By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS — Many Colts fans quickly went from cheering against the San Diego Chargers to wishing them luck.
The Chargers beat the Colts 28-24 on Sunday in a divisional playoff game to end any hopes that the Colts would repeat as Super Bowl Champions, yet San Diego will have the backing of many Colts fans in the AFC Championship game against New England.
The Patriots-Colts rivalry has been one of the league’s most intense in recent years, and some Colts fans say watching the Patriots lose next week would be the closest thing to a championship.
“I’d cheer for anybody who’s against New England,” C.J. Harrison of Indianapolis said after watching the game at a downtown sports bar. “I don’t care who they are, whether they beat the Colts or not.”
New England coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots were fined this season for using a videocamera to spy on opposing coaches.
“Especially given some of the controversy involving coach Belichick, with their questionable practices of stealing other teams’ play calls — they’re definitely not America’s team,” Harrison said.
The Patriots carried a swagger along the way to an unbeaten record, one reason Eddie Meyer of Fishers said he expects “most of America” will be cheering for the Chargers.
Change is coming for the Colts, and their fans. They’ll move out of the RCA Dome and into Lucas Oil Stadium next season. The Colts had played in the dome since moving from Baltimore in 1984.
“I think the RCA Dome is a beautiful stadium, but onto bigger and better things,” Harrison said. “Lucas Oil Stadium is going to be a great stadium for the Colts as well.”
Jeff Schweiger of Carmel, an 18-year season ticketholder, won’t miss the dome. He likes the idea of a retractable roof.
“I’m glad to see it go,” he said. “Give me an outside stadium any day.”
The Colts also could be without their coach. Talk that Tony Dungy might retire has been circulating in the past week, and fans are preparing for the worst.
“I think he’ll be remembered very graciously around here,” Schweiger said. “He’s done a wonderful job in this city, and even though this might have been the final game, I think the city of Indianapolis will hold him in high regard.”
An unhappy Andy Choate of Indianapolis summed it up quickly: “Great career, bad ending.”
Meyer said Dungy’s legacy was ensured last February.
“It’s all positive,” Meyer said. “He’s won the Super Bowl.”
By CLIFF BRUNT