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Chargers 20-3 Colts: Los Angeles into the playoffs for the first time since 2018 

Chargers 20-3 Colts: Los Angeles FINALLY makes the playoffs once more, with victory over Jeff Saturday’s crew clinching its first postseason place since 2018

The Los Angeles Chargers have lastly ended their playoff drought with a 20-3 victory in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday clinching a wildcard berth.

Austin Ekeler scored on two 1-yard runs, intercepting Indianapolis quarterback Nick Foles thrice to beat the overmatched Colts.

Justin Herbert threw for 235 yards and Cameron Dicker made two quick area targets for the Chargers (9-6), who received their third straight after getting the assist they wanted this weekend from Las Vegas, Miami, New England and the New York Jets. 

When all 4 lost, the Chargers simply wanted a win to achieve the postseason for the first time with Herbert and simply the second time since 2014.

The Los Angeles Chargers lastly ended their playoff drought by beating the Colts on Monday

The Chargers are preparing for their first playoff place since 2018 after their 20-3 victory

The Chargers are getting ready for their first playoff place since 2018 after their 20-3 victory

Austin Ekeler of the Chargers scored on two 1-yard runs to lead his team to a victory

Austin Ekeler of the Chargers scored on two 1-yard runs to guide his crew to a victory

And not like final season, when Los Angeles lost in additional time to rival Las Vegas in the last recreation to overlook the playoffs, it completed the job this time by incomes its first Monday night time highway victory in additional than a decade.

Indianapolis (4-10-1) lost its fifth straight below interim coach Jeff Saturday, although this was a extra ho-hum defeat than the earlier two, when it gave up 33 fourth-quarter factors to Dallas and blew a 33-0 halftime lead at Minnesota.

Foles, making his first begin for the Colts, squandered two first-quarter scoring probabilities by throwing picks.

Herbert additionally struggled early till Ekeler scored the first factors of the recreation together with his quick TD run halfway by means of the second quarter.

The Colts took benefit of two personal foul calls that led to the ejection of Pro Bowl security Derwin James to drive for their solely rating of the recreation, a 46-yard area purpose by Chase McLaughlin.

The three-time Pro Bowler drew a facemask penalty when Michael Pittman Jr.’s helmet got here off following a 7-yard catch. Then, two performs later, James was referred to as for hitting a defenseless receiver with the crown of his helmet.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert struggled at first but soon clicked into gear for his team

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert struggled at first however quickly clicked into gear for his crew

Colts head coach Jeff Saturday looks on after tasting defeat once again with Indianapolis

Colts head coach Jeff Saturday appears to be like on after tasting defeat as soon as once more with Indianapolis

Chargers' Derwin James (No 3) was ejected on Monday but his team still got the win it needed

Chargers’ Derwin James (No 3) was ejected on Monday however his crew nonetheless bought the win it wanted

The second play despatched Colts receiver Ashton Dulin to the locker room to be evaluated for a head harm. Chargers coach Brandon Staley mentioned after the recreation that James was in concussion protocol after his personal problem.

James was escorted off the area after the two penalties allowed Indy to drive for 46-yard area purpose to make it 7-3.

James additionally had the second of the Chargers’ two first-half interceptions. He had missed the earlier two video games with a quadriceps harm.

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