The Indianapolis Colts were denied their fifth win of the season and the Chargers evened their record to 3-3 on Monday night. The San Diego defense stopped Colts QB Andrew Luck dead in his tracks and won by a 19-9 final score.
That lightning bolt on the Chargers helmet is finally starting to make some sense to me, after all these years thinking ‘what the hell is that thing and what does it have to do with charging?’. Now I know.
San Diego’s defensive line, featuring rookie linebacker and Notre Dame grad Manti Te’o, held Luck to one of his worst quarterback ratings of the season; the QB that most ESPN analysts insist could be the NFL’s top young QB could not get anything going against a Charger team that relied heavily on its defense last night.
Luck picked up 202 yards of passing with no touchdowns and one interception and the Charger defensive unit credited with 1.5 sacks.
It was hard for Luck to pull off another comeback or even get into the end zone while standing on the sideline waiting for a chance to make a play
On the home side, QB Philip Rivers had a little better night in terms of passing yards as he threw for 237 yards and one touchdown pass, to Keenan Allen, he was not intercepted and finished with a QB rating of 68.3.
Rivers guided a balanced offense on three scoring drives of at least 74 yards. He rebounded beautifully from a dismal performance in Oakland last weekend where he threw three interceptions.
Indianapolis couldn’t even score a touchdown; they relied on three field goals from Adam Vinatieri to keep it close.
Rivers said part of the key to playing well last night was running a no huddle offense.
“We knew if we didn’t turn the ball over and we sustained drives, which we did — we had some 12, 14, 16-play drives — that we’d give ourselves a chance to win,” Rivers said.
San Diego however dominated in the ‘time of possession’ stat, controlling the ball for nearly 40 minutes.
Last week, Luck rallied to bring the Colts back against the Seattle Seahawks, and went on to win 34-28.
For the first time in weeks, Rivers and his team were able to put to rest all of that talk about how the Colts are surviving in the second season of the post-Peyton Manning era.
If they really want to see it, it’ll be right on their doorstep next Sunday night, in a game that could put the Super Bowl to shame. The Colts say they have a celebration planned for what used to be called Peyton’s Place as Manning makes his return to Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time as a member of another team.