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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Colts 35, Jaguars 31

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

JACKSONVILLE -- The Jaguars rewarded their first sellout crowd of the season with a thriller, but ultimately couldn’t quite measure up to the Colts.

Indianapolis moved to 14-0 with the sort of late-game precision that’s expected from Peyton Manning. Their 35-31 win ranks among the year’s very best games.

With the free-flowing matchup slowed and turning defensive, Reggie Wayne ran past rookie corner Derek Cox and safety Reggie Nelson to score on a 65-yard pass late in the game.

Wayne's TD was the game’s ninth lead change and put the Colts ahead for good with 5:23 remaining in the game.

The Jaguars had two more possessions to take the game back.

The first was undone by an illegal formation penalty, a missed open receiver, and a sack.

The second started 61 yards from the end zone with 2:06 left and ended when Jacob Lacey picked off David Garrard's throw that sailed over Mike Thomas with 57 seconds on the clock.

And so the Colts grew their record regular season winning streak to 23, kept alive the possibility they will go 16-0, and dealt an AFC South rival a loss that means it no longer controls its own playoff fate.