WAYNE BECOMES NINTH PLAYER IN NFL HISTORY TO REACH 1,000 CATCHES—It was fitting that
In typical Wayne fashion he turned what would be a difficult catch to most look relatively easy as he hauled in a shoelace, 21-yard reception with 9:11 left in the fourth quarter.
That grab gave the Colts two players that have reached the 1,000-catch mark (Marvin Harrison-1,001).
“It’s a great accomplishment,” head coach Chuck Pagano said of Wayne’s accolade. “He’s going to be the first one to tell you, it’s about winning, it’s not about the numbers. He would take a W tonight instead of making that milestone. He’d take a W any day of the week I know he would.”
Following suit, Wayne said just that as he would much rather have his five-catch, 88-yard performance come in a Colts winning effort.
“It’s a humbling experience to be in an elite class with a bunch of guys who have helped pave the way for guys like myself,” Wayne said. “I wish it would have been more of a greater celebration. I would of much rather of taken the W than any accolade. We gave this one up.”
Wayne pointed to five drops that were “out of the norm” for what the Colts had done through the first month of the season.
“We have to take this on the chin,” Wayne said following the 19-9 win. “We have to figure out a way to correct our mistakes fast. We have a big game coming up next week. We have to make the corrections on this game and get going.”
VINATIERI MAKES TWO FIELD GOALS OF AT LEAST 50 YARDS FOR FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER-
With field goals of 50 and 51 yards, Vinatieri connected on two 50 -field goals in a game for the first time in his 18-year NFL career.
Vinatieri, who was three-of-three on the night, converted a 50-yarder at the halftime gun to cut the Chargers lead to 10-6 heading into the third quarter.
Then in the fourth quarter, with the Colts needing two scores to tie the game, Vinatieri knocked home a 51-yarder right down the middle to trim the margin to seven points.
“It was a nice evening and the ball was flying pretty good. It’s nice to have field goals but I’ll trade them for touchdowns any day obviously,” Vinatieri told Colts post game radio.
“It’s always nice to help the team and get that momentum back but it wasn’t enough.”
RICHARDSON REACHES FOUR YARDS PER CARRY IN LIMITED WORK-With only possessing the ball for 21:29, the Colts rushing attack did not receive its normal workload on Monday night.
The highlight for Richardson came in the first half when he broke three tackles on his way to a 13-yard reception.
However, it was a fourth quarter drop that had Richardson’s attention after the game.
“I dropped a screen pass (because) I took my eyes off the ball. I can still see myself running,” Richardson said after the game. “That’s not the football I play. I don’t like to have missed assignments. I’m beating myself up about it, but good thing we have a game this Sunday.”
“We beat ourselves. Don’t get me wrong they made a lot of good plays and that’s a good team, but I felt the whole game that we weren’t going to lose.”