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Chargers knock off Colts, end chances for perfect season

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    Source: <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=251218011" target="_blank">Associated Press</a>

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/merriman10.jpg" class="left" alt="Merriman sacks Manning." />INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Colts fans take heart -- there's always the Super Bowl.

    Indianapolis' unbeaten season ended Sunday in a 26-17 loss to a San Diego team desperate to make the playoffs.

    "Our guys wanted to go 16-0, and they certainly didn't want to lose at home," Colts coach Tony Dungy said. "[The Chargers] just outplayed us today."

    In a game of dramatic turnarounds, the Chargers went ahead on a 49-yard field goal by Nate Kaeding with 6:42 left after the Colts erased a 16-0 deficit with a field goal and two touchdowns in a six-minute span of the third quarter. Then Michael Turner clinched it with an 83-yard touchdown run after rookie Luis Castillo sacked Peyton Manning to knock the Colts out of field-goal range.

    The win kept San Diego (9-5) alive for an AFC wild-card spot and prevented Denver from clinching the AFC West. It also allowed the Colts (13-1) to rest starters for the final two games of the season, having already clinched home-field advantage for the AFC playoffs.

    And it certainly led to champagne celebrations by members of the 1972 Dolphins, the only team to complete a season undefeated.

    Further consolation for Indianapolis: The last team to start 13-0 and lose, the 1998 Denver Broncos, went on to win the Super Bowl. And fans at the RCA Dome seemed to appreciate it -- the ones who were left applauded their team as the game wound down.
     

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