Austin Eckler scored on a pair of one-yard runs and Los Angeles Chargers Clinching his first playoff game since 2018, he intercepted Indianapolis quarterback Nick Foles three times as the Colts trailed his rival 20-3 Monday night.
Justin Herbert threw for 235 yards and Cameron Decker kicked two short field goals for the Chargers (9-6), who won their third in a row after getting the help they needed this weekend from Las Vegas, Miami, New England and the New York Jets. When all four were down, the Chargers needed a win to reach the postseason for the first time with Herbert and only the second time since 2014.
And unlike last season, when Los Angeles lost in overtime to rival Las Vegas in the last game to miss the playoffs, this time it finished the job with its first Monday Night victory on the road in over a decade.
Indianapolis (4-10-1) lost for the fifth straight time under interim head coach Jeff on Saturday, though this was more of a defeat than the previous two, when they gave up 33 fourth-quarter points to Dallas and blew a 33-0 halftime lead. Lead in Minnesota.
Foles, in his first start for the Colts, squandered two scoring opportunities in the first quarter by throwing snaps. Herbert also struggled early until Eckler scored the first points of the game with a short TD run midway through the second quarter.
The Colts took advantage of two personal foul calls that led to Pro Bowl safety Derwin James being sacked to drive to the game’s only score, a 46-yard field goal by Chase McLaughlin.
But that was for the colts. Decker’s two kicks made it 13-3, and Eckler’s second goal sealed the win.
Ekeler had 18 carries for 67 yards, became just the fourth player in 15 years to score at least 15 TDs in back-to-back seasons, and fell back one reception for the sixth season of 100 tackles by running back in league history.
Herbert was 24 of 31 as his streak of 300 consecutive yards in three games ended. Keenan Allen caught 11 passes for 104 yards and passed the 100-yard mark in six consecutive road games.
Foles was 17 of 29 for 143 yards and threw his final interception of the third quarter. The Super Bowl MVP was sacked after the 2017 season with Philadelphia seven times in his first game NFL Starting December 26, 2021 with Chicago.