Chargers qualify for the playoffs with victory over the Colts on Monday Night Football

Chargers qualify for the playoffs with victory over the Colts on Monday Night Football

On Monday night, Justin Herbert threw for 235 yards and Austin Ekeler rushed for two scores to help the Los Angeles Chargers defeat the Indianapolis Colts 20-3 and seal a postseason berth.

The Chargers (9-6) qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2018 with their third straight victory.

This week, Nick Foles took over as the starting quarterback for Indianapolis and completed 17-of-29 passes for 143 yards and three interceptions on 29 attempts. In addition, he was fired seven times.

Matt Ryan was benched after the Colts lost a 33-0 halftime lead and fell to the Minnesota Vikings 39-36 in overtime last weekend.

Indianapolis (4-10-1) was limited to 173 total yards in their fifth consecutive defeat.

Ekeler’s 1-yard touchdown run with 8:41 remaining in the second quarter gave the Chargers a 7-0 lead. The Chargers failed to earn a first down on their first three possessions, but on their fourth, they marched 70 yards in 13 plays and took a 7-0 lead.

The Chargers and quarterback Justin Herbert secured a postseason berth.

In the first quarter, the Chargers intercepted two passes, including one by All-Pro safety Derwin James, who had missed the previous two games due to a quadriceps injury.

James engaged Ashton Dulin in a helmet-to-helmet tackle with 5:19 remaining on the first half. James was ejected from the game, and Dulin was subsequently ruled out due to a concussion.

In the Chargers’ victory over the Colts, Austin Ekeler scores a touchdown.

Chase McLaughlin kicked a 46-yard field goal to trim the deficit to 7-3 with 4:21 remaining in the first half.

At the end of the first half, Cameron Dicker kicked a 24-yard field goal to give the Chargers a 10-3 lead.

With 6:01 remaining in the third quarter, Asante Samuel Jr. intercepted the third pass for Los Angeles on their first defensive series of the second half, and the Chargers capitalized with a 21-yard field goal by Dicker to take a 13-3 lead.

With 8:20 remaining, Ekeler scored on a 1-yard run to push the advantage to 20-3.

Jonathan Taylor, the NFL’s best rusher from the previous season, was placed on injured reserve last week after suffering a high ankle sprain early in the loss to the Vikings.


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