Rapid Reaction: Colts 14, Jaguars 12
September, 13, 2009
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
INDIANAPOLIS -- It’s the scenario most quarterbacks relish. David Garrard’s Jaguars had the ball with 1:59 left at their own 35-yard line with a timeout, needing a field goal to win it. He had big-legged Josh Scobee on his side.
This 14-12 loss doesn’t land on Garrard.
Maurice Jones-Drew dropped a pass and Garrard faced the sort of end-game pressure the Colts are renowned for when they play with a lead. Gary Brackett cut him down as he threw incomplete before a three-man wave came at him to end it with a sack on fourth down -- first Robert Mathis, then Dwight Freeney, then Brackett.
The Colts were the Colts, playing with the confidence of a team that usually finds a way to pull things out.
Reggie Wayne was the target on an early pass from Peyton Manning that was picked off by rookie Derek Cox.
From there Wayne was spectacular in the team’s first game in over a decade without Marvin Harrison and with Anthony Gonzalez sidelined with a knee injury suffered early. Wayne finished with 10 catches for 162 yards and a TD.
In the end, margin of victory doesn’t matter.
The Jags didn’t turn it over, took it away a couple times and ran it with success. In a game between a team picked for the playoffs and a team tabbed for last in the division, it wasn’t enough.