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Chargers Shine on Monday Night Beating Colts 19-9

Posted Oct 14, 2013

Here is your recap for tonight's game between the Chargers and Colts.

The Chargers come out on top Monday night, beating Colts 19-9.

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The Colts won the opening coin toss and elected to receive.  A flea-flicker pass from Andrew Luck to Reggie Wayne went for 35-yards, getting Indy into San Diego territory. The Colts picked up another pair of first downs, but the defense held  on 3rd-and-4, limiting the  damage to an Adam Vinatieri field goal and a 3-0 lead for Indianapolis.  On offense for the first time, the Chargers gained nine yards of first down but were forced to punt.  The defense responded in kind forcing a three-and-out.   Back with the ball, the Bolts were forced to punt for a second consecutive drive and a booming Mike Scifres punt had the Colts starting their third drive on their own seven yard line. On 3rd-and-1, Luck rolled out but was harassed by Corey Liuget who forced the Colts to punt.  Philip Rivers completed two third down passes, one to Keenan Allen and one to Antonio Gate, and the Chargers had the ball in Indianapolis territory after the first 15 minutes of play.

Just under three minutes into the second quarter, Rivers hit Allen on a perfectly thrown 22-yard pass that the rookie receiver dove and caught in the end zone.  The score gave the Chargers a 7-3 lead.  After allowing a first down, the defense behind a loud Qualcomm Stadium, forced a punt.  What happened next was a 17-play drive which ended with a Nick Novak field goal.  The drive was the longest scoring drive of the season for the Bolts, surpassing the one earlier in the quarter to put San Diego ahead 10-3.  With just under two minutes remaining in the half, the Colts moved the ball down the field setting up a 50-yard field goal attempt that Vinatieri drilled, making it 10-6 at half.

Starting the second half with the ball, the Bolts strung together an 11-play drive in just under six minutes that extended the lead to 13-6.  On their first possession of the third quarter, Indianapolis converted a pair of 3rd-and-1’s before the Bolts defense forced an incompletion on 3rd-and-3.  Pat McAfee dropped in a punt that backed the Chargers to their own 10-yard line.  The team picked up two first downs out to their own 36 yard line as the third quarter came to an end.

The Chargers got down to the Colts 15 yard line with a deep pass to Ladarius Green and a couple of strong runs by Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Le’Ron McClain.  After Rivers was sacked, Novak drilled his third field goal of the game for a 16-6 advantage. Indy responded with a quick strike on offense as two completions to Reggie Wayne had them in Chargers territory.  Kendall Reyes had a monster nine-yard sack on second down to force a 3rd-and-19.  The Chargers stropped them on third down, setting up a 51-yard field goal that Vinatieri nailed to trim the lead to 16-9. Rivers and the offense came back on the field only gaining one first down forced to punt the ball away.  The Colts then went three-and-out forcing them to punt from deep in their territory.  The Chargers offense took over near midfield with just over three minutes remaining in the game.  With a couple of first downs, the Charges offense set up Nick Novak to kick a 51-yard field goal and put the Chargers up by 10 at the two minute warning. With one last ditch effort, the Colts try to rally but their drive ended in a Chargers interception.  The Bolts offense took the field to drain the clock to zero.

Turning Point

After the Colts kicked a field goal at the buzzer to end the first half, the Chargers lead was just 10-6.  The Chargers set the tone that they wouldn’t be deterred with their first drive of the second half.  The team pieced together another long drive, this one an 11-play drive over 5:51 that ended with a field goal.  The defense then forced a punt after the Colts drove down to the San Diego 40, and the Chargers then kicked another field goal to give them a secure advantage the rest of the game.

It was Over When…

You could argue Nick Novak’s fourth field goal of the game, a 50-yard blast that gave the Bolts a 10-point lead on the first play after the two minute warning clinched the deal, but I find it fitting to give it to the defense after the tremendous game they had.  Derek Cox made a great athletic play to snare a tipped ball off the hands of Reggie Wayne for an interception.   That was the final nail in the coffin for the Bolts big win.

Play of the Game

Keenan Allen is quickly proving he belongs in this league.  The rookie wide receiver scored the lone touchdown of the game on a 22-yard catch in the second quarter.  The ball was perfectly thrown by Philip Rivers over two defenders to where only Allen could catch it, and number 13 dove to haul in the pass to give the Bolts the lead for the rest of the game. 

Stat of the Game

The Chargers won the time of possession battle 38:31 to 21:29. 

Bolt Quotebook

An outstanding team effort.  We had some guys go down, especially on defense and then Eddie Royal went down during the game, and some young players really stepped up.  Give a lot of credit to the defensive staff and the offensive staff and the special teams.  The plans they put together with the personnel we had – that’s the game.  You’ve got to take advantage of what you have and what your players do best.” – Head Coach Mike McCoy

“From a leadership standpoint, we’re not going to let anybody go in the tank.  We’re not going to let us fall asleep, and we’re not going to quit.  One thing I can say is that that’s true about what we do.  So I have no concern about the resiliency that we would show tonight, but I did also understand, we understood, what was at stake.”  -Quarterback Philip Rivers

“It’s all about stepping up.  That’s the thing about this game.  It’s the next man up mentality.  That’s what we did all week.  Everyone stepped up.” – Defensive End Kendall Reyes

“We did a good job running the ball and keeping Philip up.  We dominated at the point of attack.  Our coaches emphasized on that all week long after the week we had last week. If we play hard for 60 minutes like we did today, that’s the ball game.” – Right Tackle D.J. Fluker

“My uncle texted me earlier today saying, ‘You started your career off with an interception against Indianapolis,’ and to end the night with one feels great. “ Cornerback Derek Cox

“It shows what we’re capable of.  We put our minds to it, listen to our coaches and we believe.  That’s the biggest thing with us, is the confidence.  We’re so young that a lot of times when tough things happen that it tends to go the wrong way.  As long as we always believe in each other and never turn our back on each other and continue to grind – it’s a long 60-minute game.  We never know what can happen in the ups and downs of the game.  For us as older guys, we just keep stressing that, to believe in each other and believe in this team, believe in this offense and special teams.  When it comes down to the fourth quarter, we’ve got to make a play to win.” – Safety Eric Weddle

“Anytime you win in the National Football League it’s great.  Coach put it best when we came in.  We’ve got to learn from this.  We’ve got to learn from a win and remember how it feels and remember the work that we put in.” – Inside Linebacker Manti Te’o

Odds and Ends

The Chargers were 7-of-14 on third down while the defense limited the Colts to just 2-of-10.

Philip Rivers completed 22 of 33 yards for 237 yards and one touchdown for a 97.7 passer rating.

The team rushed for 147 yards, with Ryan Mathews leading the way for 102 yards.  It was his first 100-plus yard rushing game since 2011.

Keenan Allen led all receivers in catches (nine) and receiving yards (107).

Allen’s had back-to-back 100 yard games.  He is only the second rookie in team history to accomplish that feat, with the other being Don Norton in 1960.

Derek Cox, Manti Te’o and Eric Weddle led the way with five tackles a piece.

Inactives for the Chargers include: Donald Butler, Jarret Johnson, Brad Sorensen, Brandon Taylor, Lawrence Guy, Mike Remmers and Chad Rinehart.

Johnnie Troutman started at left guard for Chad Rinehart, Tourek Williams at outside linebacker Jarret Johnson and Andrew Gachkar at inside linebacker for Donald Butler.

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