The Colts Influence
The Colts Influence
26 at 18
The pursuit of perfection continued unchecked today as the Indianapolis Colts brushed aside the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-18 in a sold-out Alltel Stadium.
It's a trend. The quick-striking Colts haven't trailed since the third quarter of their 45-28 win over St. Louis on Oct. 17. That's a span of seven-plus games -- 438 minutes, 16 seconds.
The Colts offense scored on their opening drive with an impressive show of versatility. And they just kept coming, chipping away at the Jaguars defense with touchdowns or field goals. They didn't commit a single turnover, punted just three times and turned the ball over on downs once. By the end of the day, Manning had thrown for 324 yards, becoming only the second quarterback this season to top 300 yards of passing against the Jaguars defense. Edgerrin James rushed for 93 yards. Marvin Harrison added to the barrage, catching six passes for 137 yards and two touchdown passes from Manning -- including a beautiful 65-yarder at the expense of Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis. Reggie Wayne added 81 receiving yards of damage.
Jaguars all-time leading rusher Fred Taylor had just 19 yards on 10 carries. The Jaguars averaged just 3.2 yards per carry.
The Colts' victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars enabled them to:
Become just the fourth team in NFL history to open a season 13-0, joining the 1998 Denver Broncos, '72 Miami Dolphins and '34 Chicago Bears.
Clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. Along with having a first-round bye, the Colts won't have to leave the RCA Dome to reach Super Bowl XL in Detroit. They'll play host to divisional and championship games.
The Colts also won their third straight AFC South title by completing their seasonal sweep with the Jaguars. The last time the team won three straight divisional titles was in 1975-77.
On With The Show . . .
Jaguars wins toss, elects to receive, and Colts elects to defend the South goal.
The game's opening possession amounted to one Jaguars first down and were then forced to punt.
Manning as uncomplicated as he makes it seem, directed an 89-yard drive on Indy's opening possession with none other than a whole lot of Edgerin James energized with a 13 yard completion to Fletcher, a 24 yarder to Reggie Wayne and 2 completions to Marvin Harrison. One for 12 yards and the other for a 9 yard Manning and Harrison touchdown!
The Jaguars' next possession again amounted to only one Jaguars first down as again they were forced to punt.
When Peyton Manning tripped on their second down and tagged as a sack for -9 yards, Colts we
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