Vandy left watching

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:21 AM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- Oakville's Mike Vanderjagt could have been the hero in keeping the Indianapolis Colts' streak alive.

But the ex-Argo didn't get enough chances to put his right foot in action.

Colts coach Tony Dungy twice opted for a different strategy, giving up potential points that may have dramatically altered the final few minutes of the game.

The first came early in the second quarter when the Colts were facing fourth-and-goal from the Chargers' one-yard line.

Despite the fact they were trailing only 10-0 at the time, Dungy opted to go for the touchdown. But the Colts fell victim to a busted play and quarterback Peyton Manning was sacked for a six-yard loss.

"That wasn't very smart on my part," Dungy said. "Kicking the field goal to get some points, that would have been the thing to do."

The second decision wasn't so clear cut.

After Manning was dinged with an intentional grounding penalty with 3:16 remaining in the game, the Colts were pushed to the outer limits of Vanderjagt's range.

So despite trailing 19-17, Dungy opted to punt and hope the defence would hold the Chargers.

Instead, unheralded Michael Turner, the backup to LaDainian Tomlinson, busted loose for an 83-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach.

"Mike would have tried it, but it would have been 55 yards," Dungy said.

For the record, Vanderjagt's career-longest field goal in the NFL was 54 yards.


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