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Block lifts Broncos

Sports Xchange

DENVER — Shelby Harris pushed and shoved and stuck his hand high in the air, hoping for the best. And he managed to get a piece of the ball.

The big, burly defensive end blocked Younghoe Koo's second 44-yard field-goal attempt in the final moments after the rookie kicker's successful first kick was waved off because of a last-second timeout, preserving the Denver Broncos' 24-21 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night.

"It feels great," Harris said. "I've actually blocked a couple of field goals in college. It's like, one, two, three, put your hand up. It's like a craft."

Bradford, Vikings find offense

MINNEAPOLIS — For the first quarter Monday night, the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints traded long field-goal drives, seeming to feel out the opponent and a new season.

After another Saints field goal in the second quarter, Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford connected with receiver Adam Thielen for 35 yards. The next play, Bradford went to Jarius Wright for 21 yards. An 18-yard pass to a wide-open Stefon Diggs capped the 3-play, 74-yard drive with a touchdown.

The Vikings found their offense, the defense tightened against the league's No. 1 offense from last season, and Minnesota was on its way to a convincing 29-19 win against the New Orleans Saints.

Bradford threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, and the Vikings spoiled Adrian Peterson's return.

"I (thought) those couple plays just got us going," Bradford said. "I think once that happened, it really just opened the door a little bit and kind of opened things up for us."

 

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