Colts Secure Wild-Card Playoff Berth, Beat Jaguars 31-24

It is probably old news right now, but Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is going to yet another Pro Bowl; after his performance in Thursday night’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, you would understand why. Manning threw for 3 touchdowns, leading Indianapolis to the 31-24 win over Jacksonville at Jacksonville Stadium; with the win, Indianapolis grabbed the #5 seed and wild-card berth.

The Colts overcame a 14-0 deficit in the second quarter and 24-14 early in the fourth quarter; they took their first lead of the game when cornerback Keiwan Ratliff intercepted a pass from Jaguars QB David Garrard and returned it 35 yards for a TD, giving the Colts a 31-24 lead with 4:48 remaining in the game. The Jaguars had a couple chances to tie the game, but both drives ended with sacks; they also lost running back Maurice Jones-Drew to a sprained knee late in the game during their final drive.

Manning had arguably his best game this season as he went 29-of-34 for 364 yards and 3 TD’s while Garrard went 28-of-41 for 329 yards with a TD and an INT. Dominic Rhodes led the Colts rushing attack – or lack thereof – with 27 yards while catching 6 passes for 62 yards and a TD while Drew led Jacksonville’s rushers with 91 yards and catching 7 passes for 71 yards.

Reggie Wayne led the Colts receivers with 7 receptions for 108 yards and a score while Dallas Clark caught 8 passes for 105 yards and a score. Dennis Northcutt led the Jaguars receivers with 8 receptions for 101 yards and a TD while tight end Marcedes Lewis caught 6 passes for 55 yards. Indianapolis (11-4) plays their last regular-season game when they host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, December 28 while Jacksonville (5-10) end their season when they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens – also on Sunday, December 28.

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One Response to “Colts Secure Wild-Card Playoff Berth, Beat Jaguars 31-24”

  1. Rob says:

    I don’t know why the colts will lose the division if they win out and Tenn. loses the rest of their games? They will have beaten each other and have the same division and conference records. Whats the deal?