COLTS 23, JAGUARS 3
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton
Just hours after the birth of his daughter, the third-year wide receiver lit up the Jacksonville Jaguars for four catches, 122 yards and one game-breaking touchdown. His 73-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter gave Indianapolis a 20-3 lead and finally broke open a close but sloppy contest. Hilton surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the second straight season and went past the 3,000-yard mark for his career.
The Colts put up 20 points in the second half, but it took too long for the offense to wake up. Indianapolis fumbled the ball six times, lost three and was booed off the field after one particularly pungent three-and-out in the first half. Andrew Luck finished with a decent day — completing 21 of 32 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown — but saw his franchise-record streak of eight straight 300-yard passing games come to an end. The ground game managed to gobble up 175 yards in its first outing without Ahmad Bradshaw, and Boom Herron led the way with 65 yards on 12 carries.
The Colts bounced back from last week's debacle against New England by holding the Jaguars to 194 total yards and keeping them out of the end zone. Jacksonville converted on just three of 12 third-down opportunities, quarterback Blake Bortles was intercepted once and the Jaguars also lost a fumble. Denard Robinson — who came in with three 90-yard rushing efforts in his last four games — was held to just 25 yards on 14 carries. The only down side came from injuries in the defensive backfield that left Indy with just two healthy cornerbacks to end the game.
Special Teams: A
Adam Vinatieri made three more field goals to run his streak to 31 successful attempts in a row. Pat McAfee dropped two of his three punts inside the 20-yard line — pinning the Jaguars at their own 1 once with the help of rookie Loucheiz Purifoy who downed the ball. But the biggest splash almost came from new return man Josh Cribbs. In his first game with the Colts, Cribbs had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown called back by a penalty. He still managed to average 9.6 yards on five punt returns and a healthy 32 yards on two kickoff runbacks.