A game punctuated by several bizarre, game-changing ST plays was sealed, appropriately enough, by Tyjuan Hagler returning the Jags on-side kick for a touchdown. Peyton Manning was sharp going 29 for 39 for 229 yards and 2 TDs and Donald Brown put up what is likely the best performance of his career to date with 129 yards on 14 carries with 2 40+ yard runs and a TD in addition to some good blitz pick-up. Austin Collie’s return started strong with 8 receptions for 87 yards and 2 TDs, but sadly was short lived as another concussion ended his day, likely his season and could mean the end of his career.
Defensively the Jags were held to 67 yards on 22 carries, but had some success passing. 24 for 38, 294 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT for Garrard. STs were a major problem for the Colts for most of the game. The Jags returned a punt for a TD after returner Mike Thomas made a signal resembling a fair catch, then shot up the sideline against a confused Colts D. The Jags regularly got good field position off kickoffs and punts and Hagler’s return was the only productive one for the Colts.
The win gives the Colts control of the AFC South. They are tied with the Jags in overall, head to head and divisional record with the edge in common games. Wins at Oakland and back at home against the Titans week 17 would guarantee the Colts the division.