Those hoping for the Indianapolis Colts to get a full sweep of the west coast on Monday night were sorely disappointed. After defeating the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks, Indy came up short against the San Diego Chargers.
To say they dropped the ball would be more fitting as drops on critical plays cost the Colts big time. With four on Thursday night, they have now compiled eight drops in their last two games. Reggie Wayne became the ninth player in NFL history to catch 1000 passes, but the pass he didn’t catch will likely stick in his memory stronger.
With the Chargers up 13-6 late in the third quarter, Wayne uncharacteristically dropped a crucial pass on 3rd-and-3, forcing a punt from the San Diego 40. What should have been a very special night for Wayne was officially tainted.
Darrius Heyward-Bey and Trent Richardson also blew some big-impact catches. Heyward-Bey missed one that could have been a long TD in the second quarter, and Richardson dropped an easy one late in the fourth quarter that should’ve turned into a big gain.
I don’t want to take anything away from the Chargers — they definitely deserved to win this game. With the exception of some red zone deficiencies, they looked like a team ready to make a push for the playoffs. That being said, the clutch defense of the Colts kept them in this game, and the Indy pass-catchers blew multiple opportunities to get a victory.