|After watching his winning kick clear, the Jaguars’ Josh Scobee was walking — and running — on air. (John Raoux/Associated Press)|
Jaguars’ rut a distant memory
Scobee’s 59-yard FG provides season-turning win over Colts
Coming off consecutive lopsided losses, the Jaguars talked all week about needing a spark.
Josh Scobee provided it.
Scobee’s 59-yard field goal on the final play gave host Jacksonville a 31-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts yesterday. Scobee watched his kick clear the crossbar, then ripped off his helmet and started running toward the opposite end zone. His teammates finally caught up with him near the sideline, setting off a raucous celebration for a team desperate for a victory against its biggest rival.
“I don’t know what I was thinking,’’ Scobee said. “I think I blacked out for about 10 seconds. It was incredible.’’
It was the eighth-longest field goal in NFL history and the longest in franchise history. It may have been the biggest, too.
The Jaguars (2-2) rebounded from back-to-back 25-point losses — the worst consecutive setbacks in team history — and handed the six-time defending AFC South champion Colts (2-2) their second division loss.
Peyton Manning was solid as usual, throwing for 352 yards and two touchdowns, but his receivers let the team down in this one.
Tight end Brody Eldridge dropped a pass near the goal line in the third quarter and safety Anthony Smith returned the interception to midfield. David Garrard found Marcedes Lewis over the middle for a 15-yard TD pass a few plays later, putting Jacksonville ahead, 21-14.
Reggie Wayne, who finished with a career-high 15 receptions for 196 yards, fumbled inside the 10-yard line on the ensuing drive.
Those turnovers were the difference, even though Manning tied the game at 28-28 with 48 seconds remaining. He hooked up with Dallas Clark on a fourth-and-10 play, then found Wayne streaking down the sideline for 42 yards. Inches from the goal line, Manning hit Austin Collie for a 1-yard pass, and the extra point tied it up.
The Jaguars appeared content to run out the clock and go to overtime, but when the Colts called time out, coach Jack Del Rio changed his mind and took some shots through the air. Garrard found Tiquan Underwood for a 22-yard gain that put Jacksonville in range for a long field goal.
The Bengals (2-2) had their eight-game winning streak in the AFC North snapped despite a big day by Terrell Owens, who caught 10 passes for 222 yards, which moved him into second on the NFL career list in receiving yards with 15,325. Owens also passed Isaac Bruce for fifth in career receptions with 1,030.
With Cincinnati driving for a possible go-ahead TD, Browns linebacker Matt Roth sacked Carson Palmer and forced Bengals coach Marvin Lewis to call for a punt with roughly five minutes left. Cleveland took over at its 11 with 4:41 remaining and ran out the clock by giving the ball to Hillis.
Palmer finished 25 of 36 for 371 yards and two TDs, including a career-best 78-yarder in the second quarter to Owens that tied the game at 10-10.
The Broncos (2-2) clinched the win when wind shortened the kickoff after Buckhalter’s TD. The Titans (2-2) let the ball bounce, and rookie Marc Mariani, who already had a 98-yard return for a TD, muffed a jumping catch as he got hit. Denver recovered and Matt Prater kicked his fourth field goal.
The Falcons (3-1) got a big break on the go-ahead drive — which started from their 8 — when receiver Roddy White forced the 49ers’ Nate Clements to fumble away an interception. Clements picked off a pass at midfield, but White chased him down the left sideline and knocked the ball out as he tackled the cornerback from behind at the Atlanta 7. Falcons guard Harvey Dahl recovered, and Matt Ryan started the drive anew with 1:22 to play.
Antonio Gates became the seventh tight end in NFL history with 500 catches, including scoring receptions of 33 and 26 yards from Philip Rivers (15 of 20, 241 yards). Gates had seven catches for 144 yards. Rookie running back Ryan Mathews scored his first NFL TD on a 15-yard run late in the third quarter for a 38-7 lead, and fullback Mike Tolbert ran 16 times for 100 yards — his first 100-yard game in three seasons — and one score.
Brees was 33 of 48 for 275 yards. Carolina rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen completed 11 of 20 passes for 146 yards, highlighted by his 55-yard scoring strike to Jonathan Stewart. DeAngelo Williams’s 39-yard TD run gave Carolina (0-4) a 14-10 lead in the third quarter before Carney made his last two field goals.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 181 yards with three TDs but also threw a pair of interceptions for the Packers (3-1), who were coming off a sloppy loss at Chicago last Monday. After Hanson’s fourth field goal, Rodgers was intercepted on the next play from scrimmage. The Lions (0-4) drove to the Green Bay 37, but the defense forced a punt and the Packers ran out the clock.
Despite entering the game as the league’s leading rusher, Foster was held out until midway through the second quarter in what the Texans said was a “coach’s decision.’’ Foster took over the game in the second half. On the second play from scrimmage, he burst through a big hole and raced to the long TD, and Matt Schaub’s TD pass to Foster on the first play of the fourth quarter gave Houston a 31-14 lead. Foster finished with 131 yards on 16 carries and added 56 yards receiving.