The Chargers defeated the Colts, 23-17, in what could only be described as an “instant classic.” The Chargers rallied late to tie the game in regulation, then won it in overtime on Darren Sproles’ 22-yard touchdown run in a game brimming with unbelievable storylines. The Chargers miracle march to the playoffs after being 4-8. The Colts on their own nine-game winning streak that forced Peyton Manning to grow out his hair. Sproles filling in for injured starter LaDainian Tomlinson. Antonio Gates making like Kellen Winslow and fighting through an ankle injury. And the Chargers eliminated the Colts from the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
San Diego Union Tribune columnist Nick Canepa called it “one for the ages.”
As a rule, great football games are remembered by how they ended. This one will be chiseled into the memories of the Chargers faithful for its beginning, middle, end – and its other end. Chargers-Colts was the best professional football game that has been played in Mission Valley, and that merely goes back to 1966 – or 17 years before Darren Sproles weighed 10 pounds at birth.
Last night’s AFC wild-card playoff game had so many good and bad things and ridiculous storylines jabbed into its 66 minutes and 20 seconds, it’s difficult to press down on one thing without another popping up. MORE
Also worth noting:
- Fellow San Diego Union Tribune columnist Tim Sullivan says San Diego’s smallest player came up with the biggest performance.
- Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz says that Tony Dungy is a great man, but it’s time to make a change.