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Sunday, January 4, 2009
Breaking down Colts run game against Chargers

By Paul Kuharsky

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

SAN DIEGO -- Eric Soderburg and Eric Bolin of ESPN Stats & Analysis provide us with some excellent insight through numbers to what didn't work for the Colts Saturday in their OT loss at San Diego.

As had been the case through much of the season, running back Joseph Addai simply could not get going. His 16 carries for 44 yards included a first-quarter touchdown but little else.

The Colts couldn't rush the ball on early downs, averaging just 2.2 yards on first and second down combined.

The poor rushing on early downs put the Colts in third-and-long situations on 10 of 14 third-down plays.

Colts' 3rd-down Conversions
Yards to goConversionsPct.
4 or less 3-4 75%
5 or more 3-10 30%

With Darren Sproles leading the way, the Chargers dominated the run game.

Chargers, Colts Rushing the Ball
Rushes of 10+ yds 1 7
Rushes of 20+ yds 0 1*
Rush 1st downs 5 11
1st-half yds 39 63
2nd-half yds 25 104**
* Sproles 22-yard score to end game
** Includes OT (29 yards)