The Indianapolis Colts expand westward to trot around the San Diego Chargers’ stomping grounds. The first quarter progressed all the way to the bottom with neither team scoring until the Colts hurtled up a field goal. The second quarter popped off with a Chargers field goal, tying both teams 3 to 3. Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer intercepted Colts quarterback Peyton Manning shortly thereafter. Wide receiver Vincent Jackson got into the end zone towards the bottom of the second quarter. San Diego 10 and Indianapolis 3. Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez made a TD by the end of the second quarter. Going into halftime, both teams tied at 10 a piece.
The third quarter started with what was most likely going to be a Chargers TD or field goal but turned into a Philip Rivers fumble and Colts recovery (sack and recovery made by defensive end Robert Mathis). Past the midpoint of the third quarter, 54 of the Chargers, linebacker Stephen Cooper, lost his helmet during the Colts’ third-and-goal attempt at the end zone. On the fourth try, Manning threw to running back Dominic Rhodes, who finally got into the end zone. Indianapolis 17 and Chargers 10.
The fourth quarter began with a Colts field goal. Indianapolis 20 and San Diego 10. Ambling towards the bottom of the fourth quarter, Philip Rivers’s pass bonded with the hands of running back Jacob Hester for a TD. Colts 20 and Chargers 17. The bottom of the fourth quarter ticked to a tie when the Chargers got a field goal. 20 to 20. With twenty-seven seconds left to play, Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison caught Manning’s launchpad. Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri made a fifty-one yard field goal attempt. It worked. Indianapolis 23 and San Diego 20. Final score.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. After the Sunday Night Football opening number, the camera went in for a medium close-up of Al Michaels. His button-down shirt was light blue and his tie looked something like this. John Madden wore a tan suit, a silver-blue shirt and a striped tie of black (?) and silver. Wide-esque stripes like a backslash. //
2. The camera cut to Peyton Manning sitting on the bench after he was intercepted in the second quarter. He certainly huffed & puffed a “man!”
3. What the freg?! Leading into the commercial break after the Colts field goal at the top of the fourth quarter was a snippet from HIM’s song “Killing Loneliness.”
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