The Indianapolis Colts defense held their ground on Thursday night , as they played the role of safety net against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Colts improved to 14-0, defeating the Jaguars 36-31, in a high scoring game that all but ends Jacksonvilleâ€™s playoff hopes. In a game where Jacksonville held the ball for eleven more minutes and also doubled Indianapolisâ€™ yards on the ground, the Colts still found a way to win. A 65 yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne, with 5:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, proved to be the deciding score in a victory for the colts.
All stats from Thursday nightâ€™s game pointed to a Jacksonville Jaguars win, but great stats companied with a good effort were still not enough for the Jags to overcome the Colts. Â The Colts proved they can continue to win games in any fashion, whether it be through the air and in the passing attack, or if they have to rely on the playmaking abilities of their defense. Â Indianapolis is battle tested and has the makeup of a championship team as they continue in to the playoffs.
The Jaguars got the ball back with more than two minutes remaining on the clock and were down by five points, 31-36, but a turnover sealed their fate. David Garrardâ€™s first interception of the night proved to be costly one, as his 3rdÂ down pass attempt was intercepted by Colts cornerback Jacob Lacey. With only one timeout left, the Jaguars were only able to stop the clock once, enabling the Colts to run outÂ the clock.
In a game where there were nine lead changes, both teams were in peak position to win in the fourth quarter. The experience of the Colts and the play of Peyton Manning were the driving forces behind Indianapolis improving to 14-0. The Jaguars dropped to 7-7.
The Colts continue on their quest for perfection, as they will play host to the (7-7) New York Jets next week.