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
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
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
After the Colts kicked a field goal at the buzzer to end the first half, the Chargers lead was just 10-6. The
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.
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
“An outstanding team effort. We had some guys go down, especially on defense and then
“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
“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
“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.