The team ran for a season-high 147 yards, their highest total since a 148-yard effort against Tennessee in Week 2 of last year.
Still, the one most of the players were buzzing on both sides of the ball, and rightfully so, was the way the Chargers offense dominated time of possession. San Diego controlled the clock for 38:31 while the Colts had it for just 21:29. Long sustained drives ending in points combined with keeping Andrew Luck off the field and giving the defense a rest was a key in coming out victorious.
“When you have time of possession the way it was- 38 minutes in the game – and not turning the football over, that was another big emphasis for our football team,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “It was an outstanding performance for our football team.”
The Bolts were able to dominate time of possession with key third down conversions, going 7-of-14 in that department. Four of the times they were unable to convert, they were in field goal range, ensuring points were put on the board.
“We’re getting better,” said
In addition to the raucous fans at the stadium and the coaches on the sideline, perhaps no one was happier with the way the Chargers were in control of the clock than the Chargers defense. When asked about their stellar performance, most brought up how the offense put them in position to succeed with the long drives they put together. There were certainly a number of them, including four consecutive drives of 12, 17, 11 and 15 plays. Time of possession on those drives respectively was 6:14, 7:58, 5:55 and a whopping 9:13.
“We played well when we were on the field, but there is no better defense than when we are on the sideline drinking Gatorade because our offense is out there,” said
“It was huge,” he said. “It gives us rest. It keeps us on the sideline. The best defense is a great offense, so controlling the ball and getting points gives us the confidence that makes us feel we can go out there and win the game. We’re not so tired. It was definitely complementary football tonight, and that’s what you need to win games.”