Late Field Goal Dooms Colts
QB Peyton Manning (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)
QB Peyton Manning (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)
Editor, ColtPower.com
Posted Oct 3, 2010


Despite another clutch performance from QB Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts couldn't hold on to a late tie Sunday, as Josh Scobee made a 59-yard field goal as time expired to down the Colts, 31-28.

The loss dropped Indianapolis to 2-2 on the young season, and the Colts are now 0-2 in the AFC South for the first time in the history of the division.

The two teams seemed destined for overtime after Peyton Manning engineered two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to tie the game at 21-21 and then 28-28. The last drive, which was capped by a one-yard TD pass to Austin Collie — the fourth-straight game the second-year receiver has scored — and came with just 52 seconds left.

But the Jaguars had one bullet left in their gun in the form of Scobee. First, though, they got a slight assist from the Colts. After a draw play to Maurice Jones-Drew on first down, the Colts oddly used a timeout to stop the clock with 36 seconds left. The Jags then threw incomplete on second down, but on third down, David Garrard connected with Tiquan Underwood for a first down, then found Underwood again on the next play. Underwood was able to get out of bounds in Colts territory at the 41 and 14 seconds left.

The Colts loaded up to stop the Jaguars on the next play, and a poorly-thrown Garrard pass ended up in the hands of Indy's Kelvin Hayden. But Hayden couldn't hang on to the interception, and the Jags were able to line up for a field goal try with five seconds left. Scobee did the rest, putting the kick straight down the middle. It was the second game-winning field goal for Scobee vs. the Colts in the last three seasons.

The loss ended a frustrating day for the Colts, who punted only twice but saw two drives end with turnovers in the end zone. The team also gave up 174 yards rushing and allowed Garrard a QB rating of 127.7.

Manning connected on 33-of-46 passes for 352 yards, but also threw his first interception of the season. Dallas Clark and Collie caught the touchdown passes.

Joseph Addai rushed 16 times for 63 yards and scored twice. Reggie Wayne had a career-high 15 receptions for 196 yards, but also lost a costly fumble in the fourth quarter.

Gary Brackett led the defense with eight tackles, and Clint Session, Fili Moala, Jerraud Powers and Philip Wheeler all had four tackles.

The Colts host Kansas City next week.


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