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Anatomy of the Drives: Jaguars Edition

Posted Dec 30, 2013

Each week Colts.com will take a look at the Colts touchdown drives. For this week, here’s a look at the three offensive touchdown drives in the Colts 30-10 win over the Jaguars.



Donald Brown’s one-yard touchdown run

The scene:
Tied at 0, the Colts took over at the Jaguars 42-yard line with 13:53 to go in the first quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
8 plays, for 42 yards in 3:08.

Key play:
It’s no secret that the Colts have been looking to get T.Y. Hilton involved in games earlier and earlier the past few weeks. That was once again the case on the Colts opening drive with Hilton catching three balls for 26 yards. The highlight was a third-and-seven conversion thanks to Hilton’s eight-yard reception. Hilton settled into a Jaguars zone just beyond the first down marker that looked similar to something Colts fans are used to seeing from Reggie Wayne. It’s plays like these by Hilton, not necessarily the massive chunk ones we are used to seeing from No. 13, that show a more complete receiver and one that will obviously be counted on in January.

The score:
A seven-yard completion to Hilton followed the third-down conversion and set the Colts up with a second-and-goal from the one-yard line. Andrew Luck stayed in his hurry up mode bringing the offensive line in a tight formation, with small splits, in an effort to catch the Jaguars off guard. From there, it was all Donald Brown leaping over the congested pile and into the end zone to cap off the opening drive touchdown.

Trent Richardson’s two-yard touchdown run

The scene:
Leading 7-0, the Colts took over at the their own 46-yard line with 9:50 to go in the first quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
7 plays, for 54 yards in 2:20.

Key play:
Thanks to a three-and-out forced by the Colts defense, the offense took over with prime field position. Completions of 25 and 18 yards to the Colts tight ends set up a first-and-goal scenario. First, it was Coby Fleener running down the seem for a 25-yard reception in front of a closing Jaguars safety in Josh Evans. On the next play, Weslye Saunders lined up in the slot (opposite slot from where Fleener lined up on the previous play) and got free again in the seem. Saunders 18-yard reception set the Colts up with a first-and-goal at the Jaguars six-yard line.

The score:
Chuck Pagano made the decision to go for it on fourth-and-two with the Colts leading 7-0 midway through the opening quarter. It was the power run nature that has been looking to be established which would push the Colts into the end zone on this drive. Tackle eligible Xavier Nixon came into the game at left tight end (short side of the field). Defensive end Ricardo Mathews also came into the game at fullback and provided a nice kick out block for Trent Richardson. Thanks to a seal block by Nixon to the inside and a pulling Hugh Thornton, Richardson had to avoid just one tackler to get into the end zone. Richardson slid to the left to side step Jaguars leading tackler Paul Posluszny and score his first rushing touchdown since facing the Jaguars back on Sept. 29.

Griff Whalen’s nine-yard touchdown catch

The scene:
Leading 20-3, the Colts took over at the their own 20-yard line to start the third quarter.

The anatomy of the drive:
7 plays, for 80 yards in 4:21.

Key play:
The chunk plays by T.Y. Hilton haven’t been as frequent in recent weeks but the second-year receiver showcased that elite speed on this scoring drive. With the Colts facing a third-and-four at their own 26-yard line, Hilton lined up in the right slot across from Jaguars cornerback Will Blackmon. It looked as if Blackmon was expecting some bracket coverage from Posluszny but the Jaguars leading tackler did not take a proper angle on the Hilton slant. Luck found Hilton in stride and the electric receiver did the rest in recording a 41-yard reception.

The score:
After another 19-yard underneath route to Hilton, the Colts had first-and-goal from the Jaguars seven-yard line. This time it was Griff Whalen in the right slot with Hilton lined up on the outside. On the snap, Whalen appeared to be running an out route before pivoting and re-directing towards the middle of the field. In doing so, Whalen got Jaguars cornerback Mike Harris off balance and that was enough to create separation for Luck to find his college teammate for the Colts final touchdown of the regular season.


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