Manning face! The Colts and the Chargers are tied at 10 as we get set to start the 2nd half at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Sproles takes the kick to the 34. 1st down is a pass to Chambers who picks up 13 and a 1st down. Tomlinson on 1st down up the middle and he picks up 20! 1st down and here's Sproles! All the way to the Indy 12, a gain of 21! Tomlinson goes nowhere this time and the Colts can breath a little.
LT gets a couple on 2nd down and it's 3rd and 7 but wait, false start, it's now 3rd and 12. Rivers from the gun under pressure, Rivers is sacked AND THE BALL'S OUT AND RECOVERED BY RAHEEM BROCK WHO TAKES IT TO THE INDY 34!
"You got a strip, you got a fumble, and you have a recovery."-Al Michaels (Via 49er16)
Was Al describing the play or his sex life? Anyway, Manning completes it to Addai for 4 yards and on 2nd down he hits him for 2. 3rd down he finds Addai again, this time it's for 8 yards and a first down. Addai gets the carry and he picks up a couple. 2nd and 8 and Manning audibles into the gun and passes to Addai who takes it the the SD 46 for 4 yards.
Colts in the hurry up, 3rd and 4, Manning is dancing around with those audibles and finallyh he gest it off for Gonzalez who makes the catch AND TAKES IT ALL THE WAY TO THE SD 17! Gain of 29 and almost all of those can be attributed to Gonzalez's running after the catch. 1st down goes for a yard on the carry by Rhoads.
2nd down and Manning finds Clark for 8 and a timeout is called. Sorry for the seemingly lack of break in paragraphs, Blogger is bunches everything up whenever I click away. 3rd and 1 and Rhoads picks up the first down....REACHES FOR THE GOALLINE....JUST SHORT! 1st and goal. Handoff to Rhoads and he loses yards. Shovel pass on 2nd down and the Chargers get another stop. Timeout Colts who barely got it in before the play clock struck double 0. And it looks like Manning face is going to have to go. It was fine before I added that picture. Or not. Ugh.
Manning hands it off to Rhoads and he is STUFFED BY THE CHARGERS! 4th and goal and let's see what the Colts do. They're going for it. Manning from the gun, barely beats the play clock, and throws it to A WIDE OPEN RHOADS WHO MAKES THE CATCH IN THE ENDZONE! TOUCHDOWN COLTS! The Extra point is good and the Colts lead the Chargers, 17-10.
And it looks like my problem's been fixed. Odd. Sproles takes the kickoff to the 27 and that's where the Chargers will set up shot. Remember when Eli Manning was in those Citizen Eco-Drive commercials? Good times....good times.
"Even if the market goes down 1,000 points this week, it will still be better to week than those guys." - Al Michaels as the cameras shows some turkeys.
Tomlinson picks up 8 on first down. Gates catches the 2nd down pass for a first down to the Charger 44. Rivers hands to Tomlinson and he picks up 4. 2nd and 6 and Rivers from the shot gun is sacked back at the 44! 3rd and 10 now for the San Diego Super Chargers.
"Right into the sack of Robert Mathis." - John Madden
Poor Robert Mathis! Rivers tries to dump it to Tomlinson but it's incomplete and it's 4th down. Scifres' sky high punt is fair caught at the 18. Addai on the carry picks up 3. 2nd and 7 and damn, the Colts schedule looks easy. Cleveland, Cincinnai, Jacksonville, and Detroit. Dallas Clark makes the catch for 4 yards and bowls over some guy on the sideline in the provess. Manning on 3rd down and we will have to wait to see that play. Manning had no idea that the quarter had ended.
We've played 3 in San Diego and the Colts lead the Bolts by a score of 17-10.
3rd and 3 from their own 25 and Manning overthrows everyone, but wait, there's a flag down. Pass interference on the Chargers but no way that ball was catchable. Colts ball at their own 41 and MANNING IS SACKED! Loss of 5. 2nd and 5 and Addai picks up 8. 3rd and 7 coming up for Indy and Manning from the shot gun fires incomplete intended for Clark. Hold everything, we have another pass interference flag on the Chargers. Colts ball at the 50.
This game is quick. (Via SSR)
Agreed. A false start backs the Colts up 5 and on 1st and 15 Manning passes to Harrison for 3 yards. Manning fires and it is ruled incomplete although the Chargers and Chargers fans think that that should have been a catch and a fumble and I agree with said team and fans.
3rd and 12 and Manning finds Gonzalez for a first down at the 37. Gain of 5 on 1st down and on 2nd down Addai up the midde picks up the first. From the 20, Manning fires for the endzone but it's incomplete. 2nd and 10 and Manning form the shotgun overthrows Addai and it's now 3rd and 10 and the Chargers need a stop because this game has quickly turned into Chargers vs. Colts and Refs.
Manning under pressure, just gets it away but it's incomplete. And will come Adam Vinatieri. From 38 yards out. It's up.....AND IT'S DRILLED THROUGH! 20-10 Colts have doubled up the Chargers.
"Great QBs make big plays on 3rd down." - John Madden This man is making millions of dollars to tell me that. (Via SSR)
Did you learn something? I for one, had no idea that that was something great QBs did....The kickoff is taken by Sproles to the San Diego 30. Rivers to Tomlinson and it picks up 7. 2nd down and Rivers finds Chambers for a first. 1st and 10 from the SD 45 and LT picks up 3. Cris Chambers makes the catch on 2nd down and he's just shy of the first.
What is it with announcers being on camera with one standing and one sitting. LT picks up the 1st down on 3rd and short. They needed a yard. They got a yard. Jackson makes the catch inside the 30 to a 28 for another SD 1st down!
Rivers to Jacob Hester and he picks up 5. Amd right now Uncle Gary is shocked to learn that this is why LSU hasn't been handing the ball off to him. Rivers scrambling, looking for a man and he decides to take off and pick up the first down all the way to the 13! Slowest 9 yards ever. Rivers to Hester over the middle and he gets another 9 yards to the 4. LT on the carry is just short of the marker. 3rd and inches Tomlinson gets the first down, but not the TD.
1st and goal for the Chargers and they need to start hurrying. Rivers passes it to Jacob Hester who MAKES THE CATCH IN THE ENDZONE FOR THE TOUCHDOWN! The extra point is good and it's now 20-17 Colts.
Think Norv will kick an on-side kick? He's probably dumb enough to do it this early. (Via Walnuts)
We'll see. I don't think he'd do it but it wouldn't surprise me if he did. And I agree SSR, this has been a well played game throughout. Very entertaining.
Simpson takes the kickoff to the Indy 30 and on will come Peyton to kill the clock. Addai picks up 5 on the 1st down carry and there's 5:10 remaining on the clock in counting. 2nd and 5 and Manning from the gun will throw and it's caught by Addai just short of the marker. And this is big. 3rd and 1 for the Colts.
Manning hands it off to Addai who is brought down in the backfield! The Chargers get the stop they needed and this is quickly becoming the Chargers' game to lose.
"Hunter Smith bangs one deep" - Al Michaels
and it's taken by Pierre Garcon (cue French joke) to the 13. Rivers swings it to Gates who gains 6. 2nd and 4 and Rivers throws it to Tomlinson on the screen and he takes it all the way to the SD 34! 2:38 to go. 1st and 10 and Rivers finds Chambers who makes the catch at the SD 48 for another first down!
Rivers to Sproles and he picks up 11 on the swing pass! He was wide open! And we are at the 2-minute warning. Chargers driving, down by 3, all 3 timeouts intact. This one's finishing up in bold, folks. (sorry for that channeling of Brent Musberger)
1st and 10 for the Chargers and Rivers fires for Gates and it's incomplete. 2nd and 10 coming up. Al said it best. The Chargers need to score a TD while milking as much time as possilbe.
2nd and 10 and we have a false start on the Chargers. That hurts. 2nd and 15. Rivers throws it to Tomlinson who DROPS IT! How costly is that! He had them in field goal range if he makes that catch. Rivers on 3rd and 15 and the pass is caught by Manumaleuna who reaches for the 1st down marker and is just short!
Here comes Nate Kaeding, to tie the game. From 47 yards out....IT'S UP, AND.....IT'S GOOD! KAEDING HAS TIED THIS GAME AT 20!
Here's Simpson from the 14 to the 29 yard line. And here's Peyton Manning with a 2-minute drill. I'd be scared if I were San Diego. His first pass is caught by Gonzalez for a gain of 13. Manning fires again and it's incomplete.
2nd and 10 and Clark makes the catch for a gain of 5. 3rd and 5 and the clock's ticking Manning throws it to Harrison who makes the catch but they're short of the marker! Wait, they've given him the first after all! No, wait again, it's being reviewed! Holy cow!
"What Indianapolis will have to do on 4th down is decide what to do." - Al Michaels
Thanks for the insight! And they've got a spot but they have to measure it! From the replay, it looks like there was no way he got it, but let's see what the measurement says....
JUST SHORT! AND THEY'RE GOING FOR IT! 4TH AND INCHES! MANNING PLAY FAKE AND IT'S CAUGHT BY HARRISON AT THE 34!
That took guts. They hand off to Addai who doesn't get much. They have to spike it, and they do with 2 seconds left! And on will come Vinatieri for a chance at retribution from last year.
Timeout San Diego.
From 51-yards out. VINATIERI'S REDEMPTION IS UP.......AND GOOD!!! AND THAT'S IT! THE COLTS BEAT THE CHARGERS 23-20 IN ANOTHER COLTS-CHARGERS SNF THRILLER!
Thank you all for joining me for this live-blog. This was a fun one and it put me in a better mood after watching the Eagles debacle. Good night and good luck.