The Chargers are in La La Land after this call.
LA tied with the rival of AFC West Denver with 19 seconds remaining in the regulation on Sunday, but instead of being content to leave overtime, Drew Lock and the Broncos called for a final play. And, boy, it was worth it.
Lock threw a deep ball to the open receiver Courtland Sutton, and the Chargers defender Casey Hayward was signaled for pass interference. The penalty put the Broncos in the field goal range, and Brandon McManus hit the shot from 53 yards when time expired to give Denver his fourth win of the season.
NFL Vice President of Arbitration, Al Riveron, explained that Hayward cut Sutton, resulting in pass interference.
Because the call was made within two minutes, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn could not challenge him, and the play did not reach the stand review.
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"The explanation was that we made contact with the catcher too soon. I didn't see him that way," Lynn told reporters after the game. "Well, it's frustrating to defend yourself and give yourself the chance to win a game, and make the game end in a play like that, it's very frustrating."
The fourth victory of the year in Denver was also the first of rookie Lock in the NFL in his debut as a starter. The Chargers fell to 4-8.