Chargers vs. Colts: Philip Rivers and the Bolts Handle Business On Sunday Night

Frank FittipaldiCorrespondent IINovember 29, 2010

Philip Rivers and the Chargers defeated the Colts for their fourth straight win.
Philip Rivers and the Chargers defeated the Colts for their fourth straight win.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The San Diego Chargers were 2-5 and at the bottom of the AFC West. Four weeks later, the Bolts have won four straight and are only one game behind the Kansas City Chiefs. This should not come as a surprise because the Chargers catch fire around the same time of year every season.

The Chargers are being led by MVP candidate Philip Rivers, who is having a spectacular season.

The Chargers traveled to Indianapolis to take on the Colts which was a must win for both teams. This was more of a must for San Diego because they were trying to get above .500, and they did so with a decisive 36-14 win.

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning just cannot figure the Chargers out, as he threw an uncharacteristic four interceptions on Sunday night. The Colts took an early 7-0 lead and would only find the end zone once more on a Blair White touchdown reception in the second quarter.

The Colts trailed 16-14 at halftime, but failed to score any points in the second half. The Charger defense completely shut down the Colts' offense. The 22-point victory was impressive, but even more so because the Chargers' leader Philip Rivers did not have a big game.

Rivers completed 19 of 23 passes for just 185 yards. But 185 yards was all Rivers needed as his big running back Mike Tolbert carried the ball 26 times for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Despite the Colts loss, they are still in first place in the AFC South. As for the Chargers, they are red hot and remain one game behind division leading Kansas City. Rivers and the Bolts will get ready for the visiting Raiders in Week 13 in hopes to win their fifth straight.


Injury Update: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson returned in Week 12, but suffered from a right calf strain and is expected to miss the next two weeks.