Football: Chargers Beat the Colts 30-24 in a Dramatic Overtime Shootout to Open the Season

LA running back Austin Ekeler Scores the Winning Touchdown for the Chargers

The Chargers came out on top over the Colts in a dramatic shootout in overtime, 30-24 in the regular season opener. Running back Austin Ekelertook the ball seven yards into the end zone for the victory.

The Chargers had a lot of help from Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri who missed two field goals and an extra point in regulation.

The Chargers scored first building a 7-9 lead in the first quarter. The Colts can back to score,only to have Vinatieri miss the extra point. The Chargers added to their lead, scoring again to make it 17-6 at the half.

The Colts outscored the Chargers 18-7 in the second half. A dramatic two point lunger tied it up and forced the game into overtime.

Charger quarterback Phillip Rivers completed 25 of 34 passes for 333 yards. The veteran signal caller tossed touchdowns, two to Ekeler and one to Keenan Allen. Kicker Ty Long also nailed a40 yard field goal for the Chargers.

Jacoby Brissett, who stepped in as the Colts starter when quarterback Andrew Luck retired in August, completed 21 of 27 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

TY Hilton caught both of Brissett’s TD passes. Running back Marlon Mack gained 174 yards on 25 carries and scored a touchdown for Indianapolis.

The Chargers will travel to Detroit to take on the Lions in Week 2 of the regular season. That matchup will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be televised on CBS. The Colts will be in Tennessee to take on the Titans.

Photos by Scott Padgett