Indianapolis Colts VS Jacksonville
Jaguars at The RCA Dome Setember 24, 2006 Colts win 21 to 14
VS JAGUARS November
Jaguar's statistical, dominating, unsportsmanlike roughing defense in
the first half - Colts prevail and win it 21 to 14
At Indianapolis Colts at
Start Time: 1:02 PM EST
Game Day Weather
Played Indoor on Turf: FieldTurf
Outdoor Weather: Mostly
Cloudy, 64 Degrees
Referee: Peter Morelli (135)
Line Judge: Charles
Field Judge: Jim
Saracino (58) Umpire: Darrell Jenkins (76)
Side Judge: Jeff
Replay Official: Hendi
Ancich () Head Linesman: George Hayward (54)
Back Judge: Don
In a game
where the Jacksonville Jaguars acknowledged to prevail over their
rivalry opponent and end the Colts' four-year domination of the AFC
South, by out scoring them as they did to their first week contender,
Dallas Cowboys 24-17 and their second week hounding of the Super Bowl
champion Steelers 9-0. The Jacksonville Jaguars started the game
giving the impression of accomplishing such a feat.
Colts playing without a number of key injured players; Pro Bowl
safety Bob Sanders, kicker Adam Vinatieri, wide receiver Brandon
Stokley and defensive tackle Corey Simon.
Jacksonville Jaguars commenced to dominate the Colts offensively and
defensively in the first half Sunday. In the opening 30 minutes. The
Jaguars ran for 157 yards on 29 carries. Backup Maurice Jones-Drew
had 87 on eight carries. Fred Taylor added 67 on 17 carries. The
Colts were being crushed on the same plays over and over. The
Jaguars scored on a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Byron
Leftwich after an opening possession that used nearly half the first
quarter. The Colts and Jags began to trade the ball back and forth
through the first and second quarter while neither team were able to
score until Colts Terrance Wilkins returns a punt 82 yards for a
touchdown late in the second quarter!
half time The Colts regrouped, adapted, improvised and overcame!
Jaguars self-destructed as they did not score again until 3:32
remaining in the game; Jaguars missed out on six points after Josh
Scobee missed a pair of field-goal attempts, the first from 24 yards.
This is from a club that scored all its points during last week's win
over Pittsburgh through the kicking game. The Colts on the other hand
scored a touchdown on an 82-yard punt return by Terrence Wilkins
early in the second quarter; being the third longest punt return for
a TD in franchise history.
third quarter; as a result of Dallas Clark being left alone in the
endzone and Peyton to connect on a 30-yard touchdown pass. Colts in
the fourth quarter scored again as Peyton Manning posted his first
rushing touchdown since the 2002 season, taking a naked bootleg
around the right side for a 2-yard score! Instead of handing off to
Addai, Manning faked the handoff. With safety Donovin Darius blitzing
from the right side of the Colts' line and committed to going after
Addai, Manning tucked the ball and rolled untouched into the end zone.
coach, Tony Dungy instructed offensive coordinator Tom Moore to relay
to Manning to keep the football and run the bootleg. No other player
was clued in.
As I have
noted many a times before, it's a real shame when you have to play
against blind idiotic Officials. The Colts took issue with several
rulings and non-rulings by the officials in Sunday's game.
reception by wide receiver Reggie Wayne in the second quarter was
negated when Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio successfully challenged.
On the play, Wayne made a diving catch, seemed to secure the ball in
his right hand, put his left hand down to cushion his fall and rolled
onto the FieldTurf with his right elbow hitting the ground. Then the
ball came out.
to referee Pete Morelli, " . . . the receiver could not
maintain complete control of the ball. The ball came out and hit the ground.''
noted Wayne's "non-catch'' was identical to an apparent
interception by Pittsburgh safety Troy Polomalu in the Steelers'
playoff win over the Colts last season. It was ruled an interception
on the field but overruled by replay. A few days later, the NFL
admitted the officials were wrong for overturning the interception.
the same thing,'' Dungy said.
officials also seemed to give Jacksonville cornerback Rashean Mathis
a lot of leeway. He twice appeared to interfere with Marvin Harrison
on passes that could have been touchdowns.
guess I'm not sure what pass interference is anymore,'' Dungy said.
The Colts won and are now 3 - 0 and, as usual, The Jags left with an
"L" in the ledger book.
guess they've got the bragging rights now," Jags
quarterback Byron Leftwich said.
WITH THE SHOW
wins the toss and elects to receive while The Colts elects to defend
the East goal.
took control of the first half using 11 plays to run 78 yards on a
7:29 drive to make it 7
first series, they moved the chains once and ended up having Hunter
Smith punt it away.
next series, Leftwich used 8 plays to move the ball 51 yards only to
wind up throwing an interception to cornerback, Jason David on the
Colts nine yard line. On the fourth play of this Jaguars possession,
Reggie Williams committed his first Personal Foul.
Rhodes ran two carries; one for no gain and one for seven yards as
they went into the second quarter . . .
. . . The
Colts were unable score on the turnover and ended up having to punt again.
now with possession moved the chains once and failed to move them
again as Vincent Manuwai is called for Unnecessary Roughness for
shoving Colts linebacker Cato June and penalized 13 yards making it
4th and 22.
when Terence Wilkins pumped life into the sellout crowd and his
teammates. He gathered in Chris Hanson's punt at his own 18-yard line
and found a seam in Jacksonville's coverage.
MATT DETRICH Colts wide receiver Terrence
Wilkins leaps into the endzone after running back a punt for a
touchdown in the second quarter.
wanted to run laterally for five or six yards until I saw a little
seam,'' Wilkins said. "Holes are never going to be that
big, so you've got to hit it.''
tight end Kyle Brady and long-snapper Joe Zelenka and stepped out of
a tackle attempt by linebacker Tony Gilbert.
it was me and Hanson,'' Wilkins said.
Jason David took care of Jacksonville's punter with a devastating
block, clearing Wilkins' path to the end zone making it a tied
82-yard punt return was the Colts' first for a touchdown since
Wilkins' 78-yarder against the New York Jets in 2001. It also was the
third-longest punt return for a touchdown in club history.
Jaguars next possession, they drove 58 yards on 11 plays to the Colts
five yard line. With a 1st and 5, running back, Fred Taylor ran for
two yards before being brought down by Gibert Gardner. 2nd and 3 and
Taylor tries to run up the middle as Robert Mathis and Jason David
hit him for a loss of two yards. 3rd and 5 and Leftwich must have
thought he could run in another touchdown as Robert Mathis thought
differently and brought him down for a loss of 1 yard.
realizing Colts are not going to give up a touchdown they would have
to settle for a field goal. The ball is snapped, Hanson the ball
holder positions the ball as Scobee kicks it and sends it soaring
into the left upright bouncing off leaving their exceptional drive scoreless. The Florida Times-Union, Rick Wilson RICK WILSON/The
Times-Union--9/24/06--Jacksonville Jaguars kicker #10 Josh Scobee
sits dejected on the bench after missing a 24 yard field goal attempt
with 2:53 to play in the second quarter during the Jags 21-14 defeat
to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday afternoon September 24, 2006 at the
RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.
was Scobee's first miss from under 30 yards since he joined the
Jaguars in 2004. Over the past two years, he was a perfect 19-for-19.
first play of their possession, Peyton Manning fires a 51 yard pass
to Reggie Wayne as he brings it in while taking more than two steps
with the ball in hand, falls to the ground. Upon hitting the ground
the ball is forced out of his hands. Yet, after a Jack Del Rio
challenge of the catch, supposedly there was no doubt after all the
footage given him, referee Pete Morelli indicated the receiver could
not maintain complete control of the ball. The ball came out and hit
AP Photo/Darron Cummings
A. J. Macht
know how The Colts do it, week after week of idiotic Officiating
calls, but they do and they did.
the drive, Manning threw deep to Harrison near the goal line.
Harrison barely missed the pass, and although Jaguars cornerback
Rashean Mathis touched the back of Harrison's shoulder pads, no
interference call was made. The Colts proceeded to move down the
field advancing the chains twice with a 22 yard completion to Wayne
and a 20 yarder to Marvin only ending up having to punt in the last
minutes of the half.
finished out the second quarter with Leftwich taking a knee as time
receive the kickoff in the second half of the game as Peyton moved
the ball 80 yards in 7 plays in a little over 3 minutes which include
a 38-yard pass from Manning to Harrison giving the Colts a first down
at the Jaguars 31.
3rd and 9, Peyton found Dallas Clark sitting pretty and all alone on
the right side of the field near the goal line. Peyton fired it 30
yards to Dallas as Colts picks up another touchdown making it 14
plays, the Colts and Jaguars went back and forth coming up scoreless.
However, Scobee got his second chance to put some more points on the
board as he missed again, this time wide right from 49 yards.
The Florida Times-Union, Rick Wilson Jacksonville Jaguars kicker #10
Josh Scobee reacts after missing a 49 yard field goal attempt with
:49 to play in the third quarter during the Jags 21-14 defeat to the
Indianapolis Colts Sunday afternoon September 24, 2006 at the RCA
Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Colts had possession of the ball to end the third quarter.
another controversial no call pass interference when Peyton's pass
fell incomplete on a deep route to Marvin Harrison, the Colts turned
over the ball as Hunter Smith punted away.
couldn't do anything as Leftwich went three and out.
next possession of the ball, Rashean Mathis was finally called for
pass interference although Colts declined as Peyton hit Marvin for 19
yards. However, later in the series another controversial pass
interference on Harrison by Rashean Mathis went uncalled.
MATT DETRICH Colts wide receiver Marvin
Harrison gets tangled with Jacksonville cornerback Rashean Mathis in
a play that ended in a lot of questions and controversy but no flag
was thrown for pass interference in the fourth quarter.
RCA Dome crowd was in an uproar, booing the officials. Peyton
actually got upset with their fans and ended up using a time out for
he could not hear over the crowd noise.
SAM RICHE Indy's Peyton Manning reacts,
while watching the replay screen, to a non-call on a Marvin Harrison
pass that was broken up in the 4th quarter by Rashean Mathis.
Colts, Coach Dungy was a bit stunned!
MATT DETRICH Colts head coach Tony Dungy
questions Side Judge Jeff Lamberth about a pass interference call on
Marvin Harrison late in the fourth quarter.
Colts next play, Peyton hit Wayne for 22 yards putting them within 3
yards of the goal line.
AP Photo/Michael Conroy
lost a yard on the next play trying to rush up the middle for the
touchdown. Second down and 2 yards to the endzone, Jeff Saturday
snaps the ball as Peyton fakes a hand off to Addai and instead he
rolls out and runs it into the endzone himself making it 21
AP Photo/Michael Conroy
Jaguars next possession, Leftwich moved the ball 49 yards in 12 plays
using up a little over 11 minutes to cap it off with a 7 yard
touchdown pass to Maurice Jones-Drew to make it 21
still the Colts lead.
next possession, they tried to run the clock down with ap;oodes,
Rhodes, Rhodes, Rhodes yet ending up punting the ball away.
Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images
ball and on their first down Leftwich throws incomplete. On
2nd-and-10 from the Jaguars 42, Leftwich threw deep to wide receiver
Reggie Williams, but safety Mike Doss cut in front of the pass for
the game-securing interception.
Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images Mike Doss #20 of the
Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball after he intercepted it on the
last drive of the game by the Jacksonville Jaguars September 24, 2006
at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.
seconds left in the game as Peyton takes a knee in the first 2 downs
to run down the clock as Colts win 21 to 14.
RICK WILSON/The Times-Union
Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 24: Byron Leftwich #7 of
the Jacksonville Jaguars hangs his head as he sits on the turf
against the Indianapolis Colts September 24, 2006 at the RCA Dome in
Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 21-14.
(The Florida Times-Union, Rick Wilson) Jacksonville Jaguars receiver #19 Ernest Wilford
(left) and guard #65 Chris Naeole react to the Jags 21-14 loss to the
Indianapolis Colts after the final second ticked off the clock Sunday
afternoon September 24, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Once again, the Jacksonville
Jaguars followed a loss to the Indianapolis Colts with accusations of
dirty play. This time it came straight from the coach.
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio
accused them Monday of illegally vaulting to try to block field goal
attempts and said his offensive linemen were repeatedly hit in the
head by pass rushers.
Del Rio responded to a
postgame comment by Colts punter Hunter Smith, who said the Jaguars
are "like the stand-up comic who can only use vulgarity and
curse words because he lacks intelligence and lacks class. . . . A
team that gets personal fouls the way they do, the roughing
penalties, they just don't have any material."
Shot back Del Rio: "It
must be something with the kickers over there," referring
to ex-Colt Mike Vanderjagt, who once said quarterback Peyton Manning
and coach Tony Dungy lacked intensity. "If Smith starts
talking about Peyton, let me know."
Speaking to a Jacksonville
reporter, Del Rio added, "What did the punter
say? They play clean? They don't vault? They don't do anything that's dirty?"
"I alerted the
officials before the game about the clubbing of linemen, the vaulting
on field goals. Both occurred. We'll put it in the game report like
we always do."
The Jaguars missed two field
goals, with no penalties called on the Colts. Nor were there any
Colts penalties for striking blockers in the head. The Jaguars were
flagged for two personal fouls; the Colts had one on a late hit to
Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich.
The Colts had no comment on
Del Rio's accusations.
After a loss to the Colts in
Week 2 last season, some Jaguars accused the Colts' defensive linemen
of going after quarterbacks' knees, which the Colts vehemently denied.
Colts punter Hunter Smith is
apologizing for adding fuel to a growing trash-talking rivalry
between Indianapolis and Jacksonville.
After Indy beat Jacksonville
21-to-14 on Sunday, Smith likened the Jaguars to a standup comic who
uses vulgarity and lacks class.
Smith said what set him off
were the personal fouls called against the Jaguars. It was the second
straight games between the AFC South foes in which Jacksonville drew
multiple penalties for personal fouls.
Smith says football players
should be models of sportsmanship and he apologizes for the remark.
Regards to The Wayne Family
The brother of Indianapolis
Colts receiver Reggie Wayne was killed Sunday when the delivery truck
he was driving crashed into a highway guardrail.
Rashad Wayne was pronounced
dead at the scene, said James Gallagher, a spokesman for the Kenner
Police responded to a call at
10:15 a.m. Sunday about a wreck on westbound Interstate 10. Officers
found a Capital City Produce Company truck stopped in the highway's
right lane and found the 32-year-old Wayne in the cab with a severe
A preliminary investigation
determined that the truck was traveling in the left lane on the
upramp of the interstate bridge, but crossed three lanes as it
started fishtailing and then hit the right retaining wall, Gallagher said.
"It slid along the top
of the wall on its side a short distance before landing back on its
wheels across the lanes leading to Interstate 310," he said.
Rashad Wayne is from Baker, a
bedroom community north of Baton Rouge. An autopsy will be performed
later to determine the exact cause of his death.
His brother, Reggie Wayne, a
New Orleans native, is in his sixth year with the NFL. The Colts
played in Indianapolis on Sunday, but the team did not address the
accident and told The Associated Press after the game that a
statement was pending. KENNER, La.
Coaches: Tony Dungy (53-20
in fifth year with Colts and 109-66 in 11 years overall).
Dungy improved to 7-3 against Jacksonville Jack Del Rio
(26-23 in fourth year with Jaguars).
Overall series: Colts
Last regular-season meeting:
Colts won 26-18 on Dec. 11 in Jacksonville.
Injury report: Colts Out,
K Adam Vinatieri (groin), Colts Kicker
Adam Vinatieri was inactive with a groin injury. Martin
Gramatica was signed on Sunday to serve as his replacement. Gramatica hit all three of
his extra point attempts
S Bob Sanders (knee),
WR Brandon Stokley (ankle), DT Corey Simon (knee), DE Josh
Thomas (hip), TE Ben Hartsock (hamstring); questionable,
OT Ryan Diem (hamstring), RB DeDe Dorsey (ankle), DE Dwight
Freeney (buttock), CB Kelvin Hayden (groin), LB Freddie
Keiaho (knee), G Ryan Lilja (knee), DT Montae Reagor
(knee), DT Darrell Reid (elbow), G Jake Scott (knee),
CB Tim Jennings (knee); probable,
LB Gary Brackett (calf), RB Ran Carthon (finger), LB Gilbert
Gardner (hand), DE Ryan LaCasse (foot), QB Jim Sorgi
(shoulder), TE Bryan Fletcher (knee), CB Nick Harper
(ankle), TE Ben Utecht (concussion). Jaguars Out,
LB Patrick Thomas (ankle); doubtful,
DE Marcellus Wiley (groin), RB Derrick Wimbush (knee); questionable,
S Donovin Darius (back), WR Matt Jones (groin), TE Marcedes
Lewis (ankle), CB Rashean Mathis (knee), G Chris Naeole
(knee), WR Chad Owens (ribs), LB Mike Peterson (knee),
S Gerald Sensabaugh (ankle), DE Paul Spicer (groin), DT Marcus
Peyton Manning needs
one more touchdown pass for 250 in his career.
return was the first for Indy since he last did it September 2001
against the New York Jets
Cornerback Nick Harper
left the game with a strained groin
Matt Jones failed to
catch a pass for the Jaguars, but did play
Guard Chris Naeole
also was injured in the fourth quarter when Leftwich ran into him.
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