Colts 24 (OT)…Colts +6.5 covers
This was a close game most of the way and any time it looked like the Chargers could pull away, the Colts made a big play to stay right within distance of winning this game. This was a 24-24 game heading into overtime and Adam Vinatieri missed two hipshot field goals for the Colts on top of an extra point. The 7 points Vinatieri left on the board looked like it would be the nail in the coffin for Indianapolis, but Malik Hooker made a HUGE one-handed interception in the end zone in the 4th quarter to shift momentum and allow the Colts to score the game-tying touchdown.
Jacoby Brissett looked calm and collected vs a really good front 7 and started out the game completing his first 7 passes in a row. He finished with a stat line of 21/27 for 190 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. He was an impressive 7 for 13 on 3rd downs and the Colts offensive line helped Brissett escape with only 2 sacks vs a mean Chargers defensive line. Brissett leaned on Marlon Mack and TY Hilton heavily – Mack ran for 174 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries and TY caught 8 of 9 targets for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Colts had a questionable call go against them early in the 4th quarter when it looked like Eric Ebron was in the end zone for touchdown. Adam Vinatieri missed an easy field goal right afterwards.
The Bolts didn’t miss Melvin Gordon one bit – Austin Ekeler was all over the highlight reel with 154 yards from scrimmage (12 carries/58 yards rushing + 1 TD and 6 receptions for 96 yards + 2 TDs). This is no surprise as Ekeler has always been a favorite of Rivers and his shifty running ability makes him hard to tackle. Keenan Allen had a big game and made same great grabs like usual, grabbing 8 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. Rivers was sacked 4 times and the Colts did a good job of pressuring him throughout the day, but overall he made plays when he needed to and led a great drive in overtime to win the game. He finished with 333 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 INT on 25/34 throwing.
- Colts won the turnover battle 0-2
- 1st downs were basically even (Chargers 25, Colts 22)
- Nobody on the Colts aside from TY Hilton had more than 4 receptions
- T:O:P was almost even as well (Colts 32:09, Chargers 32:50)
- Chargers were 7-13 on 3rd down, Colts were 7-11
Colts opened +3 at Tennessee next week
Chargers opened -3 at Detroit next week