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An Injury and a Sack Clinches it for the Colts


All night long it looked as if it was going to be one of those nights for the Colts. They were getting beat at the line of scrimage, were not able to stop the Jags offense, and despite a good night from Peyton Manning, they were just a step slower than the more motivated Jaguars.

That is until the end.

The Colts finally caught the Jaguars at the 6:28 mark of the fourth quarter after an Adam Vinatieri 45-yard field goal tied the game at 24. Then less than two minutes later, Jags QB David Garrard made a game-changing mistake, throwing a pick that Keiwan Ratliff played perfectly, taking it back 35 yards for the score.

But there was still time left.

And the Jags were able to get the ball back deep in their own territory with 2:34 to go, needing to go 90 yards for the game-tying score. They were able to gain big yards in chunks, and with :48 seconds left were already down to the Colts 17.

That’s when two monster plays took place. The first would be one that actually went against the Colts, a niffty pass and catch from Garrard to Maurice Jones-Drew that gained them 10 yards. Problem with the play for the Jags was Jones was hurt on the play, and even though there was plenty of time on the clock, the injury with no timeouts caused the refs to enforce a 10 second clock runoff, taking the time from :27 seconds to :17.

Then after an incomplete pass, the Colts defense stepped up for another huge play, as Dwight Freeney ran through the Jags line, getting to Garrard who had no shot to throw, slinging him down for a 9-yard loss that put him back to the 16. The most important thing – the clock kept running, and the Jags were helpless to stop it as it hit zero before the Jags were able to run another play.

Game over.

And with it, the team is headed to the playoffs. Yes, their backs will be against the wall as the number five seed, but for a club that has come up with big plays the last eight weeks, their ability to do it again on Thursday night shows just how good this team can be in the postseason.


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2 Responses to “An Injury and a Sack Clinches it for the Colts”

  1. Rob says:

    I am trying to figure out how the colts will lose the division title if they win out and Tenn. Titans lose the rest of their games? Their records will be the same Conference and division and they will have beaten each other, head to head. Please explain that to me. Rob

  2. Rob says:

    I am trying to figure out how the colts will lose the division title if they win out and Tenn. Titans lose the rest of their games? Their records will be the same Conference and division and they will have beaten each other, head to head. Please explain that to me. Rob,
    Why in Indiana?

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