Denver took a 24-7 lead into the fourth quarter in this opener and the Broncos were feeling pretty good.

Peterson could get a fair amount of play time if Ingram gets hurt — he’s missed 12 games over the past four seasons. So Peterson appears to be more of an expensive insurance policy than a player who is going to get enough touches to stick it to anybody, much less his former team in the season opener.

It’s sad when a formerly great player such as the seven-time Pro Bowler and three-time league rushing champion plays out his final years as a shadow of his former self on the field and as a subject of ridicule off the field. It would be nice to be able to root for Peterson to continue his climb up the NFL career rushing list (he currently ranks No. 16) while hoping he finally makes it to a Super Bowl. But his obviously over-sized ego, along with his shaky off-field reputation, precludes many from being the Peterson fans they were earlier in his career.

And why not? The Chargers were 1-155 in their history when trailing by 17 or more in the fourth quarter and Denver was 175-0-1 with a fourth-quarter lead of 17 or more.

Then came a nightmarish eight-minute stretch in which they had two turnovers that were converted into touchdowns, a missed field goal and a punt.

“The game was in firm control for about three quarters there and we felt good but you turn the ball over twice on the short side of the 50, it’s going to be a problem with Philip Rivers,” Joseph said.

Before those fourth-quarter foibles, Trevor Siemian threw two TD passes to Bennie Fowler and ran for another score.

The Broncos held Rivers to 115 yards passing through three quarters but let him engineer Cheap NFL Jerseys Good Quality a comeback when Siemian threw an interception and Jamaal Charles fumbled on plays that were Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys upheld despite video evidence that had the crowd of 76,324 convinced they should have been overturned.

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