Final

Jaguars 24

(8-6, 3-4 away)

Colts 34

(8-6, 5-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 19, 2010

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 

1 2 3 4 T
JAX 0 10 7 724
IND 7 7 10 1034

Top Performers

Passing: D. Garrard (JAX) - 294 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Brown (IND) - 14 CAR, 129 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Collie (IND) - 8 REC, 87 YDS, 2 TD

Peyton Manning tosses 2 TDs to keep Colts in playoff hunt

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning and the Colts have started their playoff run a few weeks early. They really had no choice.

Manning had two more touchdown passes Sunday, avoided throwing any interceptions for the second straight game, and led the Colts to a season-saving 34-24 victory over Jacksonville that puts them back on track to make the postseason.

"Since that Cowboys game, we knew we really had four must-win games and we've won two of them," Manning said. "It's a good win, but it's just one game and we've got to be able to do that again next week."

Make that next week at Oakland and the following week when Tennessee visits Lucas Oil Stadium. Win both and the Colts (8-6) take their seventh AFC South title in eight years and deal yet another frustrating blow to the ever-chasing Jaguars.

For the Colts (8-6), Sunday was essentially win or forget about the playoffs. The victory moved them into a tie for the AFC South lead with the Jags (8-6) and squared the head-to-head tiebreaker, giving Indy the inside track to the division crown.

For Jacksonville, it was more frustration against the team it has been chasing for nearly a decade. A victory would have clinched the Jags' first AFC South crown, and now they'll need help to win it.

Manning wasn't going to let the defending AFC champs go down without a fight, and the four-time league MVP delivered one of his most efficient performances of the season. He was 29 of 39 for 229 yards, 71 yards short of breaking Dan Marino's record for most 300-yard games in a career (63).

The record, of course, didn't matter to Manning.

What did was getting more help from a suddenly resurgent ground game.

Indy finished with 155 yards rushing, its third-highest total of the season. Donald Brown scored on a 43-yard run and ran 14 times for a career-high 129 yards, the first 100-yard game of his two-year career.

"When you're getting to the second level, and that's the first time you're getting touched, that makes my job a lot easier," Brown said. "We just want to help complement the passing game any way we can."

The game went nothing like the Jags needed.

Maurice Jones-Drew rushed 15 times for 46 yards, ending his streak of consecutive 100-yard games at six with his worst game ever against Indy.

The time of possession was split almost perfectly in half.

Jacksonville turned the ball over on downs at its 38 early in the second half, and when it had a chance to tie the score by recovering an onside kick with less than 2 minutes to go, linebacker Tyjuan Hagler sprinted 41 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory.

"Really, for us, it's disappointing that we didn't close the deal here," Jags coach Jack Del Rio said. "We really expected right now to be in here with a division crown captured. It didn't happen."

The old Manning was the primary reason.

He opened the game with a 7-yard TD pass to Austin Collie, and went back to Collie for a 27-yard TD after Josh Scobee made a 22-yard field goal for the Jags. That gave Indy a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter.

Jacksonville closed to 14-10 when Mike Thomas scored on a 78-yard punt return, a play on which the Colts contended he signaled for a fair catch.

It didn't matter. Two plays after the Jags turned over the ball on downs in the third quarter, Brown found a seam and raced down the left sideline for the 43-yard score to make it 21-10. The Colts then converted two Jags turnovers into field goals, giving Indy a 27-17 lead, before the Jags finally counterpunched.

David Garrard threw a 1-yard pass to Mike Sims-Walker right after the 2-minute warning to make it 27-24, and the Jags had a chance to rally if they recovered the onside kick.

"We've been very strong in closing out ballgames and taking advantage of opportunities," Del Rio said. "I really and truly believed at the end that we would somehow find a way to get that onside kick and go win the game."

Instead, Hagler scored and Indy stayed in position to win yet another division title.

"It's all about Oakland this week," Manning said. "If you take a step back these two wins won't mean much, so we hope we can continue to build on the momentum."

Indy's celebration was tarnished by another frightening scene involving Collie. The receiver was injured late in the first half when the forearm of linebacker Daryl Smith hit Collie in the head. Collie lay motionless for several minutes before sitting up and eventually walked off the field with a concussion. He did not return.

It's the third time since Nov. 7 that Collie has left a game early because of a concussion or concussion-like symptoms.

Game notes


In 20 games against the Colts, Jacksonville has never won two in a row. ... Manning's 39 attempts gave him 608 for the season, a career high, with two games left. His previous high was 591 attempts in 2001. ... Before Collie's injury, Manning threw his way 10 times. Collie caught eight balls for 87 yards and both scores. ... Reggie Wayne caught five passes for 44 yards, giving him 99 receptions for the season. ... Garrard was 24 of 38 for 294 yards with two TDs, both to Sims-Walker, and one interception.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JAX
IND
1st Downs2019
Passing 1st downs
1412
Rushing 1st downs
47
1st downs from penalties
20
3rd down efficiency
5-135-13
4th down efficiency
2-30-0
Total Plays6164
Total Yards356376
Yards per play5.85.9
Total Drives1211
Passing289221
Comp-Att
24-3829-39
Yards per pass
7.45.5
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-51-8
Rushing67155
Rushing Attempts
2224
Yards per rush
3.06.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-31-3
Penalties6-556-68
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11
Possession30:2229:38

Passing Leaders

JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard24/382947.7211-5
INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning29/392295.9201-8

Rushing Leaders

JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones-Drew15463.1012
Jennings3134.306
INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown141299.2149
Rhodes9262.9014

Receiving Leaders

JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings7649.1025
Lewis66310.5025
INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Collie88710.9227
Garcon5448.8014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERJAXIND
indTD11:28Austin Collie 7 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 82 yds, 3:39
07
SECOND QUARTERJAXIND
jaxFG14:18Josh Scobee 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 15 plays, 77 yds, 8:41
37
indTD9:55Austin Collie 27 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 92 yds, 4:22
314
jaxTD4:06Mike Thomas 78 Yard Punt Return (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 78 yds, 0:00
1014
THIRD QUARTERJAXIND
indTD12:28Donald Brown 43 Yard Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 38 yds, 1:03
1021
indFG8:52Adam Vinatieri 34 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 1:21
1024
jaxTD3:59Mike Sims-Walker 6 Yard Pass From David Garrard (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 77 yds, 4:53
1724
FOURTH QUARTERJAXIND
indFG10:02Adam Vinatieri 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 37 yds, 5:03
1727
jaxTD1:59Mike Sims-Walker 1 Yard Pass From David Garrard (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 51 yds, 1:27
2427
indTD1:54Tyjuan Hagler 41 Yard Kickoff Return (Adam Vinatieri Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 41 yds, 0:00
2434

Research Notes

Donald Brown's career day helped fuel Peyton Manning and the Colts' play-action passing game. Manning completed 12-of-13 passes when using a play fake, including two Austin Collie touchdowns.

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