The Los Angeles Chargers secured their spot in the post season with their win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night. LA’s defense came up big in the playoff clinching win holding the Colts out of the end zone all game as the Chargers rolled 20-3 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Los Angeles knew that they would wrap up one of the three available spots in the AFC Wild Card with a win over Indy and shut Nick Foles and the Indy offense down. Justin Herbert and the offense had another sub par game, but Austin Ekeler’s two short rushing TDs were enough to push the Chargers on to the playoffs.
Herbert had 235 yards and a first quarterback interception, while Ekeler carried the ball 18 yties for 67 yards and two TDs, while Keenan Allen went for 104 yards on 11 receptions.
The first quarter started slowly as both teams went three and out on their opening drives. Nick Foles threw a pick on the following drive, and then Justin Herbert threw one of his own, but LA got the ball right back on a pick just five plays later.
Defense picks Foles three times
It took more than 20 minutes, but the Chargers finally got on the board after a 13 play drive that was polished off with a one yard run from Ekeler. Indy would cut into the lead with a field goal on the next drive, but those would be the only points of the game for Foles and the Colts.
Foles threw another interception after his two first quarter picks as the offense continued to sputter in the second half. Up 13-3, Ekeler and the Chargers punched another TD in to stretch the game out of reach.
The Chargers are now the favorites to earn the top Wild Card spot which would earn them a first round date with either the Jaguars or the Titanswhichever team wins the AFC South.
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