Colts win second straight game to take 3-2 lead over Chargers
The Indianapolis Colts defeated the San Diego Chargers in overtime on Sunday to extend their winning streak to five games, and that stretch has been built on their dominance of the AFC West.
The Colts led 31-24 at halftime before a field goal by Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck sealed the victory.
Indianapolis (7-1) has now won four consecutive games and has outscored its opponents 11-5 over that span.
“We’re not playing to win the game.
We’re playing to lose it,” Colts quarterback Andrew Manning said.
“We’ve got to be ready for this.”
The Chargers (4-5) have not lost a game since November, but they’re on a two-game losing streak.
San Diego was coming off a 36-35 loss at Denver, and it has not won a game in its last five.
San Diego has lost its last two games against Indianapolis, winning by a combined score of 49-21 on Dec. 8 and 24-21 in the opener of the Chargers’ last home game of the season.
Manning completed 11 of 22 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns while throwing three interceptions.
Luck was sacked three times.
The Chargers are averaging 17.6 points in their last three games and will try to avoid their longest losing streak since their last losing streak was nine games in 2007.
The Colts are averaging 33.6 per game in their first five games.
Cristiano Wilfork is a second-team All-Pro for the first time this season, as he leads the NFL with 16 touchdown receptions.
He also is tied for second on the Colts with eight sacks, while Ryan Shazier and Reggie Wayne are tied for third with eight interceptions.
Trent Cole (ankle), Brandon Hughes (knee) and Dontari Poe (hand) have been placed on injured reserve, while Jerrell Freeman (hamstring) is out for the season with a sprained left ankle.
The NFL is still awarding the win for a safety on third down.
After halftime, Manning had eight first downs and one interception on his way to his 17th career 250-yard game.
He finished the day with six touchdowns, tying him with Tony Romo for the most in NFL history.
It is the second time in five games the Colts have beaten the Chargers.
Indianapolis defeated the Chargers in Indianapolis on Nov. 27.
Ryan Shaziers TD pass to Phillip Dorsett set up a 26-yard field goal with 4:14 left in the first half.
At halftime, the Colts had a 23-0 lead, but San Diego took over at the Chargers 36-yard line with just under 10 minutes remaining.
With 3:35 left in regulation, Luck threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dorsant, who ran into the end zone to tie the game and extend the lead to 34-34.
On third down, the Chargers used their only timeout of the first quarter and had just over one minute remaining before halftime.
As a result, the clock ran out and San Diego went for the winning field goal.
A field goal was needed to set up the Chargers tying touchdown, and Eli Manning made two of his three field goals in the third quarter to complete a 51-yard drive.
In the fourth quarter, Manning completed 7 of 10 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown while throwing two interceptions.
The drive resulted in a Colts touchdown.
Indianapolis has won four straight at home, with victories over Jacksonville (2-3), San Francisco (3-2) and New England (2, 3-1).
The game was streamed live on FoxSportsGo and the Colts on the NFL Network at 7 p.m. ET.