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September 29, 2013

Defense comes up big again in dominant win

ANDERSON — Even Vontae Davis seemed a bit unsure how he came down with his first-quarter interception.

The play seemed to happen in an instant. Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert underthrew wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, and Davis got his hands up to tip the football. As it bounced above both players' heads, Davis created the slightest separation between himself and Shorts. Then he began to pull the ball in.

But he also had to make certain both feet were inbounds. Somehow, in the span of two-and-a-half steps, Davis managed to secure the ball and tap his feet inside the sideline.

"It happened so fast, and when I came down with it I was surprised I caught it," the cornerback later told the Indianapolis Colts website. "It was a tough pick because I seen it at the last minute. But I came down with it."

The play was the first of three interceptions against Gabbert on Sunday, and it was the first shot fired on a day when the Indianapolis defense often made the Jaguars offense appear helpless. Jacksonville's only points in a 37-3 loss came after an Andrew Luck interception gave it a short field, and the Colts' defense outscored the Jaguars when Darius Butler ran interception back for a 41-yard touchdown.

That return gave Indianapolis its first lead at 10-3, and it was Butler's third touchdown since joining the Colts early last season. He had two interceptions — returning one for a score — and a fumble recovery in a 27-10 win at Jacksonville last year.

He said EverBank field is a special place to him.

"It's like a home game for me," Butler said. "I'm only from about five-and-a-half hours away in Fort Lauderdale. A lot of family always comes out. That's how things work some times."

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