Breaking down Colts run game against Chargers

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>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.</p> <p>As had been the case through much of the season, running back <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9616" shape="rect" target="_new">Joseph Addai</a> simply could not get going. His 16 carries for 44 yards included a first-quarter touchdown but little else.<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> The Colts couldn't rush the ball on early downs, averaging just 2.2 yards on first and second down combined.</p> <p>The poor rushing on early downs put the Colts in third-and-long situations on 10 of 14 third-down plays.</p> <p> </p><table align="center" border="0"><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1"> <table bgcolor="#c0c0c0" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="500"><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1"> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="100%"><tr><td bgcolor="#196120" colspan="5" rowspan="1"><font color="#ffffff" face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Colts' 3rd-down Conversions</strong> </font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Yards to go</strong></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Conversions</strong></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Pct.</strong></font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">4 or less</font></strong></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"> 3-4 </font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">75%</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">5 or more</font></strong></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"> 3-10 </font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">30%</font></td></tr></table> </td></tr></table> </td></tr></table> <p>With <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=8544" shape="rect" target="_new">Darren Sproles</a> leading the way, the Chargers dominated the run game.</p> <table align="center" border="0"><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1"> <table bgcolor="#c0c0c0" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="500"><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1"> <table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="100%"><tr><td bgcolor="#196120" colspan="3" rowspan="1"><font color="#ffffff" face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Chargers, Colts Rushing the Ball</strong> </font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Â*</strong></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Colts</strong></font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#d6d6d6" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"><strong>Chargers</strong></font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">Rushes of 10+ yds</font></strong></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"> 1 </font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">7</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">Rushes of 20+ yds</font></strong></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"> 0 </font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">1*</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">Rush 1st downs</font></strong></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"> 5 </font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1">11</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">1st-half yds</font></strong></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"> 39</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"> 63</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><strong><font face="Verdana" size="1">2nd-half yds</font></strong></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"> 25</font></td><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="1" rowspan="1"><font face="Verdana" size="1"> 104**</font></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#f4f4f4" colspan="3" rowspan="1"><em><font face="Verdana" size="1">* Sproles 22-yard score to end game</font></em></td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff" colspan="3" rowspan="1"><em><font face="Verdana" size="1">** Includes OT (29 yards)</font></em></td></tr></table> </td></tr></table> </td></tr></table>

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