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NFL: Chargers corral Colts

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Nick Novak kicked the last of his four field goals from 50-yards with 1:55 remaining as the San Diego Chargers beat the Indianapolis Colts 19-9 on Monday.

Rookie Keenan Allen had a career-high nine receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers, which improved to 3-3 on the National Football League season.

Quarterback Philip Rivers was 22-of-33 for 237 yards and a touchdown and running back Ryan Mathews rushed for 102 yards on 22 carries for the Chargers, which totalled 147 yards on the ground in the win.

Andrew Luck completed 18-of-30 passes for 202 yards with an interception for Indianapolis, which will welcome quarterback Peyton Manning back to town on Sunday as the Colts host the Denver Broncos. The first place Colts lost just their second game Monday to go with four wins.

Reggie Wayne became the ninth NFL receiver to reach 1,000 career receptions in defeat. He caught five passes for 88 yards.

The Chargers completed a 15-play, 74-yard drive that took 9:13 off the clock with a 34-yard field goal from Novak that gave them a 16-6 advantage with 9:43 left in the fourth.

The Chargers are now 16-9 overall over the Colts in the regular-season, but are 5-6 against them at home.

The Colts, which had a three game win streak snapped Monday, had outscored their opponents by 54 points in their first two road games this season.

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