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Chargers knock off Colts, end chances for perfect season

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    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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