Final

Colts 24

(3-1, 2-1 away)

Jaguars 17

(3-1, 1-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 3, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 7 3 7 724
JAX 0 3 3 1117

Manning perfect on 3 drives to sink Jags

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Peyton Manning & Co. were too much for Jacksonville's vaunted defense.

Manning was perfect on three scoring drives, Edgerrin James ran for 83 yards and a touchdown and the Indianapolis Colts handed the Jaguars their first loss of the season, 24-17 Sunday.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen Colts at Jaguars: How come the Jags weren't able to finish more of their drives with TDs?

The Jaguars have to find another option at receiver. Right now Jimmy Smith is carrying the load and it's hurting the team. A young quarterback like Byron Leftwich needs more than one option to throw to -- especially in the red zone. Teams know when a QB is looking at just one player and will do whatever it takes to stop that player. That's what opposing teams are doing right now to Smith and the Jags.

The Jaguars need No. 1 pick Reggie Williams to be that other option. He has the size and physical ability to dominate and has to start asserting his authority to help his team. With his size, he should be able to go up and get a jump ball in the end zone or sit and fight off a defender when the ball is in the air. Right now he's not doing that. It's time for him to start excelling.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

Manning was 14-for-14 for 149 yards on three touchdown drives, including 5-for-5 on the go-ahead score with about three minutes to play. He completed passes to five different receivers on the final drive, which James capped with a 3-yard TD run.

"Peyton's on point right now," Jags linebacker Akin Ayodele said. "There's not much he's doing wrong."

Last season's co-MVP entered the game with nine touchdown passes and just one interception. He was 20-of-29 for 220 yards Sunday with two TD passes and an interception.

He wasn't quite as sharp as last week, when he threw for 393 yards and five touchdowns against Green Bay. But he did exactly what he needed to against Jacksonville's defense, which had allowed just 28 points in the first three games.

"It's great to have No. 18 back there with all the stuff he can do and the different ways he can help you," said Brandon Stokley, who caught eight passes for 97 yards. "It's priceless."

Jacksonville (3-1) played a fourth consecutive close game -- it won the first three by a combined seven points -- but couldn't pull this one out.

After James' TD run, Jacksonville drove into Indy territory with less than two minutes to play. But Fred Taylor came up short on fourth-and-1 -- with both starting offensive tackles on the sideline -- and the Colts (3-1) ran out the clock from there.

"I thought it was a bad spot," said Taylor, who ran 21 times for 68 yards. "I thought we got that yard, but I guess the officials didn't see it the same way."

Left tackle Mike Pearson damaged ligaments in his left knee and could be out for the season. Right tackle Maurice Williams was out of the game with cramps.

Indianapolis pulled even with Jacksonville in the AFC South but has a distinct edge with road wins over the Jaguars and Tennessee.

After opening the season with a three-point loss at New England, the Colts have rebounded to beat the Titans, Packers and Jags.

"This was a good way to finish the first month," coach Tony Dungy said.

The Jaguars' first month was filled with good fortune. They beat Buffalo, Denver and Tennessee in the final minute.

They tied the Indy game at 17 with a gutsy call, a perfect pass and a favorable bounce -- and looked to eek out another close one.

Trailing 17-9 early in the fourth, Byron Leftwich connected with Jimmy Smith for a 40-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-1.

Then Leftwich threw a sharp pass to Brian Jones for the 2-point conversion. Jones bobbled it twice before securing it in a crowd of defenders.

But Manning had plenty of time left.

He also benefited from a questionable call on third-and-5. Manning threw incomplete to Marvin Harrison, but Dewayne Washington was flagged across the field for defensive holding -- a 5-yard penalty that kept the drive alive.

Manning was 5-of-5 for 33 yards on the drive. He also was perfect on two other touchdown drives.

He was 5-for-5 for 67 yards on Indy's second possession, which ended with his 15-yard strike to Harrison.

And Manning was 4-for-4 for 49 yards, including a precision pass to Marcus Pollard down the middle, for a 16-yard score that gave the Colts a 17-6 lead late in the third quarter.

"Peyton did everything to get them down the field when they needed a score," Jags defensive tackle Marcus Stroud said.

The Jaguars, meanwhile, missed several scoring chances in the first half that could have changed the outcome.

They had 203 yards of offense and moved the ball with ease against Indy's much-maligned defense, which ranked last in the league.

The Jags' first three possessions could have produced points, but LaBrandon Toefield came up short on fourth-and-1 from the Indianapolis 24. Then Taylor fumbled at the Indy 43, and Josh Scobee pushed a 35-yarder wide right.

"We definitely had some opportunities that we left on the field," Taylor said. "We beat ourselves in certain situations. They certainly didn't stop us. They just did enough to win."

Game notes


Leftwich was 29-of-41 for 318 yards. ... Manning and Harrison have connected for 71 career touchdowns. ... Jags DE Lionel Barnes returned to the starting after missing last week's game with a shoulder injury. ... The division rivals play again in three weeks in Indianapolis.

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Scoring Summary

FOURTH QUARTERINDJAX
jaxTD10:45Touchdown(Byron Leftwich pass to Brian Jones for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 4 plays, 49 yds, 1:12
1717
FIRST QUARTERINDJAX
indTD6:12Touchdown
Drive info: 7 plays, 75 yds, 2:34
60
ind6:12
Drive info: 7 plays, 75 yds, 2:34
70
SECOND QUARTERINDJAX
jaxFG0:10Josh Scobee 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 46 yds, 0:26
103
indFG0:43Mike Vanderjagt 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 61 yds, 1:35
100
THIRD QUARTERINDJAX
indTD3:13Touchdown
Drive info: 10 plays, 83 yds, 5:27
166
jaxFG9:12Josh Scobee 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 51 yds, 5:42
106
ind3:13
Drive info: 10 plays, 83 yds, 5:27
176
FOURTH QUARTERINDJAX
indTD4:17Edgerrin James, 3 yd run
Drive info: 13 plays, 74 yds, 6:15
2317
jaxFG12:11Josh Scobee 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 56 yds, 5:43
179
ind4:17
Drive info: 13 plays, 74 yds, 6:15
2417