Novak’s Four Field Goals Lift Chargers Past Colts
(SAN DIEGO) — Nick Novak kicked four field goals, including a 50-yarder with 1:55 left in the game to put the Chargers up 10, as San Diego knocked off the Indianapolis Colts 19-9 Monday night.
Philip Rivers completed 22 of 33 passes for 237 yards and a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen in the win.
Indianapolis (4-2) had a slight chance to win after Novak’s last field goal, but Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was intercepted by cornerback Derek Cox to seal the victory for San Diego.
Luck finishes the game completing 18 of 30 passes for 202 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in the loss.
The Chargers (3-3) dominated the time of possession 38:21 to 21:29 as they rebounded from a tough loss last week against Oakland.
“We didn’t go into the game saying, `Let’s play ball control,’ Rivers said. “We wanted to score as many points as we could. We didn’t score that many, but we did sustain drives. I thought Keenan Allen stepped up big. They were doubling Gatesy (Antonio Gates) a lot, and Danny Woodhead stepped up big. The offensive line was great. That’s the way we need to be able to run the football. If we can mixed the run in, we got a chance.”
Ryan Matthews rushed for a season-high 102 yards in the win.
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