Colts' pull out the win, improve playoff chances


The Indianapolis Colts had been a one-trick pony show-namely Andrew Luck until one of the team's premier playmakers, T.Y.

In the midst of his ninth NFL season, the former second-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech is in his third season with the Chargers.

Hilton finished Sunday afternoon's contest with eight receptions on 11 targets for 174 receiving yards and one touchdown. "They look for me to make big plays and I wasn't doing that the first two games and I told them, "I'm going to be a difference-maker today.' I said earlier in the week, I want to put it on me, put the game on me, and that's what I did today". I sort of hit him in stride.

Two weeks ago, Luck's 6-yard TD pass to Jack Doyle gave the Colts a 35-34 lead over the Detroit Lions with 37 seconds to play.

Now, while Henrey's fumble proved to be the game-clincher for the Colts, it was a microcosm for a bad Sunday for the Chargers.

At times, Luck struggled, losing a fumble late in the first half that San Diego returned 61 yards to tie it 13-13.

Gore never dreamed he would be mentioned in the same breath as so many all-time greats or be able to potentially pass seven Hall of Fame running backs in one season.

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Te'o, a fourth-year linebacker from Notre Dame, was hurt in Sunday's 26-22 loss at Indianapolis.

SOONER OR LATER: The Chargers have outscored their first two opponents by a combined 42-3 in the first half this season.

On the second play of the series, safety Clayton Geathers was beaten on a whip route by Chargers tight end Hunter Henry. Doyle committed three, including a pair of holding calls on an ill-fated possession that left the Colts facing second-and-40 early in the fourth quarter. It followed a comment Rivers made to Colts defensive tackle David Parry after having completed a 43-yard deep ball to wide receiver Travis Benjamin. Gordon has 159 yards and three scores in two games. "We didn't do that for four quarters".

McCoy and the Chargers have to figure out how to make those plays go their way, or they are headed down a similar path. The No. 3 overall draft pick has yet to make his National Football League debut. Bosa missed all of training camp due to a nasty contract spat, then injured the hamstring after returning. Now the question is how much longer will the Chargers keep him out?

However, from the start the Texans found the going too tough, and the Patriots completely shut down the Houston offense. Well, for those who don't know, no 0-3 team has made the playoffs since the 1998 Buffalo Bills, led by the redoubtable Doug Flutie.

Indianapolis Colts' Frank Gore (23) runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Indianapolis.