The only touchdown of the game. Photo Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Well, that one’s in the book, folks. The Colts move to 4-2 after another San Diego heartbreak. The final score of 19-9 seemed closer than the actual game. The Chargers outgained the Colts 374-267, converted 7/14 third downs versus Indy’s 2/10, and held the ball for 38:31. They appeared to be a step ahead of everything the Colts tried to do.
Much like last week’s thrilling victory over the Seahawks, it didn’t start out that way. The game began with Andrew Luck drawing the defense offside with a hard count – in an away game – then throwing a 35-yard flea flicker pass to Reggie Wayne.
The drive fizzled out, ending in a field goal and a 3-0 lead, but things looked good for Indianapolis. The defense then came out and forced a three and out. On third down, ILB Jerrell Freeman, who grew up watching Chargers QB Philip Rivers and TE Antonio Gates, grounded the veteran duo with some tight, physical one-on-one coverage against Gates.
This is the end of the good part. Indianapolis followed up the defense’s performance with a quick three and out. The defense, still playing well at this point, trotted back out after a bad punt by Pat McAfee (he did not get the good bounce that Scifres enjoyed), gave up one first down, and forced another punt.