In an exciting finish to an otherwise dull game the Jaguars beat the rebuilding Colts on a big play by wide receiver Cecil Shorts, catching a ball and taking it 80 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 45 seconds remaining on the clock. The Colts had pulled ahead on a big catch and run by Donald Brown a mere minute beforehand, ending with an Adam Vinatieri field goal. On a day with some very limited offense, the electrifying finish to the game more than doubled Blaine Gabbert’s passing day.
The victory was the fist win of the season for the struggling Jags and is due almost entirely to Maurice Jones-Drew. MJD had a whopping 177 yards on the ground and another two catches for 16 yards. Pocket Hercules looked like the rushing champion from last year and more than doubled his season production from the first two games with the 177 yards on the day. The defense failed to slow down the Colts and without the stellar play from Jones-Drew the Jaguars would never have had a chance in this game.
Andrew Luck had chance to win it with one final drive, but his offense stalled just outside the redzone. Needing a touchdown to pull ahead, he couldn’t complete two straight passes after a huge gain from TY Hilton to get into scoring position. It’s a tough loss for an offense that looked great behind Luck. Luck finished with 313 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick. The only similarities he and Gabbert shared was the low completion percentage: 48% for Luck and 48% for Gabbert. Gabbert had a terrible game, gaining the majority of his yards on the 80 yard catch from Shorts to win it. Gabbert went 10/21 for 155 yards and the lone touchdown. His most valuable assest for the team was his ability to hand the ball off to Jones-Drew.
With the victory the Jags are now 1-2 and 1-1 in the division. The Colts drop to 1-2 and are now 0-1 in the division. It’s time to celebrate if you’re a Jaguars fan! What a finish!
– Luke N. Sims
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