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NFL Week 16 Game Recap: Los Angeles Chargers 20, Indianapolis Colts 3

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs with the ball in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in his career, Justin Herbert is heading to the playoffs. 

That’s because the Los Angeles Chargers dominated the Indianapolis Colts 20-3 on Monday Night Football.

At 9-6, the Chargers will officially head to the postseason for the first time in four years. Meanwhile, the Colts are currently picking in the top-five of the 2023 NFL Draft at 4-10-1.

Offensive spotlight: Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen currently has an 84.3 grade on first review, which would be his highest single-game mark since 2020. The 10th-year receiver caught 11 of his 14 targets for a season-high 104 yards, averaging 3.25 yards per route run against the Colts.

Defensive spotlight: Linebacker Kenneth Murray has looked like a bust since being drafted in the first round by the Chargers in 2020, but he had a career night against the Colts. Murray currently has a 90.1 grade on first review, which would be the highest of his three-year career so far. Murray picked up a sack on one of his two pass-rushing snaps. He also didn’t allow any catches on three targets while forcing two incompletions.

Rookie spotlight: Tight end Jelani Woods was one of the lone bright spots for the Colts offense tonight. The third-rounder from Virginia caught three of his five targets for 43 yards and a couple first downs while averaging a team-high 2.05 yards per route run.

Offensive line spotlight: The Chargers offensive line did a decent job of protecting Herbert, only allowing a pressure on 19.4% of their 36 pass-blocking snaps. Right tackle Trey Pipkins and center Corey Linsley were particularly impressive with a clean sheet on the night.

Box Score

Passing
Los Angeles Chargers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Justin Herbert 7.5 24 / 31 235 7.6 0 1
Indianapolis Colts
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Nick Foles 2.72 17 / 29 143 4.9 0 3
Rushing
Los Angeles Chargers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Austin Ekeler 23.9 18 67 3.7 2 16
Justin Herbert 7.5 5 1 0.2 0 2
Joshua Kelley 5.2 9 33 3.7 0 11
Indianapolis Colts
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Zack Moss 8 12 65 5.4 0 14
Nick Foles 2.72 1 0 0 0 0
Jordan Wilkins 0.4 1 4 4 0 4
Receiving
Los Angeles Chargers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPR TD
Keenan Allen 24.4 14 11 104 9.5 0
Austin Ekeler 23.9 4 4 12 3 0
Mike Williams 11.6 4 4 76 19 0
Joshua Kelley 5.2 1 1 9 9 0
Joshua Palmer 3.6 3 2 16 8 0
Tre' McKitty 2 2 1 10 10 0
Donald Parham Jr. 1.8 2 1 8 8 0
Indianapolis Colts
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPR TD
Zack Moss 8 1 1 5 5 0
Michael Pittman Jr. 7.9 7 4 39 9.8 0
Jelani Woods 7.3 5 3 43 14.3 0
Alec Pierce 5.6 4 3 26 8.7 0
Parris Campbell 3.9 5 2 19 9.5 0
Deon Jackson 3.9 3 3 9 3 0
Mo Alie-Cox 1.2 2 1 2 2 0
Jordan Wilkins 0.4 1 0 0 0 0

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