The Colts are in the driver's seat for the AFC South title after winning Sunday's showdown with the Jaguars in Indianapolis. The win improves Indianapolis to 10-2 on the season, with a perfect 4-0 mark in the AFC South. Jacksonville falls to 8-4 overall and 2-3 in the division.
The Colts never trailed Sunday, but needed some late-game heroics to seal the crucial division win.
After Jacksonville kicker Josh Scobee converted a 47-yard field goal with 11:41 to play to cut the Colts' lead to 21-17, Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning showed his mettle, leading the Colts down the field on a drive that clinched the win, and in the process, likely the AFC South division title.
TE Dallas Clark catches a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning.
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On the next play, Manning hooked up with his other tight end, Ben Utecht, over the middle for a completion. Utecht broke a pair of tackles before being brought down at the Jacksonville 14-yard line.
After a pair of short runs by Addai and a Jacksonville penalty, Manning flipped a shovel pass to fullback Luke Lawton, who has been on and off the Colts' active roster all season, for a one-yard touchdown. Adam Vinatieri's extra point gave the Colts a 28-17 lead with 8:26 to play.
The Jaguars were able to score and convert a two-point conversion with 2:53 left to play, but the Colts were able to run out the clock to secure the crucial division win.
Manning finished the game with 288 yards passing, completing 20-of-29 attempts for 288 yards. In addition to his shovel pass to Lawton, he also found Clark for two scores, and competed a beautiful, 48-yard toss to Reggie Wayne for another score to stake the Colts a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
The Colts survived an inspired effort from Jacksonville QB David Garrard, who continued to confirm his status as one of the league's rising stars. The Jaguar QB completed 24-of-29 passes for 257 yards in the game. Garrard hooked up on touchdown throws to Marcedes Lewis and Dennis Northcutt.