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4 biggest takeaways from Chargers Week 1 win

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts leaps for a touchdown as Brandon Facyson #28, Kyzir White #44, and Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers defend during the second half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts leaps for a touchdown as Brandon Facyson #28, Kyzir White #44, and Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers defend during the second half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 08: Kicker Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts at shakes hands with outside linebacker Thomas Davis #58 of the Los Angeles Chargers after the coin toss to kick off their season opener at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 8, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 08: Kicker Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts at shakes hands with outside linebacker Thomas Davis #58 of the Los Angeles Chargers after the coin toss to kick off their season opener at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 8, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Chargers have started out 1-0 for the first time since 2015, but it didn’t come easily.

The Chargers controlled the first half of the game, taking a 17-6 lead into the break but the Indianapolis Colts came roaring back in the second half, led by the rushing efforts of Marlon Mack. If not for some uncharacteristic misses from placekicker Adam Vinatieri, the Colts likely would have won this game.

But the Chargers don’t want to hear excuses about kickers, especially when they had to use their punter to put the ball through the uprights on Sunday.

Much has to be considered when quantifying this win such as the fact that the Colts came back from a big deficit with a quarterback who was going to be their backup just a couple of weeks ago. Giving up a double-digit lead (and nearly the game) is concerning, but wins are wins in the NFL and most teams are happy to take them any way they can get them.

The last time the Chargers started a season with a win came back in 2015 when they defeated the Detroit Lions, the same team they face in Week 2. But before we preview that game any further, let’s take a look back at some of the biggest takeaways from this game.

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