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Chargers will host familiar Indy team in wild-card playoff game

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Safety Eric Weddle laughed when he got the question about the Indianapolis Colts. Wide receiver Chris Chambers smiled. Safety Clinton Hart rolled his eyes, as if to say “Oh boy. Those guys again.”

    The Chargers (8-8), newly crowned AFC West champs following Sunday night's 52-21 win over the Denver Broncos, will host the wild card Indianapolis Colts (12-4) Saturday night in the opening round of the playoffs. It's an all-too familiar opponent for a team making the most unlikely of playoff appearances.

    “We know them well – it's like a division opponent really,” said Weddle, who led the Chargers with 11 tackles Sunday night. “We know them inside and out. It's really who is going to execute better. They're going to know us, we're going to know them. Who is going to make the play that comes down to winning the game? We have to be sure we don't have turnovers. Field position is going to be a factor. It's going to be a great game.”

    And, of course, there is Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

    “Peyton Manning is not anybody you ever want to see in the playoffs,” Hart said. “But that's who we have to go through if we want to get to where we want to get.”

    This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams in the last 14 months. Most recently, last month, the Colts won 23-20 in San Diego on a 51-yard, game-ending field goal by Adam Vinatieri. In last year's AFC divisional playoff game in Indianapolis, the Chargers won 28-24 behind Billy Volek's heroics. And in a 23-21 win in the regular season last year in San Diego, the Chargers intercepted Manning six times (three from Antonio Cromartie).

    With the last three games coming down to a total of nine points, players expect Saturday's game to be just as close.

    “We match up well against them,” said Chambers, who led the Chargers with six catches for 61 yards in last month's loss. “We know what type of game it's going to be. We get to play at home which is definitely a plus than having to go up there and play. We have a couple of factors on our side. They'll be ready and we'll be ready as well.”

    In the last three meetings, Manning threw for 985 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions, so containing him is priority No. 1.

    “With Peyton Manning, it is exciting to play against the best,” said linebacker Matt Wilhelm, who intercepted Manning in last year's six-pick game. “Year in and year out, he is the top quarterback. They started slow but they're on a heck of a run right now and we were part of that run that they were on and there's payback to be had. We're excited to get after them and play against the best in the playoffs.”

    Since dropping back-to-back games against the Packers and Titans, the Colts have won nine in a row and Manning is a favorite for league MVP.

    “We have to be more physical (than last game),” Hart said. “Come out and attack a little more and get a better pass rush. That's picked up since the last time we played them. We're going to do some good things and hopefully move on to the next round. But we've got to take care of them before we can think about that.”

    Said linebacker Stephen Cooper: “I hope we get out to a good start early and just play San Diego Chargers football. That's the biggest thing. If we do that, we'll be fine.”

    http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2008/dec/28/chargers-chside-indy/?chargers
     
  2. Fouts

    Fouts I heart Deano!

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    One thing I can't stand, is Peyton Manning doing a quick snap, when our defense it taking their time to line up... Which against any other QB, both sides kinda take their time, but Manning takes advantage of that, and catches us with 12 men on the field, or offsides, which is smart. I remember it extended a 4th down into a 1st down last game. I am no coach, but I wish the Chargers would keep their eye on this.
     
  3. SDRaiderH8er

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    last game we got to snub the Pro Bowl Quarterback, this game we get to snub the MVP,

    And all that does is light a fire underneath Philip's butt!
     
  4. Buck Melanoma

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    A good, hard running game & winning the TOP battle will be key. Keep the ball out of Manning's hands with long, sustained drives. He's hard to pressure with his short drops & quick release, so we have to be very active in the secondary. Play the receivers tight. Linemen - get those hands up.

    And PLEASE Ron - stay in the 3-4. Manning will eat us up if we play a lot of 4-3.
     
  5. antipsychotic

    antipsychotic BoltTalker

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    We need our D-line to fake injuries when they see Manning rushing to the line. Allows us to line up properly and frustrate the heck out of Manning.

    Its simple if it is 3rd and short and Manning sees us in our dime package he will quick snap to keep our big guys off the field. Stay on the ground Harris or Cesaire.
     
  6. StratoBoltz

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    We can take the Colts, we have the ability and we will win.:bolt:
     
  7. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    It's the Colts in San Diego, at night, when they're on the longest win streak in the NFL, lacking any semblance of a running game, favored to win the AFC and even the Superbowl, and in a rematch that was decided by three points and a really long field goal. All of this points to a Charger win. We always take down the Colts when they have all of the momentum and again we get our chance so we'll win. It'll be close and probably even ugly but we'll beat the Colts on Saturday.
     
  8. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    We know what to expect, we know who this team is, there are no surprises here.
     
  9. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    That rule just pisses me off. When a dude is a foot and a half from the sideline and is obviously running off the field, and a QB quick snaps, it's just bullshit. It's a ticky tack application of the rule. I'm sure they have no leeway in calling it, but it's a way different thing than us having twelve guys lined up because someone forgot to get off the field.
     
  10. TheLash

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    agree that it's chicken ****. just line up and play football
     

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