The Indianapolis Colts traveled to the west coast to take on the LA Chargers on Sunday. The Colts, who came up short in the game, went to overtime with last year’s top wildcard team out of the AFC.
The Colts deferred possession to the second half, which allowed the Chargers to start the game. After back to back punts from both teams, the Chargers were the first to score via a 1 yard rush from running back Austin Ekeler, who is filling in for former Pro-Bowler Melvin Gordon. The Colts offense started strong as well despite some doubts from critics who thought the team stood no chance without the newly retired Andrew Luck. Indy went down the field with their first possession of the second quarter off of a pass from quarterback Jacoby Brissett, however, kicker Adam Vinatieri missed the point after maintaining the Chargers lead. The Chargers scored the next ten points unanswered to close out the first half with a 17-6 lead. The end of the half also saw a second missed kick from Vinatieri giving him his fourth missed kick in his last two games.
The Colts started the second half with a forty-four-yard field goal which was a sigh of relief for the Indy special teams. The Chargers extended their lead to 24-9 after a long fifty-five yard run from Ekeler. The Colts answered back with a long touchdown, from running back Marlon Mack that was sixty-three yards. After back to back punts the Colts had another field goal opportunity fail, giving Vinatieri his first game with 2 missed field goals and a missed PAT. After quarterback Phillip Rivers was intercepted with one hand belonging to defensive back Malik Hooker, Receiver TY Hilton scored the game-tying touchdown to end regulation 24-24.
Overtime only required one possession from the Chargers. After just 8 plays Ekeler scored his third and final touchdown to end the game.
The Colts lost 30-24 but left the field has proven that they are contenders in the AFC. Brissett threw 2 touchdowns on 22 of 27 passing and 190 yards. Mack led the way in rushing behind a 174-yard day and one touchdown. The receiving leader for the team was Hilton, who had 87 yards, eight receptions, and two touchdowns.
The Colts finish their two-game stretch of away games against the division rival Tennessee Titans. The Last time Indy played in Nashville they were playing for a playoff spot and won the game 33-17. The game will be this Sunday at 1 pm.