After an embarrassing loss last Sunday to the Oakland Raiders, many did not expect the San Diego Chargers to play as well as they did against the Colts with Andrew Luck as quarterback. The Chargers won 19-9 at Qualcomm Stadium, breaking the Colts winning streak and bringing the team 3-3 for the season.
Although the Chargers were short three starting linebackers from the lineup, the defense stepped up big and shut down the Colts offense. Luck of the Colts was unable to complete any touchdown passes in the 202 yards he threw. The Chargers pressured the Colts to drop five passes in Monday’s game despite only dropping a total of eight passes for the season. “They forced us in making a lot of those mistakes,” Luck said about the Charger defense after the game.
The possession time difference between the teams reveals how the Chargers were able to control the pace of the game; the Chargers possessed the ball for 38:31 minutes compared to the Colts possessing the ball for 21:29 minutes. Rivers completed 22 of 33 passes for a total of 237 yards and threw the one 22-yard touchdown pass of the game to wide receiver Keenan Allen.
Rookie Allen led all receivers with nine total catches and 107 receiving yards. The Chargers website is trying to get the third round pick voted as the Pepsi Next Rookie of the Week after being nominated by his performance during the Colts game.
“Keenan Allen is only the second Chargers rookie ever to post back-to-back 100-yard games and is the first to do so since 1960,” the Chargers website states.
The Chargers offense was effective in ball possession by focusing more on their rushing strategy. Ryan Matthews rushed for 47 yards on 11 carries and Danny Woodhead ran 20 yards on two carries. “We need to have that balance,” Rivers said postgame about running the ball more. The game “was an old school kind of NFL win that’s good for our team,” Rivers added.
The highlight of the game had to be Nick Novak’s fourth field goal of the game, where he successfully kicked from 50 yards with only two minutes left in the game, bringing the Chargers 10 points ahead of the Colts. The Colts offense tried to fight back, but Derek Cox intercepted a ball tipped by Reggie Wayne with less than a minute to go, finalizing the Chargers as champions.
After the game, Coach McCoy and quarterback Philip Rivers both said how important it is they win another game against the Jaguars before their week buy. McCoy said, “You’ve got to put two or three in a row together. You’ve got to keep on going. The key in this game is to be more consistent and not turn the ball over on the road. That will be a big emphasis this week.”
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