Final

Jaguars 12

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Colts 14

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 13, 2009

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 

1 2 3 4 T
JAX 0 6 0 612
IND 0 7 7 014

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 301 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Jones-Drew (JAX) - 21 CAR, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Wayne (IND) - 10 REC, 162 YDS, 1 TD

Manning ties Unitas' club victory mark at 118

ESPN.com news services

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis spent all offseason trying to fix the defense. Mission accomplished -- maybe.

On a day Peyton Manning tied the franchise record for victories and Jim Caldwell won his NFL debut as a head coach, the game came down to two fourth-quarter defensive stops. The Colts made both of them to preserve Indy's 14-12 victory over Jacksonville.

Manning ties Unitas

With Sunday's victory, Peyton Manning tied Johnny Unitas for most wins in Colts' franchise history.

Most QB wins with Colts
QB Unitas Manning
Franchise wins 118 118
Seasons 17 12
Games started 182 177

"Obviously, the defense played well and came up big at the end," Caldwell said. "We thought it would be a grind, and it was. I think our team certainly played tough, played hard, played with a lot of energy."

Now the defense must prove it can continue playing this way.

Caldwell has instilled a tougher attitude and new defensive coordinator Larry Coyer has implemented a more aggressive scheme to take advantage of the Colts' speed. The changes paid dividends, especially late when pressure forced David Garrard into poor throws, bad decisions, and finally a four-and-out to end it.

Kuharsky: No Surprise

The way things played out on the final, crucial downs of the Colts' win over the Jaguars was nothing short of the NFL's natural order, writes Paul Kuharsky. Blog
• AFC South blog

The bulkier defensive line also held up better against an old nemesis, Maurice Jones-Drew, who rushed 21 times for 97 yards and scored Jacksonville's only touchdown Sunday. He had averaged 6.3 yards per carry in six previous games against the Colts.

And it gave Manning win No. 118 as a Colt, tying John Unitas' franchise record.

"I've never felt comfortable with comparisons with him. I think he's kind of in his own category," Manning said. "But I am proud of those wins."

Manning, the three-time MVP, was 28 of 38 for 301 yards and one TD with an interception in the end zone that cost Indy one scoring chance. Joseph Addai's fumble deep in Jags territory ended another drive, though he made up for it later in the first half with a 3-yard TD run.

Not exactly picture perfect.

Worse, receiver Anthony Gonzalez left late in the first quarter with a right knee injury. He ran across the line of scrimmage on a running play, didn't hit anyone and crumpled to the ground. He did not return, and Caldwell had no update on the injury. Sources confirmed an NFL.com report to ESPN's Adam Schefter that Gonzalez had a strained ligament in his knee and will likely miss at least a few weeks.

Reggie Wayne made up for Gonzalez's absence by catching 10 passes for 162 yards, including a 35-yard TD in the third quarter.

"I asked [Rashean] Mathis what happened and he said, 'I didn't even touch him [Gonzalez]'," Manning said. "He has worked so hard in the offseason, I just hope it's not a season-ending injury."

Defensively, things went smoother.

The Colts forced Jacksonville to settle for field goals until Jones-Drew finally took a pitch, made a nifty move in the backfield to avoid tacklers and then jogged in for a 7-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter. When Jones-Drew tried to tie it on a 2-point conversion out of the wildcat formation with 11:07 left, the Colts stuffed the middle.

Fast Facts

• The Colts defeated the Jaguars for the fourth time in the last five games and won their 10th straight regular-season game, the longest streak in the NFL dating back to last season.

• Reggie Wayne had 10 receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown, the third-most receiving yards in his career.

• Jim Caldwell won his head coaching debut.

• Maurice Jones-Drew led the Jaguars in rushing with 21 carries for 97 yards and a score.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"They just did a great job in the red zone stifling our offense," Jones-Drew said. "My hat's off to them. But we have to learn how to finish."

Otherwise, it was a solid effort.

Jacksonville finished with 228 total yards, and had one last chance to win it -- just it did last year on Josh Scobee's 51-yard field goal with 4 seconds left.

But the Colts never gave Scobee a chance to get on the field this time.

After running back Donald Brown couldn't convert on fourth-and-1 just before the 2-minute warning, Jacksonville took over at its 35 with one timeout.

Garrard started with a 2-yard pass to Jones-Drew, who dropped a pass on second down. Indy then pressured Garrard into back-to-back incompletions, including a desperation fourth-down flip, while being surrounded by Colts.

"I thought, 'Here we go again, we have a great chance,'" Garrard said. "You love to be in that situation. We were trying to get the ball to Maurice, but you've got to slow those pass rushers down. We did what we could do."

The Colts' defense was just better.

Game notes


Jags coach Jack Del Rio said defensive end Reggie Hayward bruised his shin or thigh late in the game. ... Rookie cornerback Derek Cox had an interesting NFL debut: intercepting Manning, recovering Addai's fumble and giving up Wayne's TD. ... The Colts played without safety Bob Sanders (knee) and defensive tackle Ed Johnson, who served a league-imposed one-game suspension. ... Garrard was 14 of 28 for 122 yards and Torry Holt caught five passes for 47 yards in his Jags debut.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JAX
IND
1st Downs1221
Passing 1st downs
415
Rushing 1st downs
74
1st downs from penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
6-158-14
4th down efficiency
1-20-2
Total Plays5570
Total Yards228365
Yards per play4.15.2
Total Drives1011
Passing114294
Comp-Att
14-2828-38
Yards per pass
3.97.5
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-81-7
Rushing11471
Rushing Attempts
2631
Yards per rush
4.42.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-21-2
Penalties3-243-17
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession26:0433:56

Passing Leaders

JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard14/281224.4001-8
INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning28/383017.9111-7

Rushing Leaders

JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones-Drew21974.6126
Garrard4143.507
INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Addai17422.5113
Brown11333.0012

Receiving Leaders

JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Holt34715.7026
Jones-Drew5265.2013
INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wayne1016216.2139
Clark4399.8021

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERJAXIND
jaxFG9:02Josh Scobee 24 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 59 yds, 4:55
30
indTD3:43Joseph Addai 3 Yard Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 78 yds, 5:19
37
jaxFG1:04Josh Scobee 46 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 41 yds, 2:40
67
THIRD QUARTERJAXIND
indTD7:04Reggie Wayne 35 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 86 yds, 5:34
614
FOURTH QUARTERJAXIND
jaxTD11:12Maurice Jones-Drew 7 Yard Run (Maurice Jones-Drew Run For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 58 yds, 5:30
1214