Jaguars vs. Colts Postgame Notes

Find out some interesting notes and statistics from the Jaguars 51-16 victory over the Colts on Sunday.

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Jacksonville Jaguars (51) vs. Indianapolis Colts (16)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Jacksonville, Florida // EverBank Field


BIG GAME BORTLES: Jaguars second-year QB Blake Bortles completed 16 of 30 passes (53.3 comp. pct.) for 250 yards and three TDs for a 114.6 passer rating. For the season, Bortles has completed 288 of 501 passes (57.5 comp. pct.) for 3,524 yards, 30 TDs and 13 INTs for an 88.3 passer rating.


Bortles, who owns the team’s single season passing TDs record, joins Dan Marino (36, 1984) and Kurt Warner(34, 1999) as the only first or second-year QBs to throw for 30-plus passing TDs through 13 games in a season. Bortles (23) and Marino (22) are the only players age 23-or-younger to throw for 30-plus TDs through 13 games in a season.


Today’s game marked Bortles’ fourth career game with a passer rating of 100-plus and his fourth career game with three-plus passing TDs. Bortles is the first player in Jaguars history to throw for three-plus TDs and zero INTs in back-to-back games.


HURNS ON THE LONG HAUL: Second-year WR Allen Hurns caught three passes for 105 yards (35.0 rec. avg.), including an 80-yard TD from QB Blake Bortles in the third quarter. Hurns’ 80-yard TD reception is tied for the third-longest reception in franchise history. For the season, Hurns has 51 receptions for 863 yards (16.9 rec. avg.) and eight TDs. Hurns’ 16.9 receiving avg. in 2015 is the second-highest in a season in franchise history (Cecil Shorts III, 17.8 rec. avg., 2012) and his 15.1 career rec. avg. (102 receptions for 1,540 yards and 14 TDs) is the highest in Jaguars history.


BRANCHING OUT: Fourth-year DE Andre Branch registered 2.0 sacks, including a strip-sack on Colts QBMatt Hasselbeck. On the strip-sack, Branch recovered his own forced fumble and returned it 49 yards for a TD. The 49-yard return was the fifth-longest fumble returned for TD in Jaguars history and the longest since LB Daryl Smith returned a fumble 77 yards for a TD on Oct. 14, 2007 vs. Houston.


NOTHING BUT GREENE AHEAD: In the third quarter, Jaguars rookie WR Rashad Greene returned a punt 73 yards for a TD, increasing the Jaguars lead to 23-13. Greene’s 73-yard punt return was the longest since WR Mike Thomas returned a punt 78 yards for a TD on Dec. 18, 2010. Greene and Thomas are the only two players age 23-or-younger in franchise history to return a punt for a TD.


YELDON’S THOUSAND: Rookie RB T.J. Yeldon combined for 63 scrimmage yards (62 rushing, one receiving) on Sunday, surpassing 1,000 scrimmage yards (1,019 - 740 rushing, 279 receiving) in 2015. Yeldon is the first Jaguars rookie with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards since Maurice Jones-Drew (941 rushing, 436 receiving) totaled 1,377 scrimmage yards in 2006. Additionally, Yeldon is the first Jaguars rookie to reach 1,000 scrimmage yards in 12 or fewer games since Fred Taylor (1,348 in 12 games) in 1998.


THOMAS CATCHES TD IN FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME: TE Julius Thomas caught his fifth TD (third among Jaguars players in 2015) of the season on Sunday, taking sole possession of the most receiving TDs (29) by an NFL TE since the start of 2013. Thomas has recorded TD receptions in four straight contests, including three straight at home, the longest streak by a Jaguars TE since Marcedes Lewis (four games) from Dec. 1-22, 2013.


CYP WITH THE PICK: Third-year SS Johnathan Cyprien recorded his second career INT on Sunday (last: Dec. 1, 2013 at Cleveland). It was the first INT by a Jaguars safety since Sherrod Martin on Nov. 2, 2014 at Cincinnati. Cyprien has recorded two of the last three INTs by Jaguars safeties dating back to 2013.


MAKING A POINT: The Jaguars scored a regular-season franchise-record 51 points on Sunday, their most in a single game since a 49-11 victory vs. Oakland on Dec. 23, 2007. Jacksonville has combined for 90 points in its last two games, posting 39-plus points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2000 (48 points vs. Cleveland on Dec. 3; 44 points vs. Arizona on Dec. 10). The following lists the Jaguars’ top-four outings for points scored: W, 51-16 vs. IND on Dec. 13, 2015; W, 49-11 vs. OAK on Dec. 23, 2007; W, 48-0 vs. CLE on Dec. 3, 2000; W, 45-19 at BAL on Nov. 1, 1998). Furthermore, the Jaguars’ 35-point margin of victory was the fifth-best mark in franchise history (W, 48-0 vs. CLE on Dec. 3, 2000; W, 41-0 vs. NYJ on Oct. 8, 2008; W, 41-3 vs. SF on Sept. 12, 1999; W, 49-11 vs. OAK on Dec. 23, 2007). Each of Jacksonville’s top-five figures in margin of victory have come at home.


The Jaguars have scored at least 19 points in nine consecutive games, the club’s longest streak since Oct. 28-Dec. 30, 2007 (10 games). During that stretch, Jacksonville has tallied 264 points, averaging 29.3 points per game. On the season, the Jaguars have recorded 326 points (25.1 points per game). Sunday marked Jacksonville’s fourth 30-plus-point performance in 2015 (fifth during the Gus Bradley era, 2013-15), the club’s most such games in a single season since 2010 (five games).


SECOND-HALF SERVINGS: The Jaguars scored a franchise-record 42 points in the second half, posting 21 points in both the third and fourth quarters (third NFL team to score 21-plus points in the third and fourth quarters in a single game since at least 1970). It was the club’s most points scored in a single half since Dec. 12, 2010 vs. OAK (31 points in the second half; W, 38-31). Jacksonville’s 42 points were the most by an NFL team in a single half since Green Bay (42 points in the first half) vs. Chicago on Nov. 9, 2014 (W, 55-14). It was the most second-half points by an NFL team since New England (45 points in the second half) at Buffalo on Sept. 30, 2012 (W, 55-28).


The Jaguars, who outscored the Colts, 42-3, in the second half, now own a 177-169 advantage in the third and fourth quarters in 2015. Jacksonville has outscored opponents, 110-47 (22.0-9.4 points per game), in the second half in their last five games, posting 27-plus second-half points in each of their last two games.


Individually, QB Blake Bortles’ second-half numbers have been outstanding over the last five games. Since Week 10, Bortles has completed 63 of 101 passes (62.4%) for 735 yards, 11 TDs, one TD and a 116.5 passer rating.


SETTLING THE SCORE: Before falling to the Jaguars, 55-16, on Sunday, the Colts had won 16 consecutive games within the AFC South division (dating back to 2012), which was an NFL record and the league’s longest active streak. The victory marked Jacksonville’s first win vs. Indianapolis since Sept. 23, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium (W, 22-17). It was also the Jaguars’ first home win against the Colts since Jan. 1, 2012 (W, 19-13). The last NFL team to post 50-plus points against the Colts was the Steelers on Oct. 26, 2014 (W, 51-34). Jacksonville’s 35-point margin of victory was the highest mark against Indianapolis since New Orleans won by 55 points on Oct. 23, 2011 (W, 62-7).


EVER-WARM AT EVERBANK FIELD: Sunday’s game time temperature was announced at 79 degrees, tied for the Jaguars’ warmest December home game since at least 2001 (also Dec. 22, 2013 vs. TEN). Overall, that temperature is tied for the Jaguars’ third-warmest December game since at least 2001 (81 degrees on Dec. 3, 2006 at MIA; 80 degrees on Dec. 16, 2012 at MIA).

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