To a number of Colts fans, Sunday’s 19-14 setback to the Jaguars in Jacksonville was the best thing that could have happened.
The loss secures the Colts the first overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, and for the next three and a half months the biggest question regarding the Colts will be a simple one. Will the team draft QB Andrew Luck with the first pick?
Sunday was the end of what was a long and painful season for the young Colts, a team that went from playoff season after playoff season to rock bottom, and all of it with Peyton Manning watching from the sideline.
Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a season-high 169 yards, clinching the NFL rushing title and breaking Fred Taylor’s single-season franchise record, as the Jaguars topped the Colts.
The Jaguars (5-11) became the first AFC South opponent to sweep Indianapolis (2-14) since 2002 and gave outgoing owner Wayne Weaver a victory in his final game.
Adam Vinatieri kicked a 48-yard and a 20-yard field goal for the Colts, and the Colts made it a game late when Dan Orlovsky hit Austin Collie with a 12-yard TD throw with 3:22 left to make it a 6-point game.
Jones-Drew took over, and on a critical 3rd and 4 with the Colts having no timeouts, ran off tackle for 6 yards and a first down to seal the win.
The Colts end the year with two wins, while the 2011 Jags end the year at 5-11.