Final

Jaguars 25

(8-4, 4-2 away)

Colts 28

(10-2, 5-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 2, 2007

 

1 2 3 4 T
JAX 0 7 7 1125
IND 14 7 0 728

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 288 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: F. Taylor (JAX) - 14 CAR, 104 YDS

Receiving: R. Wayne (IND) - 8 REC, 158 YDS, 1 TD

Colts take two-game lead in South with win over Jaguars

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Peyton Manning is adjusting to being without Marvin Harrison. Tony Dungy is finally adjusting to instant replay.

So the Indianapolis Colts are on the verge of their fifth straight AFC South title.

Still the Man
Peyton Manning
With Brett Favre knocking down his share of records this season, Peyton Manning's spotlight has somewhat dimmed. Manning's numbers may show otherwise after throwing 4 touchdowns Sunday for a total of 23 on the year, becoming only the third player in history to throw for at least 20 touchdowns in 10 straight seasons.
Quarterback
Years
Streak
Brett Favre1994-0512
Peyton Manning1998-0710
Dan Marino1983-9210
Len Dawson1962-676
Tom Brady2002-076

Manning, hampered by a lack of receivers for the past six weeks, threw four touchdown passes, two after the Colts won replay challenges, to beat Jacksonville 28-25 Sunday and take a two-game lead with four games to go.

It was the second victory by the Colts (10-2) over Jacksonville (8-4) this season, essentially giving them a three-game lead with four games left in a division they've controlled since Tennessee won it the first year of the current configuration.

"I feel great about where we are right now," said Dungy, who during the early years of the challenge system couldn't win any, let alone two, as he did in a bizarre first quarter Sunday that included three challenges.

"Going into the fourth quarter of the season, we've got a good lead in the division and we're second in the conference. If we'd lost, we'd have felt we'd have to win all four of our last games."

Jacksonville's Jack Del Rio all but conceded the title.

"In all likelihood, they'll win the division," said Del Rio, whose team still leads the AFC wild-card race. "They still have to play it out, but they deserve it. We didn't quite get it done today, but I saw a lot of good things."

Having lost to unbeaten New England, the Colts have almost no chance to get home-field advantage for the AFC playoffs. To get a first-round bye, they have to finish second in the conference and went into Sunday a game ahead of Pittsburgh for that spot.

The Colts' first two TDs came after challenges.

The first one came on the Jaguars' opening possession when Robert Mathis sacked David Garrard and knocked the ball free. Officials first ruled Jacksonville recovered at its 11, but Dungy appealed and referee Terry McAuley ruled the Colts' Raheem Brock recovered.

"I never thought there was a question," Dungy said. "I saw Raheem get the ball. He was down. Then someone knocked into him and knocked it loose."

Two plays later, Manning threw a 5-yard TD pass to Dallas Clark.

On the Colts' next possession, officials ruled Ben Utecht fumbled. Dungy appealed, McAuley ruled it an incomplete pass, and on the next play, Manning threw a 48-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne, who finished with 8 catches for 158 yards.

Manning, who was 19-of-28 for 288 yards, also threw a 14-yarder to Clark and a 1-yard shovel pass to running back Luke Lawton for scores. He now has 23 TD passes for the season, tying him with Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks to throw more than 20 in each of their first 10 NFL seasons.

It was his first game with four touchdown passes since last December 18 against Cincinnati. He has been hampered in recent weeks by the loss of Harrison, who has missed seven of the last eight games with a knee injury allowing teams to concentrate on Wayne. The Colts had only three wide receivers active for Sunday's game.

"It's been tough getting used to new people and for the new people to get used to me," Manning said. "I thought we finally got some things going today."

Jacksonville, which ran for 168 yards, finally got going after the second Manning TD pass. The Jags took more than 11 minutes to go 84 yards in 16 plays to cut it to 14-7 on Maurice Jones-Drew's 2-yard run.

However, Manning drove the Colts right back downfield, hitting Clark from 14 yards out to make it 21-7 at intermission. Capping another time-consuming drive to start the second half, the Jaguars cut it to 21-14 on Garrard's 2-yard pass to Marcedes Lewis.

"To come out in the third quarter and put a stamp on it: 'We're not going anywhere. We're going to be here for 60 minutes,' " Garrard said.

They were.

Reggie Nelson's end-zone interception of Manning ended an Indy threat and Josh Scobee's 47-yard field goal cut the Colts lead to 21-17 early in the fourth quarter. But the Colts scored again on the shovel pass to Lawton, who was just signed this week after being cut earlier in the season.

"It was great on Luke's part that he knew the play," Manning said. "We just brought him back this week. It's kind of a funny TD pass for me but I'll take it."

Antoine Bethea's interception of Garrard, the first against the Jacksonville QB in 231 passes this season, stopped one drive. But he threw a 17-yard TD pass to Dennis Northcutt, then bulled in for a 2-point conversion, cutting it to 28-25 with 2:47 left.

Indianapolis ran out the clock to win it.

Garrard was 24-of-29 for 257 yards for Jacksonville. Fred Taylor had 104 yards in 14 carries, his second straight 100-yard game after having none previously this season.

Game notes


Brock left the game in the first half and didn't return. His injury wasn't disclosed. ... Jacksonville defensive end Reggie Hayward injured a groin muscle. Del Rio said he didn't know Hayward's status. ... Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez scored what appeared to be his first career touchdown for the Colts, but it was called back for offensive interference. "I didn't see that he did anything," said Manning, who noted his first career TD pass was taken away on the same penalty.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JAX
IND
1st Downs2719
Passing 1st downs
1414
Rushing 1st downs
124
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
6-1010-13
4th down efficiency
1-10-0
Total Plays6355
Total Yards411342
Yards per play6.56.2
Total Drives88
Passing243279
Comp-Att
24-2920-29
Yards per pass
7.69.3
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-141-9
Rushing16863
Rushing Attempts
3125
Yards per rush
5.42.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-53-4
Penalties8-642-15
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession35:4524:15

Passing Leaders

JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard24/292578.9213-14
INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning20/292889.9411-9

Rushing Leaders

JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor141047.4029
Jones-Drew11524.7122
INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Addai21673.2010
Manning320.704

Receiving Leaders

JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilford57214.4035
Williams46917.3022
INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wayne815819.8148
Clark7608.6217

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERJAXIND
indTD9:34Dallas Clark, 5 yd pass from Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 11 yds, 0:41
07
indTD1:37Reggie Wayne, 48 yd pass from Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 63 yds, 3:25
014
SECOND QUARTERJAXIND
jaxTD5:25Maurice Jones-Drew, 2 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 16 plays, 84 yds, 11:10
714
indTD0:11Dallas Clark, 14 yd pass from Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yds, 5:15
721
THIRD QUARTERJAXIND
jaxTD8:11Marcedes Lewis, 2 yd pass from David Garrard (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 69 yds, 6:54
1421
FOURTH QUARTERJAXIND
jaxFG11:41Josh Scobee 47 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 38 yds, 6:40
1721
indTD8:30Luke Lawton, 1 yd pass from Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 63 yds, 3:10
1728
jaxTD2:53Dennis Northcutt, 17 yd pass from David Garrard(David Garrard run for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 8 plays, 78 yds, 3:01
2528