Bolts Notebook: Going Streaking

Saturday's victory over the Indianapolis Colts marked the San Diego Chargers' eighth straight victory in their Powder Blues. Samantha Fillerup shares some other notes and anecdotes from wildcard weekend.

--San Diego entered Saturday's game on a four-game winning streak and kept rolling by winning its 10th playoff game in franchise history. The Chargers are now 10-14 all-time in the postseason. The Bolts improved to 2-1 against the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs, with both of those wins coming in the last two seasons.

--Both offenses were firing on all pistons as each was headed by an MVP candidate. Philip Rivers finished the regular season tied for the NFL lead with 34 touchdown passes and first in the league with a passer rating of 105.5. Nonetheless, he lost out in the MVP race to Peyton Manning, who earned 32 votes to Rivers' two.

--Rivers is 3-1 against the Colts as a starter. On Saturday, he completed 20-of-36 passes for 217 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The Colts defense put pressure on him all night, sacking him four times and intercepting him once.


QB Philip Rivers
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--The Indianapolis defense allowed just six touchdown passes during the regular season, the fewest since the 1973 Miami Dolphins.

--Michael Bennett made his San Diego debut and charted four carries for 25 yards and one reception for 7 yards. There was speculation when the Chargers claimed him on Nov. 12 that the intent was to keep him away from the Denver Broncos; now, he'll help the Bolts play keep-away from Ben Roethlisberger.

--With LaDainian Tomlinson suffering from a strained groin, Darren Sproles recorded his second straight 100-yard rushing performance as he had 23 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Sproles' second rushing touchdown was the game-winner in overtime, the first walkoff score of his career.

--Despite seeing limited playing time in the first half and none in the second, Tomlinson scored the fourth postseason touchdown of his career.

--Tim Dobbins added a crucial sack, his first this season, with the Colts facing third-and-2 and just over two minutes to play. Had the Colts converted the first down, it would have put an end to San Diego's season.

--Indianapolis led the league in third-down conversions this season, while San Diego was last in forcing three-and-outs. However, the Chargers were able to hold the Colts to 40 percent on third downs, allowing San Diego to earn an eight-minute advantage in time of possession.

--Mike Scifres totaled six punts, all of which landed inside the 20-yard line. He averaged 51.7 yards and his 67-yarder was the longest postseason punt in 16 years.


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