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.
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.