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Colts beat Jaguars easily, head to playoffs on a high note

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It’s been an up-and-down season in Indianapolis, but the Colts ended the year on an upswing.

Today’s dominating 30-10 win over the Jaguars sends the Colts into the playoffs on a three-game winning streak, with all three of those wins being one-sided affairs. Indianapolis has to feel good about its chances as it heads to the playoffs.

It was never close against the Jaguars. Donald Brown scored a one-yard touchdown at the end of the Colts’ first drive, Trent Richardson scored a two-yard touchdown at the end of the Colts’ second drive, and Adam Vinatieri kicked a 23-yard field goal at the end of the Colts’ third drive. It was 17-0 before the first quarter was over, and the Colts coasted the rest of the way.

In the fourth quarter, they pulled Andrew Luck and gave veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck some work, and the later portions of the game were noteworthy mostly because kicker Adam Vinatieri became the seventh player in NFL history with 2,000 career points.

The Colts’ defense played well, particularly Robert Mathis, who took the league lead in sacks and jumped ahead of St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn, who will now try to take the lead back from Mathis in the Rams’ game against the Seahawks. Mathis is a strong candidate for the Defensive Player of the Year award.

And the Colts are a strong team heading into the postseason. They’re not the favorites to come out of the AFC, but they’re going to be a tough team to beat.

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13 Responses to “Colts beat Jaguars easily, head to playoffs on a high note”
  1. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 29, 2013 3:49 PM

    The 3 AM tweet from Irsay is going to be glorious.

  2. taintedlombardis says: Dec 29, 2013 3:52 PM

    Lol the Jaguars lol

  3. indywilson40 says: Dec 29, 2013 3:53 PM

    Go Coats!!!!! Super Bow !!!!!!

  4. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Dec 29, 2013 3:55 PM

    Colts will win the Superbowl. Calling it early

  5. searchingwithmygoodeyeclosed says: Dec 29, 2013 3:55 PM

    No running game-one and done.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 29, 2013 4:02 PM

    Never too late for Chad Henne to pad his stats against replacement players in a blowout, though.

  7. cmgww says: Dec 29, 2013 4:02 PM

    With all the injuries and tougher schedule (out of conference anyway)…11-5 and rolling into the playoffs is fine by me. The Colts will be a tough out in the playoffs.

  8. bobman2 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:18 PM

    The DPOY race should be interesting. I am biased but think Mathis deserves it as the only decent player on their front line (Quinn in STL has a phenomenal D alongside and behind him). Plus the Colts won their division. Who else is in the running; Sherman? Burfict? Patterson in ARI? Keuchly… that 24 tackle/one INT performance last week may have pushed him high up the list.

  9. 1bigtex says: Dec 29, 2013 4:23 PM

    So how long before we get the eight thousandth post from logicalvoicesays explaining how RG3-13 is better than Andrew Luck? And what are the odds that Washington can get a bucket of warm spit in trade for Cousins, much less a first round draft choice?

  10. brooklyn40niner says: Dec 29, 2013 4:31 PM

    Colts are gonna be one & done. FACT!

  11. rubenxx7 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:40 PM

    one and done in the playoffs. just like the good ole days wirh peyton. no run game equals loss.

  12. realfootballfan says: Dec 29, 2013 5:15 PM

    Along with the Bengals, one of the teams I wouldn’t want to see in the playoffs. They don’t turn the ball over, and they have a magician at QB.

  13. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Dec 30, 2013 10:12 AM

    I wonder what all the ‘experts’ that said the Colts were dead without Manning and would face a long rebuild are feeling now.

    #BelieveInBlue

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