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Late Defensive Letdown Dooms Colts in 22-17 Loss to Jaguars

Last week, the Colts got plenty of late game magic from rookie QB Andrew Luck and their offense in a last second win over the Vikings.

Sunday at home vs the Jaguars, Cecil Shorts III returned the favor as the Jaguars used a late 80-yard TD with less than a minute left to lead Jacksonville to a 22-17 win over the Colts.

Blanie Gabbert hooked up with Shorts when it seemed just seconds earlier, the Jags were ready to once again mourn over an 0-3 start after Adam Vinatieri made a 37-yard field goal to give the Colts a 17-16 lead.

On the very next offensive snap, Shorts got behind safety Sergio Brown, and Gabbert hit him in stride on a slant. With nobody behind him, all Shorts had to do was turn up the field and sprint toward the end zone, diving in for the score.

Luck was close to another late miracle win, as he got the Colts 48 yards in five plays to set up Vinatieri’s go-ahead field goal and led the Colts to the Jaguars 26 with 18 seconds left.

The Jags got back to the ground game in a big way, as Maurice Jones-Drew ran 28 times for 177 yards and broke the franchise’s record for rushing TDs when he scooted 59 yards on Jacksonville’s first play of the second half.

It was his first score of the season and the 63rd rushing score of his career.

The victory comes one week after Jacksonville got a franchise-low 117 total yards — and one week after Luck rallied the Colts in the final minute for his first career victory.

Luck was 22 of 46 for 313 yards with two TDs and one interception. Gabbert was 10 of 21 for 155 yards with the one TD. He completed only four passes in the second half.

The Colts and Jaguars are both 1-2 now on the season.

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