Chargers sacked in Indy

People were still questioning whether the San Diego Chargers had what it takes to compete. They proved they will be more than a handful in any house they play in.

  • The Colts had scored on the opening drive of their last seven games, until Sunday against San Diego. Donnie Edwards intercepted a Peyton Manning pass on the first drive, his team leading fifth interception of the season and fifth in the last five games. Edwards flipped the ball to Drayton Florence near the sidelines and Florence was taken down at the San Diego eight yard line.

    Edwards' interception on Sunday led to a scoring drive and a seven point lead early in the game. It also prevented the Colts from scoring any points, at least a ten point swing in the game.

    "Our defense made a strong stop with the interception that Donnie made," head coach Marty Schottenheimer said.

    It was a turning point for the Chargers in the first half. They were able to come back and put seven points on the board and take the crowd out of the game early on.

    Edwards forced a fumble on Manning in the second quarter but the Colts recovered the ball.

    Despite all the plays, Edwards isn't going to the Pro Bowl…

  • "Donnie has had an awesome year," running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. "Steve Foley has had a great year also."

  • Foley stripped Manning on a sack, one of three sacks on the day for the outside linebacker to give him ten for the year.

    The Bolts sacked Manning four times on Sunday. He had only been sacked nine times through his first 14 games coming into the game.

    Foley added a sack late in the fourth quarter which forced the Colts to miss a field goal. Foley again sacked Manning, his third of the game, in the fourth quarter. Ben Leber was the last player to have three sacks in a game, getting three against Houston on September 15, 2002. Foley has the most sacks by a Charger linebacker since Junior Seau in 1997.

  • Drew Brees threw his first fourth quarter interception of the year on Sunday. Brees played well, going 21-for-31 for 290 yards with three touchdowns. He will be remembered, however, for taking a sack in the fourth quarter which pushed the team out of field goal range.

    Brees entered the game as the NFL's best when it comes to fourth quarter passing. He was 46-of-69 for 597 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions for a rating of 122.7 before Sunday's play. He went 3-of-8 for 45 yards on Sunday with an interception and a lost fumble which teammate Shane Olivea recovered.

  • The Bolts were 7-0 this season when leading after the first quarter and 9-0 when scoring first. Both marks suffered their first loss on Sunday.

  • Nate Kaeding, with four extra points and a field goal tied Bob Thomas for second-most PATs converted in a season. Thomas had 51 back in 1985, a mark Kaeding reached on Sunday. The team record is 55 by Rolf Benirschke in 1981.

    Kaeding's seven points on Sunday raised his season total to 108 points, breaking the old record of most points scored by a rookie, previously owned by Dennis Partee (1968). Partee had scored a team-record 106 points as a rookie, setting it in 14 games.

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