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Chargers: Play-by-play moments from victory over Colts

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass under pressure from Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a gameat Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass under pressure from Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a gameat Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes the ball as Justin Houston #99 of the Indianapolis Colts defends during the first 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: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes the ball as Justin Houston #99 of the Indianapolis Colts defends during the first half of a game at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The Chargers beat the Colts in their home opener 30-24 after an Austin Ekeler touchdown. Here’s a quick play-by-play from the first half.

Thankfully, the Chargers didn’t begin the season with the same old story of losing their opener to a team they should beat. It wasn’t pretty, and at times it was nothing but stressful, but a win is a win.

How did the game look on a play-by-play basis?

This article will only cover the first half, as much of the second half can be summarized by, “Marlon Mack runs for a first down,” followed by an overtime win for the Chargers. It also won’t be every play, but judging by how many points there are written below, it may as well be every play. It’s just a quick-hitting summary of what could be seen on nearly every relevant snap.

Chargers: First quarter

Special teams

  • Jackson and Adderley with key blocks on King kickoff return

Offense

  • Interesting first play. Fakes a Keenan Allen jet sweep, hands off to Ekeler instead, who follows a pulling Henry. Could have gone for a much bigger gain if Ekeler followed Henry and didn’t cut back inside.
  • Pouncey beat on first pass play. Henry wide open with safety eyes on Williams.
  • On third down, Colts rush five. Massive miscommunication, sack. Rivers says something to Benjamin on the right, but Ekeler was wide open (may not have had first down) standing at the 42 to the left.
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