INDIANAPOLIS --Another day of expertly taking care of the football led to another rewarding victory for the Colts.
Andrew Luck passed for 282 yards and a touchdown, and the Indianapolis defense overpowered the Jacksonville Jaguars for most of the game as the Colts captured a 30-10 victory Sunday.
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.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton caught 11 passes for 155 yards against the Jaguars. Both numbers were career bests.
"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 Jerrell Freeman caused a fumble by Maurice Jones-Drew, which was recovered by cornerback Darius Butler at the Jacksonville 42-yard line. From there, quarterback Andrew Luck hit T.Y. Hilton with three passes for a total of 26 yards. Donald Brown leaped over from the 1-yard line for the touchdown. Adam Vinatieri added the extra point. Colts 7, Jaguars 0.
FIRST QUARTER (7:30 remaining)
Luck connected on four passes for 52 yards, pushing the Colts downfield. Tight end Coby Fleener made a nifty catch in traffic for a 25-yard gain. Eschewing a field goal, the Colts went for the TD on fourth-and-2, with Trent Richardson bolting over left tackle for the score.Colts 14, Jaguars 0.
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. Antoine Bethea intercepted a Henne pass and then ducked and weaved for a 46-yard return, positioning Indy at the Jaguars' 39-yard line with 53 seconds remaining.Colts 20, Jaguars 3.
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 Griff Whalen. Hilton provided a pair of big plays with receptions for 41 and 19 yards. Vinatieri made the extra point. Colts 27, Jaguars 3.
FOURTH QUARTER (8:00 remaining)
Vinatieri kicked a 39-yard field goal following a seven-play, 43-yard drive. Matt Hasselbeck replaced Luck at quarterback and completed 3-of-4 passes for 25 yards on the march. Colts 30, Jaguars 3.
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.