INDIANAPOLIS -- Another day of expertly taking care of the football led to another rewarding victory for the Colts.
Indianapolis Coach Chuck Pagano said he likes his team's “mojo” for the postseason. And why not? The Colts are heading there with a second consecutive 11-5 regular-season record in hand, including a three-game winning streak and a 4-1 mark in December 2013.
“Defensively, lights out. Gaining a ton of momentum,” Pagano said about a Colts unit that has yielded just 20 points in the past three weeks.
“A ton of confidence on offense ... gelling at the right time,” Pagano added about a squad that has rolled up lofty numbers recently by consistently using an uptempo style.
Offensively, there is another huge factor working in the Colts' favor. In this season of giving, the Colts aren't in a mood for giving away the football -- and they haven't been for most of the season. Without a turnover on Sunday, it represented their second straight week of spotless play and left them with a league-low 14 giveaways this season -- the fewest in franchise history.
The previous team record for fewest turnovers was 17 in 2004 and 2008. The Colts are 6-1 this season when they don't make a turnover.
Luck's play has been solid all year, but his performance over the three-game winning streak has been outstanding. He has completed 71-of-106 passes for 703 yards and four touchdowns over that span. He's thrown just one interception.
“I think there's a bit of a rhythm we've found,” Luck said Sunday.
“We know how dynamic he is,” Luck said about Hilton. “And we talk a lot about what a playmaker he is.”
FIRST QUARTER (10:45 remaining)
The Colts' defense set up the team's first score. Linebacker
FIRST QUARTER (7:30 remaining)
Luck connected on four passes for 52 yards, pushing the Colts downfield. Tight end
FIRST QUARTER (1:22 remaining)
A 37-yard pass completion, Luck to Hilton, provided the big gain on this drive. But the Colts' push stalled at the 4-yard line. Vinatieri hit a 23-yard field goal to extend the home team's lead. Colts 17, Jaguars 0.
SECOND QUARTER (11:55 remaining)
Quarterback Chad Henne completed three passes for 29 yards as the Jaguars put together their first successful drive of the day. Josh Scobee connected on a 37-yard field goal. Colts 17, Jaguars 3.
SECOND QUARTER (0:00 remaining)
Vinatieri hit a 26-yard field goal as time expired in the half. The three-pointer put Vinatieri over the 2,000-point mark for his career -- the seventh NFL player to reach that milestone. Credit the Colts' defense for making this score possible.
THIRD QUARTER (10:39 remaining)
The Colts opened the second half the same way they ended the first -- by putting points on the board. This time, a seven-play, 80-yard march ended with a seven-yard TD pass from Luck to
FOURTH QUARTER (8:00 remaining)
Vinatieri kicked a 39-yard field goal following a seven-play, 43-yard drive.
FOURTH QUARTER (16 seconds remaining)
Henne passed 14 yards to Kerry Taylor for the Jaguars' only touchdown of the game. It was a nine-play, 91-yard drive. Scobee kicked the extra point. Colts 30, Jaguars 10.