Wayne Sets Franchise Mark in Loss
A CAREER DAY
Reggie Wayne had a career day on Sunday in Jacksonville.
But for the 10th-year veteran wide receiver, it wasn't enough.
"I would have much rather have had five catches for 90 yards with a 'W', than what I had today," Wayne said in the locker room after the game. "That's the ultimate goal, to win."
Wayne set a franchise record with 15 catches and had a career-best 196 yards in a losing effort at Jacksonville Sunday afternoon, as the Jaguars took a 31-28 last-second victory on a 59-yard Josh Scobee field goal for their fifth win ever over the Colts.
Wayne's previous marks were 12 catches and 184 yards.
"Obviously, he is a great player for one thing," Peyton Manning said. "They were giving some looks to throw it to him. (Jacksonville) was playing some off coverage and those were good looks to throw the ball to him."
Manning and Wayne also moved up in the record books, as the duo surpassed the former Buffalo pair of Jim Kelly and Andre Reed (9,538) for second all-time in passing yardage between a quarterback and receiver combination with 9,703.
The Manning-Wayne duo already ranks second in NFL history in completions with 701 and tied for fifth in touchdown connections with 63. Manning and former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison lead each category. Wayne collected his 700th career reception late in the second quarter, becoming the 31st player in the NFL to reach that mark. Wayne now has 709 career receptions for 9,849 yards and 65 touchdowns.
PRECISION UNDER FIRE
Manning and the Colts offense led two fourth-quarter drives under must-score conditions Sunday against the Jaguars.
They came up big each time, totaling 19 plays, 161 yards and two touchdowns.
Trailing 21-14 with 11:50 remaining, Indianapolis started on its own four-yard line and proceeded to go 96 yards in 11 plays to tie the game, 21-21.
Manning hit Wayne for a 21-yard gain on first down to get things moving.
"(Wayne) made some big catches for us," Manning said. "A huge one coming out of our own end zone, backed up as well."
One play later, it was Manning to Wayne again, this time for 13 yards to get the Colts out to the 38. Then Manning found Austin Collie, who had five catches for 39 yards on the day, for 12 yards. And after Manning hit Dallas Clark for 15 yards, Indianapolis was at the Jacksonville 35.
Two more passes to Wayne—a 17-yarder and 12-yarder—and the Colts were 1st-and-goal at the Jaguars' six-yard line.
After an incomplete pass to Blair White, Manning called for two straight running plays from back Joseph Addai. On third-and two, Addai punched it in for the touchdown, slicing through the middle of the Jaguars' defense for his second rushing touchdown of the game.
The Colts faced only one third down on the drive.
Jacksonville answered back, and with 2:09 remaining in the contest, down 28-21, Indianapolis' offense again went to work, this time traveling 65 yards in eight plays.
After three straight incomplete passes, facing a 4th-and-10 and with the game on the line, Manning found Clark over the middle for 16 yards and a first down.
On the next play, Wayne slipped behind the Jaguars' defense for a 42-yard gain to the seven-yard line.
Two plays later, Manning hit Collie for a touchdown—his fourth consecutive game with a touchdown reception—to even up the game, 28-28.
"Collie made a nice play down there on about the half-yard line," Manning said. "We kind of figured they were not going to give the easy run look so they blitzed and we had a good play."
-Manning and Dallas Clark moved into second place all-time, trailing only Drew Bledsoe and Ben Coates, for touchdowns between a quarterback and tight end with 44.
-Manning and Jeff Saturday set an NFL record with most consecutive games between a quarterback and center (158), breaking the previous record held by Jim Kelly and Kent Hull (157).
-Manning passed John Elway (51,475) for third-most career passing yards, as his 352-yard passing performance gave him 51,493 yards for his career. Manning now trails Brett Farve (69,926) and Dan Marino (61,361).
-Wayne recorded his 12th career 10 -reception game and 32nd career 100 -yard game.
-Addai recorded his seventh career multiple rushing touchdown game, scoring two against the Jaguars.
-Indianapolis converted 7-of-10 third downs on offense.
-Linebacker Gary Brackett led the Colts' defense with eight tackles on the day, including one for a loss.
-Punter Pat McAfee averaged 55 yards per punt, including a career-best 66-yard punt.