Release: Colts vs. Jaguars

Making the second of three divisional road appearances, the Indianapolis Colts, 2-1, visit the Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-2, on Sunday, October 3. Kickoff at EverBank Field is 4:05 p.m.

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INDIANAPOLISCOLTS (2-1) at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-2)

DATE: Sunday, October 3, 2010

SITE: EverBank Field

KICKOFF: 4:05 p.m. (EDT)

CAPACITY: 67,246

SURFACE:Grass

Making the second of three divisional road appearances, the Indianapolis Colts, 2-1, visit the Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-2, on Sunday, October 3. Kickoff at EverBank Field is 4:05 p.m. (EDT). CBS Sports provides the telecast, while Westwood One handles national radio coverage.

The Colts and Jaguars have waged two consecutive high-scoring battles the last two years in this venue. Indianapolis prevailed with a late defensive touchdown, 31-24, on December 18, 2008, then last year's battle on December 17 produced seven lead changes before the Colts emerged on top, 35-31. The 2009 season opener in Indianapolis was a two-point decision with the Colts winning, 14-12, and each of the past five meetings has been decided by seven points or less. Indianapolis is looking for its first divisional victory in 2010. The club dropped a 34-24 decision on September 12 at Houston. Indianapolis earned a 27-13 victory last Sunday at Denver. Jacksonville dropped a 28-3 home decision last Sunday to Philadelphia.. Indianapolis finishes its road divisional schedule at Tennessee on December 9, then hosts Jacksonville on December 19.

The Colts are owners of the NFL's best regular-season record (130-49) since the start of the 1999 season, while being the only team to earn 10 playoff appearances in the last eleven seasons, including a league-best eight consecutive post-season berths. Indianapolis has won 75 of its last 92 regular-season games. The Colts own a 100-30 record (counting the playoffs) since the start of the 2003 season and are 86-25 since 2004. From November, 2003 to December, 2009, the Colts produced a regular-season record of 81-19, tying New England (2003-09) for the NFL's best 100-game regular-season mark. Indianapolis' winning ways include a 38-11 record in AFC South play, while the club has owned or shared the lead in 113 of 139 weeks of the division's existence. The Colts won five AFC South championships from 2003-07, the best divisional-title streak in club history. The Colts were wire-to-wire divisional leaders during the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 seasons. The club's nine playoff berths in the 2000-09 decade tied the NFL record set by Dallas (9) in the 1970s. Indianapolis is the only team since 2002 Realignment to earn annual double-digit victory totals and playoff berths. From 2008-09, the Colts set an NFL record with 23 consecutive regular-season victories (21, New England, 2006-08). The streak was the sixth 10 -game regular-season winning streak in franchise history (23, 2008-09; 13, 2005; 11, 1964; 11, 1975-76; 11, 1999; 10, 2005-06), the fourth since 1999. Indianapolis extended its NFL record as the only franchise to win seven or more consecutive regular-season games in six consecutive seasons (8, 2004; 13, 2005; 9, 2006; 7 and 6, 2007; 9, 2008; 14, 2009). Additionally, the Colts posted their eighth consecutive 10 -victory season, setting the 2nd-longest such streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-98). Indianapolis earned its seventh consecutive season with 11 victories, surpassing the NFL record it had shared with Dallas (6, 1976-81). The Colts extended their league mark to seven consecutive seasons (2003-09) with 12 victories. The Colts produced 115 victories for the 2000-09 decade, surpassing the league record of 113 by San Francisco from 1990-99.

PERSONNEL REPORT: LB-Clint Session (hamstring), WR-Pierre Garcon (hamstring), WR-Anthony Gonzalez (ankle), DB-Brandon King (hamstring), DB-Bob Sanders (biceps), LB-Ramon Humber (hand-waived) were out; RB-Joseph Addai (knee), DT-Eric Foster (knee), OT-Charlie Johnson (foot) were questionable; LB-Gary Brackett (back), DB-Jerraud Powers (foot), C-Jeff Saturday (knee) were probable for the last game. Deactivated players for the last game were DT-Ricardo Mathews, OG-Jacques McClendon, Session, Garcon, King, Johnson, Gonzalez and Sanders.

TELEVISION/RADIO: CBS Sports telecasts with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts1070-The Fan/HANK-FM, 97.1 broadcasts with Bob Lamey, Will Wolford and Kevin Lee (field reporter). Westwood One broadcasts nationally with Howard David and Tony Boselli.

NEXT WEEK: Indianapolis hosts Kansas City on Sunday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT).

WWW.COLTS.COM: Please check the official website of the Indianapolis Colts for the latest in team information and merchandise.

HEAD COACHES

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*          *JIM CALDWELL was named head coach of the Colts on January 13, 2009, and this marks his ninth season with Indianapolis. Caldwell joined the club in 2002 as quarterbacks coach before adding the title of assistant head coach prior to the 2005 season. Caldwell was promoted to associate head coach with the club prior to the 2008 season. From 2002-09, Caldwell has been a part of Colts teams that produced 10-6, 12-4, 12-4, 14-2, 12-4, 13-3, 12-4 and 14-2 records. Indianapolis is the only team to earn 12 victories in seven consecutive seasons, setting the NFL's all-time standard. Indianapolis has had eight consecutive 10 -victory seasons, setting the second-longest streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-98; 7, Dallas, 1975-81), and the Colts have surpassed Dallas (1976-81) as the only franchise to earn at least eleven victories in seven consecutive seasons. The Colts also have earned an NFL-best eight consecutive playoff appearances, and Indianapolis is the only team to post double-digit victory seasons and playoff berths each season since the 2002 realignment. From 2008-09, Indianapolis set the NFL record with 23 consecutive regular-season victories (21 New England, 2006-08). Indianapolis also won 115 regular-season games from 2000-09, the most by a team in a decade in NFL history. From 2004-09, Indianapolis became the only NFL team to win at least seven consecutive games in six consecutive seasons (8, 2004; 13, 2005; 9, 2006; 7 and 6, 2007; 9, 2008; 14, 2009). In 2009, Caldwell became the 5th NFL rookie head coach to reach the Super Bowl. Caldwell joined Chuck Knox (L.A. Rams, 1973), Red Miller (Denver, 1977), Mike Martz (St. Louis, 2000) and Josh McDaniels (Denver, 2009) as the only rookie head coaches in the Super Bowl era to start 6-0. He became the fourth coach ever to start 6-0 when succeeding a head coach who won 100 games (Blanton Collier, Cleveland, 1963, succeeded Paul Brown, 111 wins; Jack Pardee, Washington, 1978, succeeded George Allen, 116 wins; Josh McDaniels, Denver, 2009, succeeded Mike Shanahan, 146 wins; Caldwell, Colts, 2009, succeeded Tony Dungy, 139 wins). Caldwell joined the Colts after serving as quarterbacks coach with Tampa Bay in 2001. Caldwell has more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience. He spent 1993-2000 as head coach at Wake Forest. He served as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois (1978-80), Northwestern (1981), Colorado (1982-84), Louisville (1985) and Penn State (1986-92). Caldwell has coached in six bowl games and won a national championship with Penn State in 1986. In addition to serving on Joe Paterno's title staff, Caldwell tutored under three other coaches who won collegiate crowns (Rey Dempsey, Southern Illinois; Bill McCartney, Colorado; Howard Schnellenberger, Louisville). Caldwell was a four-year starter at defensive back at Iowa and worked as a graduate assistant for Iowa in 1977. He holds a bachelor's degree from Iowa. Caldwell was born on January 16, 1955 in Beloit, Wis.

JACK DEL RIO became the second Jacksonville head coach on January 17, 2003. He has guided the Jaguars to 5-11, 9-7, 12-4, 8-8, 11-5, 5-11 and 7-9 finishes. Del Rio joined Jacksonville after serving 2002 as defensive coordinator at Carolina. Del Rio started his NFL career as an assistant strength coach with New Orleans in 1997 before serving 1998 as LB Coach. He was LB Coach with Baltimore 1999-01 as the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV. Del Rio had an eleven-year playing career with New Orleans (1985-86), Kansas City (1987-88), Dallas (1989-91) and Minnesota (1992-95). He played in the Pro Bowl following the 1994 season. Del Rio was a four-year starting LB at USC 1981-84, and was drafted by baseball's Toronto Blue Jays. Del Rio is a native of Castro Valley, Calif.

COLTS/JAGUARS SERIES NOTES

The Colts lead the league series, 14-4, with the rivalry standing 12-4 in Indianapolis' favor since the clubs were paired in the AFC South prior to the 2002 season. Indianapolis won two tightly-contested battles in 2009, earning a 14-12 home verdict in the opener on September 13, then capturing a 35-31 outcome on December 17 in a game that featured seven lead changes. In that second meeting, Indianapolis extended its NFL record with a 23rd consecutive regular-season victory, while also producing its league-record 115th victory of the decade (113, San Francisco, 1990-99). Indianapolis earned a 6-0 divisional record and earned the AFC's top playoff seed. QB-Peyton Manning was 23-30-308, 4 TDs/1 int. to extend his NFL record with a 10th 4,000 season. TE-Dallas Clark (41) was 7-95, 2 TDs to set the club TE record for TD receptions (40, Jim Mutscheller). WR-Reggie Wayne (9,339) was 5-132, 1 TD (65t) to surpass Raymond Berry (9,275) for 2nd-most reception yards in club history. Indianapolis won an eleventh consecutive road game, extending its club record and tying the 3rd-longest NFL streak (18, San Francisco, 1988-90; 12, New England, 2006-08; 11, LA/SD Chargers 1960-61; 11, San Francisco, 1987-88; 11, Pittsburgh, 2004-05). In the season opener, with a last-minute defensive stand near midfield, Indianapolis topped Jacksonville, 14-12. Indianapolis led most of the way in a contest whose outcome was not settled until QB-David Garrard's final attempt fell incomplete due to a fierce pass rush. Jacksonville's final possession from its 35 came after holding Indianapolis on downs seconds earlier. Manning was 28-38-301, 1 TD/int., teaming with Wayne (10-162, 1 TD) on a 35t third-quarter pass to provide a 14-6 cushion. Jacksonville tallied with eleven minutes to go, but failed on a two-point rushing attempt to tie the contest. The teams split the series in 2008. Jacksonville won in Lucas Oil Stadium on September 21, 23-21. Indianapolis prevailed at the Jaguars on December 18, 31-24. In the second 2008 meeting, erasing a 14-point deficit and two 10-point deficits with 17 fourth-quarter points, Indianapolis posted a playoff-clinching victory. DB-Keiwan Ratliff's 35t interception return with 4:48 left gave Indianapolis its only lead. Manning's outstanding performance (29-34-364, 3 TDs) helped pace the Colts. Wayne (7-108; 1 TD; 41t), Clark (8-105, 1 TD; 1t) and RB-Dominic Rhodes (6-62, 1 TD; 10t) had scoring

receptions, while the Colts defense had three sacks. Manning set a club record by completing 23 consecutive passes (including six straight from the previous week), and his total fell one shy of QB-Donovan McNabb's NFL record (Philadelphia, 2004). Jacksonville took the first meeting of 2008, 23-21 in Indianapolis. In that contest, K-Josh Scobee converted field goals of 26, 21 and 51 yards, the final one coming with :04 remaining for the win. The Jaguars controlled the ball for 41:35, including for 26 minutes of the second half. Jacksonville rushed 48-236 and totaled 403 yards. RBs-Fred Taylor (26-121) and Maurice Jones-Drew (19-107) paced the ground attack. Indianapolis had leads of 7-0, 14-10 and 21-20, with the final lead coming with 1:07 remaining on RB-Joseph Addai's (16-78, 2 TDs rushing) 2t burst. The Colts took both 2007 meetings, 28-25 in the RCA Dome on December 2, and 29-7 in Jacksonville on October 22. In that year's second meeting, the Colts jumped to 14-0 and 21-7 leads before having their margin trimmed to 21-17 in the final quarter. Manning (20-29-288, 4 TDs/1 int.) tossed his final scoring pass to RB-Luke Lawton (1t) with 8:26 left to provide the eventual winning points. Manning teamed with Wayne (8-158, 1 TD) on a 48t strike, and he hit Clark (7-60, 2 TDs; 5t, 14t) on two scoring strikes to offset a Jacksonville offense that netted 27 first downs, 411 net yards and 168 rushing yards, while controlling the ball for 35:45. Garrard hit 24 of 29 passes as the Jaguars failed to punt. In the 29-7 win in the first meeting of 2007, the Colts scored in the final minute of the first quarter and led the rest of the way. Indianapolis produced 384 net yards, including 141 yards on 33 rushes. Manning was 23-37-259, 1 TD/int., while Wayne was 9-131 and Clark was 4-66, 1 TD (35t). The Indianapolis defense surrendered 226 net yards. DE-Dwight Freeney had two sacks, two forced fumbles and a safety. Indianapolis took the first meeting in 2006, 21-14 in the RCA Dome on September 24, then dropped a 44-17 decision in Jacksonville on December 10. Indianapolis took both games in 2005, 10-3 in the RCA Dome on September 18 and 26-18 in Jacksonville on December 11. The series was split in 2003 and 2004. Indianapolis gained a 24-17 win in Jacksonville on October 3, 2004, then the Jaguars topped the Colts, 27-24, in the RCA Dome on October 24. The teams split the meetings in 2003, with each club winning at home (Colts, 23-13 in the RCA Dome on 9/21; Jacksonville, 28-23 in Alltel Stadium on 11/9). The teams met twice in 2002 as members of the new AFC South Division. Indianapolis took a 28-25 decision on September 8 at Jacksonville to open the season and a 20-13 win in the RCA Dome on December 29 to close the season. The two prior meetings came before the clubs were divisional foes. Indianapolis took a 41-31 road win on December 10, 1995, and a 43-14 MNF win in the RCA Dome on September 25, 2000.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

PEYTON MANNING vs.

JACKSONVILLE

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DATE                      *                         Att-Comp.*       Yds.                 Pct.                  TD           INT      LG           Rat.         Result

09/25/00 Home          36-   23            440        63.9            4           0        76t         143.3         W, 27-14

09/08/02 Road            31-   19            211        61.3            3           0         28         113.8         W, 28-25

12/29/02 Home          28-   20            146        71.4            1           0         17           95.2         W, 20-13

09/21/03 Home          33-   21            216        63.6            2           1         36           90.0         W, 23-13

11/09/03 Road            45-   28            347        62.2            2           2         70           82.4         L, 23-28

10/03/04 Road            29-   20            220        69.0            2           1         21           99.8         W, 24-17

10/24/04 Home          39-   27            368        69.2            3           0        39t         124.7         L, 24-27

09/18/05 Home          28-   13            122        46.4            0           1         20          44.0         W, 10- 3

12/11/05 Road            36-   24            324        66.7            2           0        65t        113.7         W, 26-18

09/24/06 Home          31-   14            219        45.2            1           0         38          79.9         W, 21-14

12/10/06 Road            50-   25            313        50.0            0           1         42          61.5         L, 17-44

10/22/07 Road            37-   23            259        62.2            1           1         35          80.8         W, 29- 7

12/02/07 Home          29-   20            288        69.0            4           1         48        126.1         W, 28-25

09/21/08 Home          29-   15            216        51.7            1           2         40          59.0         L, 21-23

12/18/08 Road            34-   29            364        85.3            3           0        41t        140.7         W, 31-24

09/13/09 Home          38-   28            301        73.7            1           1         39          94.3         W, 14-12

12/17/09 Road            30-   23            308        76.7            4           1        65t        134.4         W, 35-31 

TOTAL                     583-372          4662        63.8          34         12       76t           99.4         13-4 overall

2010 RANKINGS (denotes ranking is tied)

RANKINGS            OFFENSE                     RANKING                         DEFENSE                   RANKING

Total    Rush      Pass         CONF.       NFL              Total     Rush   Pass         CONF.         NFL

Colts                 412.7     81.3     331.3       3-15- 3     3-25- 3           377.0   141.3   235.7     13-16-10     24-28-20

Jaguars             277.7   111.7     166.0     15-11-12   30-16-27           404.3   115.3   289.0     15- 8-15     29-16-29

BEST NFL RECORDS DURING 1999-2010 REGULAR SEASONS

NFL'S BEST REGULAR SEASON RECORDS 1999-2010

Record

Team Head Coach

130-49*        COLTS          * Tony Dungy/Jim Caldwell

122-57         New England   Pete Carroll/Bill Belichick

112-66-1     Pittsburgh        Bill Cowher/Mike Tomlin

110-68-1     Philadelphia     Andy Reid

106-73         Tennessee        Jeff Fisher

105-74         Green Bay        R. Rhodes/M. Sherman/M. McCarthy

102-77         Baltimore         Brian Billick/John Harbaugh

100-79         Denver             Mike Shanahan/Josh McDaniels

96-83           NY Giants        Jim Fassel/Tom Coughlin

95-84           Minnesota        Dennis Green/Mike Tice/Brad Childress

94-85           San Diego        M. Riley/M. Schottenheimer/N. Turner

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COLTS ARE NFL'S WINNINGEST TEAM FROM 1999-2010: The Colts stand as the NFL's winningest team since the start of the 1999 season. The Colts own a 130-49 record during that span.

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