Defense Stout In Colts 23-3 Victory Over Jacksonville

Intro: The Colts (7-4) got back to their winning ways on Sunday afternoon with a 23-3 victory over the Jaguars (1-10) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here’s a quarter-by-quarter recap of the Colts seventh win of the year.

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First Quarter RecapThe Jaguars lost the toss and deferred to the second half.

New Colts signee Josh Cribbs got things started with a 46-yard kick return but the momentum wouldn't last. On the Colts fourth offensive play, Andrew Luck was stripped by Chris Clemons and the Jaguars recovered it at the Indy 47-yard line.

With promising field position, the Jaguars would give the football right back. Vontae Davis stepped right in front of tight end Marcedes Lewis and returned the interception 42 yards.

The Colts offense had to settle for a field goal as Adam Vinatieri connected from 46 yards out. The Colts led 3-0 with 10:32 left in the first quarter.

On Jacksonville's second drive of the game, the Jaguars were approaching midfield before things stalled out. Some nice pressure on a third-down pass from Blake Bortles fell incomplete and led to a punt.

Looking to stretch an early lead, the Colts committed a costly turnover. Andrew Luck fumbled deep in Colts territory and the Jaguars fell on the loose ball at the Indianapolis 12-yard line.

The Colts defense held though and forced a 28-yard field goal from Josh Scobee. The made field goal tied the score at three with 4:17 left in the first quarter.

More pass rush pressure from the Jaguars led to a three-and-out from the Colts offense.

An eventful first quarter ended with Andy Studebaker forcing a Denard Robinson fumble and D'Qwell Jackson recovering it at the Jaguars 41-yard line.

At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied 3-3.Second Quarter Recap

A promising drive for the Colts ended on the game's fifth turnover. Boom Herron fumbled and the Jaguars recovered it at the Colts seven-yard line.

The Jaguars took over and began to establish a ground attack after early struggles. A drive that reached Indianapolis territory ended with some nice pressure from Montori Hughes and an open field tackle on third down from Vontae Davis.

The Colts would flip field position on their next offensive series before the Jaguars pass rush once again ended things. With the ball in Jaguars territory, a strip of Andrew Luck took the Colts out of potential field goal range.

Indianapolis' defense continued to play solid though and forced another Jaguars punt.

In ending the half with one final offensive possession, the Colts had their best drive of the first two quarters. A 10-play drive though ended with another Adam Vinatieri field goal. His 20-yard make gave the Colts a 6-3 lead late in the first half.

At halftime, the Colts led the Jaguars 10-3.Third Quarter Recap

The Colts defense turned in a three-and-out to open up the second half.

With field position starting in Jaguars territory, the Colts offense stretched the lead to two scores. Thanks to a couple of key third-down conversions, Trent Richardson scored from a yard out to give the Colts a 13-3 lead with 8:31 left in the third quarter.

Another three-and-out was dialed up by the Colts defense. At this point of the game, the Colts defense had allowed just five first downs in nine drives by the Jaguars.

After some early struggles, the Colts offense woke up in a big way on this drive. Andrew Luck connected on a 73-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton. Earlier in the day, Hilton's wife gave birth to a baby girl and Hilton celebrated "by rocking the baby" to sleep with his celebration. The 73-yard reception was the longest of Hilton's career and also the longest completion for Luck. The Colts lead was now 20-3 with 6:08 left in the third quarter.

Indianapolis' defense dialed up more of what the unit had been producing all afternoon with another three-and-out.

The productive third quarter on each side of the ball ended with the Colts offense deep in Jaguars territory.

At the end of the third quarter, the Colts led the Jaguars 20-3.Fourth Quarter Recap

The Colts offense finished off that drive with Adam Vinatieri connecting on his 31st straight made field goal.

It was a difficult afternoon for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars passing game. Another drive ended with a punt as the Jaguars had just 28 passing yards early in the fourth quarter.

With the Colts lead at 23-3, the Jaguars finally put together their best drive of the afternoon but it didn't lead to any points. A fourth-down attempt at the Colts three-yard line fell incomplete.

From there, the Colts milked the clock for their seventh win of the season.

The 23-3 victory gave the Colts their 11th straight win in the AFC South.Colts Inactives

28-Greg Toler

60-Lance Louis

62-Khaled Holmes

73-Kelcy Quarles

78-Gosder Cherilus

83-Dwayne Allen

94-Zach Kerr

Colts Pre-Game Notes

-With a win tonight, the Colts would run their NFL-best streak to 11 games against the AFC South.Weather Update

-The roof is closed today with temperautres in the 50s and some rain forecasted for later this afternoon.

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