8:15 PM ET, November 11, 2007
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Peyton Manning was poised to atone for those franchise-record six interceptions.He'd moved the Indianapolis Colts well within Adam Vinatieri's range with 1:31 left on a crazy, rainy night.Snap, hold and ... miss!Vinatieri, who'd won two Super Bowls for New England with last-second field goals, pushed a 29-yard attempt wide right and the San Diego Chargers escaped with a wild 23-21 win over the defending Super Bowl champions on Sunday night.
Peyton Manning's six interceptions were unique in many ways. Here's a look at his surprising night:
|• Most INTs by a quarterback since Chris Chandler Dec. 12, 2004.|
• Most by a QB in the NFL this season. • Most by a Colts QB in franchise history.
• More than four NFL teams have this season (Pats, Jags, Eagles, Bucs).
Tomlinson had 76 yards on 21 carries. ... Vinatieri missed a 42-yard field goal try as the second-quarter clock expired. ... Colts DE Dwight Freeney left in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. ... Rivers was booed when he was shown on the video screen in the fourth quarter.
The Chargers did a great job of disguising coverages and coming at Peyton Manning with a variety of blitzes, which forced the Colts QB into five interceptions in the first half and gave San Diego a 23-7 lead. The Chargers often lined up five or six of their front seven on the line of scrimmage and rushed Manning with four or five while the extra defender dropped into coverage. In the second half, San Diego became more conservative, dropping seven into coverage most of the time. That allowed the Coltsí offensive linemen to pick up the rushers and gave Manning time, almost allowing Indianapolis to pull it out in the end. Unfortunately for the Colts, kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a chip shot 29-yard field goal with 1:29 left in the game and the Chargers held on to win 23-21.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.6||3.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||14:47||Darren Sproles 89 Yd Kickoff Return (Nate Kaeding Kick)||0||7|
|FG||07:14||Nate Kaeding 33 Yd||0||10|
|TD||05:55||Darren Sproles 45 Yd Punt Return (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)||0||16|
|TD||08:47||Ladainian Tomlinson 4 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick)||0||23|
|TD||02:42||Reggie Wayne 8 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick)||7||23|
|TD||14:53||Kenton Keith 7 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Peyton Manning Pass To Bryan Fletcher For Two-Point Conversion)||15||23|
|TD||14:28||Gary Brackett Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed)||21||23|