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Indianapolis Colts Looking To End San Diego Chargers' Dominance Over AFC South

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts drops back to pass during the AFC Wild Card Game against the San Diego Chargers on January 3, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Ian PhilipAnalyst IIINovember 28, 2010

This Sunday night the San Diego Chargers will attempt to continue their mastery of the AFC South. Understandably the Indianapolis Colts have been under the most scrutiny for their repeated flops against the Chargers, but the rest of the AFC South is a dismal 1-11 against the Bolts since 2004.

The bad news for the Bolts is that they've gone 3-1 against the South in years that they've played against the entire division. They are 3-0 in that department this season, so they'll need to buck that trend if they are going to keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC West division lead.

The Colts are the only one of the four southern most AFC squads to not suffer an recent blowout loss to the Chargers, with five of the last six games between the two teams being settled by a six points or less. The lone exception was San Diego's first win during the current streak: a 29-17 stunner that derailed the Colts' 13-0 season.

The Chargers have been just as lucky, running up a 4-2 record against the Colts since their breakout 2004 season. The most stunning stroke of luck was the 2008 postseason triumph in which linebacker Tim Dobbins shifted into a pass-rushing position just as Manning looked away from that side of the field. The unblocked Dobbins drilled Manning before he could fire off a game-sealing completion to a wide-open receiver. The mishap allowed the Chargers to score, force overtime and steal a game they had no business winning.

Both Rivers and Manning have been extremely pedestrian against one another. Rivers has thrown five touchdowns and four interceptions in his four games against the Colts while going 3-1. Manning has thrown 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his last six games against the Bolts, going 2-4.

Contrary to what you may have heard, the Chargers do not own Peyton Manning. His record is now 4-4 against San Diego including the playoffs, though at one point he was a sterling 3-0. Manning's regular-season record against the Chargers is 4-2.

ChargersOpponentTeamResultYear
3813Jaguarswin2010
3325Titanswin2010
2923Texanswin2010
4217Titanswin2009
2023Coltsloss2008
2317Coltswin2008
3510Texanswin2007
1724Jaguarsloss2007
2317Titanswin2007
2321Coltswin2007
176Titanswin2007
2824Coltswin2007
4017Titanswin2006
2617Coltswin2005
2720Texanswin2004
3817Titanswin2004
3421Jaguarswin2004
3134Coltsloss2004
Points ForPoints Against

Win/Loss since '04 vs AFC South
486346

15-3

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