Jaguars get by with lots of legwork
INDIANAPOLIS - Josh Scobee proved Jacksonville's traditional formula still works.
After wearing out the Indianapolis defense on the ground, Scobee saved the game - and perhaps the Jaguars' season - by making a 51-yard field goal with four seconds left to give Jacksonville a 23-21 victory, its first in Indy since 2004.
It didn't look like Jacksonville (1-2) would need Scobee's boot after consuming more than 12 minutes on a marathon drive to open the fourth quarter capped by Scobee's 21-yarder for a 20-14 lead with 2:33 left.
Peyton Manning nearly pulled off his second improbable comeback in two weeks. He needed just 1:26 to take the Colts 77 yards before giving the ball to Joseph Addai for a 2-yard TD run with 1:07 to go.
David Garrard followed that with his best impersonation of Manning.
He repeatedly slithered his way through Indy's pass rush to buy time, find open receivers, and lay the ball in perfectly. He was helped by an 11-yard pass interference penalty on linebacker Freddy Keiaho when a fourth-and-1 pass fell incomplete with 25 seconds to go.
Garrard took advantage of the second chance with three more completions to set up Scobee's winner.
"That thing was drilled," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "It would have been good from 65 yards."
Jacksonville was on the verge of falling to 0-3 for the first time since 2003 and dropping two games behind the five-time AFC South champs.
Instead, they got even with Indianapolis (1-2) and earned the first chip in the tiebreaker format with a victory at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Colts still have not won in four tries, two of them exhibition games.
Maurice Jones-Drew (121 yards) and Fred Taylor (107) each topped the century mark as the Jaguars piled up 236 rushing yards and held the ball for more than 41 minutes. Jacksonville actually had as many rushes (48) as the Colts had offensive plays.