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Turnovers Plague Colts In Playoff Loss

Last updated on Monday, January 14, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The Indianapolis Colts’ Super Bowl defense came to an end yesterday as the San Diego Chargers pulled out a 28-24 win in an AFC divisional game.

The Chargers won despite being without leading rusher Ladanian Tomlinson for much of the game and then losing quarterback Phillip Rivers on the final play of the third quarter. Backup Billy Volek led San Diego on what proved to be the game-winning drive as the Chargers went 78 yards capped by a one-yard Volek sneak with 4:50 remaining.

Peyton Manning threw for a franchise-playoff-record 402 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough as the Colts end the season at 13-and-4.

The Colts were their own worst enemy as turnovers, dropped passes and penalties were key in the horseshoes' season-ending loss.

Despite Manning setting records for completions and passing yardage in a playoff game, he also threw a pair of interceptions deep in San Diego territory.

Marvin Harrison, making his first appearance in ten games, fumbled at the San Diego 22 late in the first quarter. The chargers would drive 78 yards for a score following the turnover.

San Diego advances to Sunday's AFC championship game where they will face the undefeated New England Patriots in Foxborough.

The Colts are 0-and-4 in playoff games in which they have had a first-round bye.

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