Final

Colts 26

(13-0, 7-0 away)

Jaguars 18

(9-4, 4-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, December 11, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 7 10 6 326
JAX 0 3 0 1518

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 324 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: E. James (IND) - 30 CAR, 93 YDS

Receiving: M. Harrison (IND) - 6 REC, 137 YDS, 2 TD

Colts top Jags to stay unbeaten, clinch division title

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- With most of their goals accomplished, the Indianapolis Colts can now turn their attention to history.

But don't expect them to look too far ahead.

It was over when ...
Mike Vanderjagt's 38-yard field goal made the score 23-3 with less than a minute to go in the third quarter.
Game ball goes to ...
Peyton Manning. Manning was 24-of-36 for 324 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. We haven't seen this kind of efficiency since Henry Ford implemented the assembly line.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen Now that home-field advantage is secured, I hope this team doesn't take its pedal off the metal. It may not seem important for this team to go undefeated, but the Colts owe the pursuit of perfection to the fans and the NFL. I hope they realize that in the locker room and keep trying to win every game.
-- Eric Allen

Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes to Marvin Harrison, Mike Vanderjagt kicked four field goals and the Colts remained unbeaten with a 26-18 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Indy became the fourth team in NFL history to start 13-0, locked up a third consecutive division title and secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The team has little left to play for over the final three games.

Well, except for matching the elusive mark set by the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

Perfection.

"Going 16-0 would be great, but it's not the most important thing," coach Tony Dungy said. "I like history. I appreciate it. But I just think it's best to not look too far ahead."

The Colts joined the 1934 Chicago Bears, 1972 Dolphins and 1998 Denver Broncos as the league's only teams to start 13-0. But the Dolphins were the lone team to finish the regular season unbeaten and sweep through the playoffs.

Dungy and his players have been fielding questions regarding their pursuit of perfection for weeks. They downplayed it for the most part but have little else to talk about now.

Dungy must decide whether to rest players and reduce the risk of injury or try to run the table and chase Miami's mark.

The Colts host the San Diego Chargers next week.

"We definitely want to win," Dungy said. "We're going to play to win and go from there. We're going to keep our mantra: One game at a time. We're going to do everything we can to beat San Diego and we're not going to look ahead."

Manning picked apart Jacksonville's secondary all game -- something he didn't do in the teams' first meeting. He had 122 yards passing in a 10-3 win against the Jaguars (9-4) in the second week of the season. He nearly doubled that by halftime Sunday and finished 24-of-36 for 324 yards. He was sacked a season-high three times.

Harrison caught six passes for a season-high 137 yards.

Manning directed an 89-yard drive on Indy's opening possession and capped it with a 9-yard pass to Harrison. They hooked up for another score early in the second quarter, a perfectly thrown 65-yard pass.

The Jaguars, who had their five-game winning streak snapped, scored twice in the final 4:08 and looked like they were going to get a final chance to tie the game.

They forced Indy into a third-down play with 1:39 remaining. But Manning completed a 12-yard pass under heavy pressure to Dallas Clark.

"It's one of those plays that you just trust Dallas will be in that spot, but I couldn't really see him," Manning said.

The Jaguars spent much of the week talking about how well they've matched up with the Colts and repeatedly said they relished the chance to hand their division rival its first loss.

But this one was more of a mismatch until the closing minutes.

The Jags added to their woes with three turnovers and some foolish penalties.

"We beat ourselves up and down -- on offense, defense and special teams," Jags linebacker Mike Peterson said. "We didn't spoil their streak, but we can get another shot at them. They can be beat. This team isn't too much for us. Can we beat them? Hell, yeah."

QB David Garrard, starting his second game in place of Byron Leftwich, fumbled near the goal line. Kyle Brady fumbled three times and lost two. The Jaguars were also flagged seven times for 65 yards.

Coach Jack Del Rio drew one of them for yelling profanity as he threw the challenge flag at an official, a penalty that will probably come with a league fine.

"There are a lot of things said on the sideline that your children shouldn't hear," Del Rio said.

The Jaguars can still make the playoffs by winning their final three games against San Francisco, Houston and Tennessee.

"Hopefully we'll win out and see [the Colts] somewhere again," said Fred Taylor, who returned from a two-game absence and ran 10 times for 19 yards. "They're a good team. I'll give them credit. They're a good team, but we beat ourselves more than them being a good team. They're beatable."

Maybe so. But their record says otherwise.

"We will not let down," Colts defensive tackle Montae Reagor said. "We don't want to lose -- 13-0 doesn't guarantee us anything. We want to keep our rhythm, keep our chemistry. We want to keep on playing until coach says no." Game Notes
Jimmy Smith became the 13th player in NFL history to surpass 12,000 yards receiving. He finished with eight catches for 102 yards and a score. It was his third 100-yard game of the season and the 46th of his career. ... Manning surpassed 3,000 yards passing for the eighth straight year, the only quarterback to start his career like that. ... Colts linebacker Cato June was inactive because of injuries to his groin, knee and ankle.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
JAX
1st Downs2518
Passing 1st downs
1912
Rushing 1st downs
35
1st downs from penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
6-143-11
4th down efficiency
1-21-1
Total Plays7458
Total Yards399324
Yards per play5.45.6
Total Drives1412
Passing300250
Comp-Att
24-3726-35
Yards per pass
7.57.1
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-240-0
Rushing9974
Rushing Attempts
3423
Yards per rush
2.93.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-5
Penalties5-477-65
Turnovers03
Fumbles lost
03
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession33:5826:02

Passing Leaders

INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning24/363249.0203-24
Smith0/100.0000-0
JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard26/352507.1100-0

Rushing Leaders

INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
James30933.1020
Manning461.507
JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones7436.1017
Garrard5193.816

Receiving Leaders

INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harrison613722.8265
Wayne48120.3038
JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith810212.8131
Brady5438.6016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDJAX
indTD4:45Marvin Harrison, 9 yd pass from Peyton Manning (Mike Vanderjagt kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 89 yds, 5:54
70
SECOND QUARTERINDJAX
jaxFG14:15Josh Scobee 19 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 17 yds, 13:28
73
indTD9:32Marvin Harrison, 65 yd pass from Peyton Manning (Mike Vanderjagt kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 65 yds, 0:00
143
indFG0:05Mike Vanderjagt 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 35 yds, 0:49
173
THIRD QUARTERINDJAX
indFG8:19Mike Vanderjagt 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 52 yds, 6:35
203
indFG0:49Mike Vanderjagt 30 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 62 yds, 5:55
233
FOURTH QUARTERINDJAX
indFG12:17Mike Vanderjagt 38 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 15 yds, 12:02
2618
jaxTD4:09David Garrard, 5 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 59 yds, 2:45
2610
jaxTD1:58Jimmy Smith, 1 yd pass from David Garrard( run for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 2:09
2618