Sunday, December 19, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Colts 34, Jaguars 24
By Paul Kuharsky
INDIANAPOLIS -- Thoughts on the Colts’ win over the Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium.
What it means: The Colts have caught the Jaguars at 8-6 and have gained control of their own destiny. If Indianapolis wins its final two games, it’s assured of the AFC South crown. Jacksonville had such control but lost it late in the season for the fourth time in seven years.
What I liked: Indianapolis ran it with a good deal of success against a run defense that’s been quite stout. The Colts found the Jaguars’ weakness and abused it, making plays against the Jaguars’ safeties, particularly Sean Considine, who struggled against both the run and the pass. Tyjuan Hagler did great work to ice it, snatching a weak onside kick with 1:47 remaining and sprinting to a 41-yard touchdown.
What I didn’t like: Far too many confusing calls by referee Mike Carey and his crew. Two of them in the first half benefited the Jaguars.
Decisive moment: Marcedes Lewis made a great play to pull in a high David Garrard pass on a big touchdown drive late in the third quarter. But Garrard’s next too-high pass couldn’t be saved. It sailed over Jason Hill and was intercepted by Antoine Bethea. The Colts drove to a field goal that gave them a two-score lead.
Injury concern: Austin Collie provided a huge boost to the Colts' offense while catching two touchdown passes, but Daryl Smith delivered a hard hit in the second quarter. Smith’s arm banged Collie’s helmet. The team announced the receiver had a concussion. It’s his second of the season and he had just made it back from the first.
What’s next: The Colts head to Oakland to face the Raiders. The Jaguars host the Washington Redskins.