NFL Game Summary - Jacksonville at Indianapolis
(Sunday, December 19th)
Final Score: Indianapolis 34, Jacksonville 24
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Donald Brown rushed for 129 yards and a
touchdown and Peyton Manning and the Colts showed why the AFC South still goes
through Indianapolis with a 34-24 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Manning threw for 229 yards with two touchdowns passes to Austin Collie, and
the defense held Jacksonville's stout running attack to a mere 67 yards.
Indianapolis (8-6) spoiled the Jaguars' chance to clinch the division, and now
it's the Colts who control their own postseason fate. They visit the Oakland
Raiders next Sunday before hosting Tennessee to finish the regular season.
"This is one win," Manning said. "It is all about Oakland this week. You can
take a step back and you feel like these last two wins don't mean as much.
Hopefully we can feed off of a little momentum of two wins in a row and play
well on the road."
David Garrard, dealing with a hamstring injury that limited him at practice
this week, had 294 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for
Jacksonville (8-6), which had won five of six coming in.
"We have two games ahead of us," Garrard said. "We don't hold our destiny in
our hands, but we can go out and make the plays and win some ballgames and
give ourselves a chance."
Mike Thomas returned a punt for a touchdown but also lost a key fumble in the
Despite only trailing 14-10, the Jaguars went for it on 4th-and-1 from their
own 39-yard line on the first touch of the second half. The decision backfired
as Maurice Jones-Drew fumbled a pitch, resulting in a turnover on downs.
After a false start penalty, Brown took a stretch handoff to the left and went
up the sideline for a 43-yard touchdown with 12:19 remaining in the third.
Thomas' muffed punt, caused by the Colts' Taj Smith getting blocked into the
returner just as the ball arrived, led to an Adam Vinatieri 34-yard field goal
at the 8:47 mark.
Thomas had a 39-yard catch to move into Colts territory on the next drive, and
Marcedes Lewis made a sensational one-handed grab to gain the six. From there,
Garrard found Mike Sims-Walker with 3:54 left in the third.
On the final play of the frame, Antoine Bethea intercepted a Garrard pass at
his own 13 and returned the pick 31 yards. Vinatieri's 37-yard kick made it a
two-possession game, 27-17, with 9:57 to play.
Sims-Walker's one-yard TD reception with 1:54 showing made things interesting,
but Tyjuan Hagler scooped up Josh Scobee's onsides kick and went 41 yards the
other way for the score, clinching the Colts' second straight win.
Brown's 49-yard jaunt on the game's opening drive preceded Collie's seven-
yard touchdown just 3:39 into the game.
Jones-Drew was stuffed twice at the one-yard line on the Jaguars' second
possession, forcing Scobee to come out for a 22-yard field goal in the
opening minute of the second quarter.
The Colts countered with an 11-play, 92-yard drive that culminated in Manning
hitting Collie on a seam route in the middle of the field for a 27-yard TD at
the 9:51 mark.
Jacksonville made it 14-10 going into the break thanks to its special teams.
Thomas, fielding a punt at his own 22, appeared to signal for a fair catch but
never fully extended his arm over his head. As a result, the Colts were caught
flat-footed as Thomas raced down the right sideline for a 78-yard score.
In somber news for the Colts, Collie suffered his second concussion of the
season after taking a big hit late in the first half...The Jags had rushed for
200-plus yards in three straight games coming in...The Colts came in allowing
the fourth most yards on the ground...Thomas' return was Jacksonville's first
since October 6, 2002 against Philadelphia...Jones-Drew was held to 46 yards
on 15 carries, snapping a string of six-straight 100-yard games...Garrard
connected on 24-of-38 passes, while Manning was 29-of-39...Manning tied
Johnny Unitas for most games played in franchise history (206)...Jacksonville
has never swept a home-and-home set from the Colts since the clubs
became divisional foes in 2002...The Colts finish the schedule at Oakland
and home with Tennessee, while Jacksonville visits Washington and hosts
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