Joseph and the Broncos walked away a 24-21 victor over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night when Shelby Harris sliced through and blocked kicker Younghoe Koo's 44-yard field goal attempt with a second left.
In the end, the Chargers couldn't get it done.
Here's a look at the win by the numbers. In fact, they may have been the best five-win team in the history of the National Football League, losing nine games by six points or less. It's likely: the Broncos are a really good defensive team. They started their first drive on their own 25-yard line after a touchback. Denver needs him to stay healthy to be the best version of itself.
The Broncos hold an 8-2 record in terms of the last ten meetings between the two teams, with their most recent meeting coming back in November of previous year.
Yet, Gordon's run wasn't a harbinger of nightmares to come for the Broncos' run defense.
They held the Chargers to only 2.9 yards per carry, and 5.8 per throw. Todd Davis smashed into Melvin Gordon on fourth down with the night's biggest not produced by the Rockies' Nolan Arenado. If he can just get the ball out of his hands quickly and into Demaryius Thomas' or Emmanuel Sanders', he should be alright in this game. Denver sometimes struggled, though, to get pass-catching contributions from others a season ago. "Then our tight ends and Bennie [Fowler III] stepped up". Just over 49 minutes of game time had ticked off, and the top three Chargers wide receivers had combined for only 60 receiving yards. He somehow came up with this ball. Bosa is coming off a stellar rookie campaign in which he tallied 10.5 sacks in just 12 games. That would be excellent news for the Broncos, who want to make sure that while Lynch is not going to be the starter on game day, he will be getting valuable reps in practice every day during the week.
Joseph kept his team focused by imploring them to remember it wasn't over.
"That's how they're going to be - going to be like that all season", Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. The tide has yet to turn for the Chargers, however.
During his introductory news conference, even Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn slipped up, saying he was proud to be the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers instead of the newly named Los Angeles Chargers. They've tied one of them. Ingram was one of the dominant forces in the game late, but he didn't completely take it over, and his quiet first half allowed Denver to build up enough of a lead to hang on. Losing Monday would've been an all-time collapse. I will not be surprised to see the Chargers win this game, but I'm taking Denver this time.
Every win counts the same, but this one serves as a reminder of how fragile the 2017 Broncos can be if either terrible luck or a flailing offense comes at the worst time.