PASSING OFFENSE: A
What else can you say? QB Peyton Manning was on fire against Jacksonville, completing 29 of 34 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns. He was not sacked nor did he throw an interception. Manning completed his first 17 passes of the night and ended the game with a quarterback passer rating of 140.7. He completed passes to five different receivers as the Colts averaged 12.6 yards per pass reception.
The Colts had four plays of 20 yards or more, five plays of 10 yards or more, and two plays of 30 yards or more. TE Dallas Clark had his second straight big game with eight receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. WR Reggie Wayne added seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. RB Dominic Rhodes had six receptions for 62 yards and a TD.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C
As productive as the passing game was, the Colts rushing offense was piddling. Rhodes had a team-high 27 yards in 14 carries. As a team, Indianapolis had 18 rushes for 32 yards. That's a 1.8-yard average per rushing attempt. The Colts failed to convert on three third-and-one situations, with the running game struggling to make positive yardage. It's a situation that needs to get a whole lot better if the Colts are to make any kind of postseason run.
PASS DEFENSE: B-MINUS
Jacksonville QB David Garrard completed 28 of 41 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown, only the sixth touchdown pass given up by the Colts this season. Indianapolis had its problems slowing Garrard for the first three quarters. The Jaguars had three pass plays 20 yards or more and seven pass plays 10 yards or better. But the pass rush came alive when it counted most as the Colts ended the night with three sacks and the pressure forced one big interception by CB Keiwan Ratliff. Ratliff returned the pick 35 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown for Indianapolis. The Colts had seven quarterback pressures and four passes broken up.
RUSH DEFENSE: C
For some reason, the Colts have a hard time coming with tackles against Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew. Indianapolis had several chances to pin Jones-Drew with losses or at the line of scrimmage, but didn't get the job done until the fourth quarter. He ended up with 91 yards on 20 carries, averaging 4.6 yards per rushing attempt. Jacksonville had 105 yards rushing as a team in 27 carries and a pair of touchdowns.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
A missed 30-yard field goal by PK Adam Vinatieri (wide left) and inconsistent kickoff coverage somewhat marred what was otherwise a pretty evening for the Colts. Vinatieri did connect on a 45-yard effort in the fourth quarter to help key the Indianapolis comeback. P Hunter Smith averaged 41 yards (42 net) on two punts and both downed inside the Jaguars' 20-yard line. RB Chad Simpson had two kickoff returns for a 14-yard average. Jacksonville, meanwhile, averaged 24.3 yards on six kickoff returns. The Colts allowed kickoff returns of 33 and 26 yards.
To go from a 3-4 start with their backs to the wall to an 11-4 record and a spot in the AFC playoffs takes a lot of doing. Tony Dungy and his coaching staff did an excellent job of keeping the focus on winning and not concerning themselves with injuries to key players. With the running game struggling, the run defense up and down and falling behind by double digits in multiple games and still finding ways to win has been somewhat impressive.