Chargers top Colts 19-9 in Monday night showdown
The San Diego Chargers topped the Indianapolis Colts in a low-scoring battle Monday night. Nick Novak kicked four field goals for the Chargers in the 19-9 victory.
"We really felt like we shot ourselves in the foot," Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne said. "This is not the way we wanted to come out on Monday Night Football."
Andrew Luck drove the Colts into the Chargers' red zone with the opening drive, but Indy was forced to settle for a 30-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri to take a 3-0 lead.
The Chargers took the lead in the second quarter, with Philip Rivers directing a 74-yard scoring drive. Rivers hit Keenan Allen with a 22-yard touchdown pass for a 7-3 advantage.
A 31-yard field goal by Novak increased the San Diego lead to 10-3 with just under two minutes remaining in the half.
But Luck drove the Colts into field goal range in time for Vinatieri to kick his second field goal of the game, this time from 50 yards, as time expired in the first half.
Novak got the points back for the Chargers in the third quarter, kicking a 33-yard field goal on the opening drive of the half to push the lead back to seven points. A third Novak field goal in the fourth quarter gave San Diego a 16-6 lead.
Vinatieri got the Colts within seven points again with 7:21 remaining in the game with a 51-yard field goal. Colts receiver Reggie Wayne pulled in the 1,000th pass of his career during the field goal drive, becoming just the ninth player in NFL history to reach that mark.
"I would much rather have a win to come with it. I'm very humbled to be in an elite class, but man, we got to find a way to bounce back," said Wayne.
Novak kicked a fourth field goal on the first play after the two-minute warning to give the Chargers a 19-9 lead.
Luck completed 18 of 30 passes for 202 yards, but could not find the end zone and threw a late interception ended the Colts' hopes for a comeback. Rivers was 22 for 33 for 237 yards, including the game's only touchdown.
The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Colts, who fall to 4-2 on the year, but stayed in first place in the AFC South. The win evens the Chargers record at 3-3.
The game marked Indy's first appearance on Monday Night Football since October 3, 2011.
Linebackers Donald Butler and Jarret Johnson, and guard Chad Rinehart are among San Diego's inactive players for its game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Butler has a groin injury, Johnson a hamstring injury and Rinehart an injured toe.
Also inactive for the Chargers are quarterback Brad Sorensen, safety Brandon Taylor, tackle Mike Remmers and defensive end Lawrence Guy.
Inactive for the Colts are free safety LaRon Landry, running back Daniel Herron, inside linebacker Kavell Conner, lineman Khaled Holmes, tackle Xavier Nixon, outside linebacker Bjorn Werner and defensive Montori Hughes.
Johnnie Troutman is expected to start on Monday night for Chad Rinehart, Tourek Williams for Johnson and Andrew Gachkar for Butler.
Delano Howell is expected to start for Landry.
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