Colts-Chargers: A Nightmare Game for Peyton Manning

Michael WhittenbergSenior Writer INovember 12, 2007

IconSunday night's prime-time game was filled with frustration for the Indianapolis Colts.

The game started with Chargers return man Darren Sproles returning a kickoff for a touchdown—and it got worse from there.

Later in the opening period, Sproles scored a touchdown on a punt return, giving his team a 14-0 lead.

Peyton Manning had what may have been the worst game of his career, throwing six interceptions—including five in the first half—while going 34-for-58 for 328 yards.

The six interceptions were a Colts record, and the most picks thrown by a single QB in an NFL game since 2005.

Manning and Co. rebounded in the second half, cutting the Chargers' lead to two in the fourth quarter. WR Reggie Wayne helped spark the Indy comeback, and finished with 10 catches for 140 yards.

The normally clutch Adam Vinatieri had a nightmare game of his own. He missed two field goals, including a potential game-winner in the fourth quarter.

The Chargers held on to win 23-21 after nearly blowing a 23-point lead.

In the Colts' defense, they were missing Marvin Harrison and Dallas Clark. Harrison has been on the shelf for four straight games.

All told, the Colts only had 17 players available on offense—and lost defensive players Dwight Freeney, Charlie Johnson, and Ryan Diem to injuries.

The Colts are now 7-2, and are working on their first two-game losing streak in years. Their hopes for earning home-field advantage over the Patriots in the playoffs seem to be all but shots.

The Chargers now have a sole possession of the AFC West lead after moving to 5-4.