LONG DRIVES: The Chargers held the ball most of the second quarter in outscoring the Colts 10-3. Allen scored to cap a 12-play, 74-yard drive that consumed 6:14 to take a 7-3 lead, and Novak kicked a 31-yard field goal to end a drive that went 79 yards on 17 plays in 7:58. The Chargers had a drive later in the game of 15 plays, 74 yards and 9:13.
BALANCE: Allen caught nine passes for 107 yards, giving him consecutive 100-yard games. Ryan Mathews ran for 102 yards on 22 carries for his first 100-yard game of the season. "That's the way we need to be able to run the football," Rivers said. "If we can mix the run in, we got a chance."
THE DROPS: The Colts had big dropped passes all night. The biggest was when Darrius Heyward-Bey dropped what likely would have been a long touchdown pass down the right sideline in the second quarter. As Luck drove the Colts down the field in the closing minute of the second quarter, tight end Coby Fleener dropped a pass at the 25. The Colts had to settle for Vinatieri's 50-yard field goal as the clock expired.
WAYNE'S WORLD: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne got his 1,000th career reception in the fourth quarter on a 21-yard pass from Luck. Wayne had five catches for 88 yards, giving him 1,001 for his career. He passed Hines Ward (1,000) for eighth place on the NFL list. "It's a great honor," Wayne said. "It's a humbling experience to be in an elite class with a bunch of guys who have helped pave the way for guys like myself. I wish it was more of a greater celebration. I would rather take the 'W' than any accolades."
THE PAGANOS: There were family ties in this one: Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano beat older brother Chuck, the Colts' coach. "Give John Pagano the credit he deserves," Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. "He did an outstanding job of getting these players ready. It's him and the rest of the whole defensive staff."
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