Bolts Notebook: Sliding to the End

A clash between the two of the NFL's most successful franchises ends in a loss for San Diego. Despite the 23-20 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts, the Chargers' playoff hopes have not been lost. Samantha Fillerup's notes and anecdotes depict the ups and downs from Sunday's action.

--The Chargers got a reprieve from their loss to the Indianapolis Colts when the Denver Broncos were upset by the Oakland Raiders, 31-10. The Chargers remain two games back in the AFC West and will host the Broncos in Week 17.

--San Diego still leads the series with the Colts, 15-10. Indianapolis has now won four consecutive games; the Bolts have lost two in a row and four of their last five.

--Quentin Jammer intercepted his second pass of the season on Sunday, tying him with Antonio Cromartie for the team lead (two). Cromartie has not picked off a pass since Week 3 against the New York Jets.

--Jammer's pick marked Peyton Manning's first turnover in 136 passes. Jammer was responsible for keeping the reins on Marvin Harrison, holding him to six catches for 44 yards and no TDs. Jammer also led the team in tackles with 11.

WR Vincent Jackson
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--Vincent Jackson made two acrobatic catches for 57 yards and logged his fifth touchdown of the season. Also flipping the scoreboard was Jacob Hester, who tallied the first touchdown of his career. The rookie out of LSU finished with three receptions for 16 yards.

--Despite the loss, Philip Rivers is still a sparkling 18-3 as a starter at Qualcomm Stadium. So far this season, he has thrown 13 touchdowns against just three interceptions at home. He completed 24-of-31 passes for 288 yards and two TDs on Sunday.

--Although the defense only recorded one sack, courtesy Jamal Williams, the Chargers brought plenty of pressure on Manning to keep him off balance and under duress much of the game.

--Manning threw a career-high six interceptions during his last game at Qualcomm Stadium, but took much better care of the ball this time around. He hit on 32-of-44 passes for 255 yards and one interception, which broke a three-game streak of no turnovers for the Colts.

--Darren Sproles ran two kicks back for touchdowns in last year's contest; one was a kickoff and the other a punt return. This time around, Indianapolis kept him bottled up (20 yards per kickoff return; 4 yards per punt return). Sproles still ranks fourth in the league with 934 kick return yards.

-- Marcus McNeill had the difficult job of protecting Rivers' blindside by holding elite pass-rusher Dwight Freeney at bay. While Freeney made his presence known, he was not responsible for either of the two occasions Rivers was sacked.

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