1. The first three minutes. We knew the Jaguars defense was ready to play early in Indianapolis. Andrew Luck had the Colts at their own 47 on the opening drive when Chris Clemons whipped the left tackle and sacked Luck stripping the ball away which was recovered by rookie linebacker Telvin Smith. We knew the offense wasn't ready when Blake Bortles first pass of the game was intercepted and returned to the Jaguars 22 yard line less than :40 later. We knew again that the defense was ready when Clemons sacked Luck AGAIN for a 9 yard loss and the Colts No.1 ranked offense settled for a FG.
2. The defense does it again in the 1st quarter. The Jaguars offense managed 23 yards on its' second drive of the game…20 on a QB read option by Bortles. Thankfully the defense was still ready to go. The Colts faced 3rd& 8 at their 31 when rookie defensive end Chris Smith chased Luck down for a sack and what looked like a loss of 19…if Luck had held onto the ball. Instead he inexplicably tossed the ball to Sen'Derrick Marks who recovered the fumble at the Colts 12 yard line. The offense managed just 2 yards but was able to tie the score on a Josh Scobee field goal.
3. Goal line stand at the end of the 1st half. The defense played their best half of the season, forcing 5 fumbles and sacking Luck 5 times. They more than made up for an offense that couldn't find any kind of rhythm. They kept the game in hand at the end of the half when the Colts put together their first sustained drive. Luck began at his own 46 which is never good for a defense but the Jags forced him into 3rd & 14…when he found TY Hilton for 26. Luck maneuvered the Colts into 1st & goal at the 7 but pressure again from Clemons on 2nd& goal from the 2 forced an errant throw and a nice play by linebacker JT Thomas on a goal line throw to tight end Jack Doyle forced a field goal and a 6-3 halftime lead.
4. The first series of the 3rd quarter. The Jaguars had to feel fortunate to be in the game despite only 104 yards of offense in the first half. The defense was playing well enough that if they could just move the ball, they didn't have to make big plays, they could do something about the scoreboard. Unfortunately it unraveled on the first series of the 3rdwhen Bortles screen pass to Marcedes Lewis was blown up for a 5 yard loss then the rookie quarterback dropped the ball in the pocket to lose 6 more. Before you knew it they were punting from the goal line and Josh Cribbs was running it back to their 38. Another short field for Luck and this time he took them into the end zone for a 13-3 lead.
5. TY Hilton comes up BIG. The Jaguars next offensive series was every bit as frustrating. They lost 2 on 1st down, gained 3 on 2nd down and threw incomplete on 3rd. Anger's punt was then dropped by Cribbs but picked up and returned 75 yards for a touchdown. Luckily for the Jaguars that return was nullified by a penalty and so the Colts took over at their own 15 yard line. On the 2ndplay of the drive Luck let it fly to TY Hilton who got behind the corner and raced 73 yards untouched into the end zone for a commanding 20-3 lead.