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October 14, 2013

NFL: Luck to make MNF debut against Chargers

SAN DIEGO — Andrew Luck won’t need permission to stay up for the second half of “Monday Night Football.”

Luck will make his Monday night debut when he and the AFC South-leading Indianapolis Colts visit Philip Rivers and the enigmatic San Diego Chargers. It’ll be a big deal for Luck, especially if the Colts (4-1) beat the Chargers (2-3).

Luck spent part of his childhood in Europe, where his father, Oliver, worked for the WLAF and NFL Europe. It wasn’t until his family moved back to the United States that he figured out what Monday night games were all about, even if he had to beg his parents to let him stay up to watch the second half.

“Certain games I was allowed to stay up for a little bit, if I got my sister to join in on the group effort to convince my parents to let us,” he said.

Now Luck has a chance to star in a Monday night game.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” the second-year quarterback out of Stanford said. “Obviously, ‘Monday Night Football’ has a ring to it. A feel about it. I remember as a kid, always wanting to stay up to watch the second half and being told I had to go to bed.

“So I hope my mom lets my brother stay up and watch the second half. It’ll be exciting.”

The Chargers, meanwhile, will try to avoid their second straight prime-time stinker. They’re coming off a dreadful 27-17 loss at Oakland in which they committed five turnovers.

This one might be embarrassing for the Chargers even before kickoff. As of Thursday afternoon, it was looking likely that the game would be blacked out on local TV because more than 9,000 tickets remained unsold.

Here are five things to watch when Indianapolis plays San Diego:

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