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NC Times: Wade's defense dunks Colts

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    By: JAY PARIS - Staff Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS ---- The son of Bum made the Colts glum.

    Chargers defensive coordinator Wade Phillips had one the finer moments of a stellar career in helping his team upend the Colts' perfect season with a 26-17 victory Sunday.

    The Colts entered averaging a league-high 30.2 points per outing and leading five other offensive categories. They had also scored in an NFL record 31 consecutive quarters.

    Then they waded in against Phillips' defense.

    "Any time you play a team like that, especially as good as they are offensively, as a defense you either meet the challenge or you don't,'' Phillips said. "Our guys were ready to meet the challenge."

    And ready to celebrate, slightly, for holding the Colts scoreless in the first quarter.

    "Well, we made one milestone,'' Phillips said.

    The game featured numerous feel-good defensive accomplishments:

    > The Colts managed but 24 rushing yards, matching the fewest allowed by the Chargers this season. Edgerrin James, the NFL's second-leading rusher, averaged less than 2 yards on 13 carries.

    > The Chargers sacked Peyton Manning four times. He was sacked 12 times in the first 13 games combined.

    > The Chargers' cornerbacks had two interceptions after collecting but one in the previous 52 quarters.

    "We tried to stop the running game and at least make them one dimensional,'' Phillips said. "Now that one dimension is really good, and you worry about forcing them into passing the ball 50-some times because they can move the ball."

    But his pass defense, ranked No. 27 before Sunday, was stout as well.

    "We have some good players that can get pressure on that part of it, and our coverage was good,'' he said. "I thought we covered well; we played more man than we usually do. They are so good you have to mix it up on them."

    The outing was so special that Phillips could think of only two other games in a 29-year NFL career that compared: as a Denver Broncos assistant his unit held Jim Kelly's no-huddle Bills offense to 180 total yards, and as an assistant for his father, Bum Phillips, with the Houston Oilers when his squad intercepted five Dan Fouts passes in a 1979 playoff win.

    "There's just a few games like that, that you just play against somebody so good and play so well,'' Phillips said. "And this is one of them."

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