Monday Night Football: Chargers clinch playoff berth with 20-3 win over Colts

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The Chargers clinched a playoff spot with a 20-3 victory over the Colts on Monday Night Football.

The Chargers last made the postseason in 2018, two years before they acquired Justin Herbert in the first round of the 2020 draft. Los Angeles improved to 9-6, while the Colts fell to 4-10-1.

Nine days after the Colts fell to the Vikings 39-36 in the biggest collapse in NFL history, Indianapolis set offensive football back a decade. The Colts gained 173 yards, went 0-for-10 on third down, 1-for-4 on fourth down and 0-for-1 in the red zone, gave up seven sacks and threw three interceptions.

Having benched Matt Ryan to keep him healthy for his offseason departure, the Colts started their third quarterback of the season. Nick Foles was not good.

Foles, who had taken only 76 snaps the past two seasons before Monday night, went 17-of-29 for 143 yards and threw interceptions to Derwin James, Michael Davis and Asante Samuel. James was ejected in the first half with a hit on defenseless receiver Ashton Dulin.

Chargers defensive lineman Morgan Fox had two sacks.

The Chargers gained 314 yards as Herbert went 24-of-31 for 235 yards and an interception.

9 responses to “Monday Night Football: Chargers clinch playoff berth with 20-3 win over Colts

  1. Please make Saturday the permanent head coach, now that Hackett is gone the league needs a new clown show coach. I’m sure the rest of their division won’t mind.

    At what point did it make sense to turn Foles, a 33yr old immobile QB behind a horrible Oline, who hasn’t thrown a pass in 365 days into Justin Herbert in his 1st start?

    When Foles saw that the plan was for him to chuck it up 40+ times he should’ve had a mysterious soft tissue injury to avoid being embarrassed. I like Foles and appreciate what he did for Philly but he needs a good offensive line and the right scheme, neither of which he had, especially at his age.

    Colts lost under Reich, Colts lose in embarrassing, record setting fashion under Saturday. Worst loss in NFL history last week with Ryan. Shoutout to Matt Ryan’s Hall of Fame hopes as they have left the building after that game.

  2. I’d still fire Brandon Staley and especially Joe Lombardi. Every fan of every AFC team is hoping the Chargers don’t go out and get Sean Payton with Vic Fangio.

  3. The #1 seed is even more important now with Jax being the likely #4. Assuming the 2 and 3 seed win, a 2nd round matchup with the Jaguars coming off the bye could go a long way to sealing an AFC Championship.

  4. The Chargers aren’t going anywhere with that offense. Joe Lombardi has ruined it. And Jeff Saturday is a pee wee football coach.

  5. I couldn’t tell if Nick Foles had no idea what he was doing, or just didn’t care. Either way, with respect for his past achievements but he is d.o.n.e. Any GM who has him on their roster next year is a straight fool.

  6. You don’t pull an ice cold Nick Foles out of the back of the refrigerator and then only run the ball 14 times the entire game. Saturday is completely clueless but he’s Irsay’s buddy so he’ll probably get a 5-year guaranteed contract.

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