San Diego beats Indianapolis in Monday-night game
Philip Rivers threw a TD pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the host San Diego Chargers a 19-9 victory over Indianapolis.
The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO – Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers kept Andrew Luck on the sideline most of the night, giving the Indianapolis Colts quarterback no chance for another comeback.
Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals as the Chargers beat the Colts 19-9 on Monday night.
Rivers methodically moved the Chargers (3-3) on four scoring drives of at least 65 yards as he rebounded from a three-interception performance in a dismal loss at Oakland.
Dropped passes by the Colts (4-2) helped prevent them from taking a two-game lead over Tennessee in the AFC South.
Last week, Luck helped rally the Colts to a 34-28 victory over the visiting Seahawks.
“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. “We didn’t go into the game saying, ‘Let’s play ball control.’ We wanted to score as many points as we could. We didn’t score that many, but we did sustain drives. I thought Keenan Allen stepped up big.
“They were doubling Gatesy (Antonio Gates) a lot, and Danny Woodhead stepped up big. The offensive line was great.”
Most of the talk entering the game was about the Indianapolis offense.
“I wasn’t sure who the Colts were playing this week, all the ads I saw,” Rivers said.
Luck had no real chance against the Bolts because of two long drives in the second quarter that helped contribute to the Chargers dominating the time of possession, 38 minutes, 31 seconds to 21:29.
Rivers was 22 of 33 for 237 yards and no interceptions. Luck was 18 of 30 for 202 yards and was intercepted once.
“We stunk on third down today,” Luck said. “A lot of credit to their defense. I think we made our fair share of mistakes, but I think it’s what they did. If we can’t convert third downs and drives continually stall like that, it’s a short rest for our defense and no points for us, so it’s a bad combination.”