Top 20 Tweets About Broncos Breaking Crybaby Philip Rivers's Heart Again

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers complaining (naturally) after an interception by the Broncos' Bradley Roby.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers complaining (naturally) after an interception by the Broncos' Bradley Roby. NFL via YouTube
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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