For the most part, the Denver Broncos' 2018-2019 season has been another study in disappointment
that will almost certainly end in the firing of head coach Vance Joseph
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.
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