponent is the Pittsburgh Steelers. But for one week, Broncos Country has bragging rights over Philip Rivers. And that's something.
Count down our picks for the twenty most memorable post-game tweets below.
Philip "cry me a" River. Love or hate him and the majority is on the hate.— Hags (@Hags1978) November 19, 2018
Broncos win on a walk-off vs Philip Cry me a Rivers, my birthday is Tuesday, and Thanksgiving break right around the corner. Life is good.— Parker Browning (@PBrowning3) November 19, 2018
The broncos really bully Philip Rivers every time they play, don’t think I’ve seen that man not cry playing against Denver in years— Trevor Drake (@trevordrake23) November 19, 2018
I absolutely hate to see them win but at least Philip "cry me a" Rivers lost. I hate him with a passion.— Cody Nelson (@Themarvolus1) November 19, 2018
MY FUCKING BRONCOS WINNING BY ONE!!!! Lolololol go cry a river somewhere else Philip— Natalie Jordan (@NatalieJordan16) November 19, 2018
Philip Rivers is a MORON! He let 40 seconds stay on the clock by throwing it in the dirt with nobody near him. Why, why would he not take a sack when someone got near him. He sucks!— Glenn Vaudreuil (@gmanglenn1955) November 19, 2018
SUCK IT, PHILIP RIVERS!!!!!!!!!— LeoraGobbleRuzin (@LeoraKitty78) November 19, 2018
Hahahahahahaha, Denver may be bad but suck it Philip Rivers— NDEddieMac (@NDEddieMac) November 19, 2018
Philip Rivers is a choke artist who doesn't deserve to be enshrined in Canton.— Rodeo Berry Sauce (@RodeoBear26) November 19, 2018
Philip Rivers play today best example of why the Chargers will choke in the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/udISXw4Y1g— Sports Plus (@PrepSportsPlus) November 19, 2018
Philip Rivers is returning to his usual late season choke pic.twitter.com/DYnPOUiXXP— Contrell (@ContrellArmor) November 19, 2018
People always ask why I’m a Philip Rivers hater....and now y’all see why....it’s all stats man.. that’s all it is with him. Bro is a fucking pathological choke artist....— Zay (@zayischillinn) November 19, 2018
I’m so done with Philip Rivers, I’ve been a chargers fan for over 10 years and it’s the same shit every “big” game we have you choke.— Hardy (@FFAHardy) November 19, 2018
Philip Rivers is fucking pathetic choke after choke after choke omg sometimes I hate being a chargers fan— Enriqo (@ShortEnriqo) November 19, 2018
Philip Rivers and the Chargers found another creative way to blow it, all they had to do was gain a few more yards and/or keep the clock running.— Ian O'Brien (@iobrien27) November 19, 2018
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What was that by Rivers & the Chargers?— RPD (@rpdunn8) November 19, 2018
1st thy blow a handoff on 2nd down, and then spike the ball? When the team has no timeouts??
Some, if not all of that is in Philip Rivers.