INDIANAPOLIS—The Jaguars threw a shutout at Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts for three quarters, then Edgerrin James took over. The Colts rallied for a 10-3 win at the RCA Dome on Sunday, leaving them atop the AFC South at 2-0 and the Jaguars a game behind at 1-1.
Indianapolis began its game-winning drive at its 12-yard line early in the fourth quarter and it wasn't Manning's right arm that carried them down the field, but James' legs. James pounded away at the Jaguars defensive front, which began to show signs of fatigue. On third-and-three at the Jaguars 28, Manning threw complete to Reggie Wayne and the Colts were in business at the Jaguars 17-yard line.
On third-and-one at the eight-yard line, James carried to the five. Then, on third-and-goal from the six-yard line, Ran Carthon carried over right tackle for the go-ahead touchdown. James rushed eight times for 63 yards in the drive, which left the Colts with a 7-3 lead with 8:27 to play in the game. The drive covered 88 yards in 17 plays.
After having been in control of the game for three quarters, the wheels came off for the Jaguars on their next possession, which left Chris Hanson to punt from his end zone and Leftwich to limp from the field. Leftwich had been sacked from behind by Raheem Brock, who went low on Leftwich, buckling his legs.
Mike Vanderjagt booted a 41-yard field goal with 1:50 to play to give the Colts a one-touchdown cushion and forcing the Jaguars to score a touchdown to send the game into overtime.
Leftwich limped back onto the field with the ball at the Jaguars 28-yard line. He found Matt Jones for nine yards, then the Colts jumped offside, giving the Jaguars a first down at their 42.
Following a sack, Leftwich faced third-and-18 at his 38. In the face of a furious rush from Dwight Freeney, Leftwich completed a 24-yard heave to Jimmy Smith at the Colts 42. The clock, however, was melting away with only 25 seconds to play and the Jaguars out of times out. Delay of game set the Jaguars back five yards and Leftwich faced third-and-15 with 20 seconds to play.
Ernest Wilford made a leaping catch at the Colts 22 and, after a spike, the Jaguars were left with one play to tie the game. Leftwich's pass in the end zone for Smith was incomplete. There was no flag on the play, though it appeared Smith was tripped.
The Jaguars drew first blood, but it wasn't until midway through the third quarter of Sunday's AFC South showdown against the Colts at the RCA Dome.
Rookie running back Alvin Pearman triggered the scoring drive after he returned a low punt 24 yards to the Colts 33-yard line with 10:39 to play in the third quarter. Pearman had replaced rookie Chad Owens for the final punt-return of the first half. Owens fumbled two punts in the first half.
On third-and-three at the 26, Leftwich threw complete to Reggie Williams at the 18-yard line. After the drive stalled on a third-and-two incompletion, Josh Scobee booted a 28-yard field with 6:59 to play in the third quarter and the Jaguars had a 3-0 lead.
A 41-yard pass from Leftwich to tight end Brian Jones significantly changed field position with four minutes to play in the third quarter. The Jaguars were at their three-yard line when Leftwich found Jones wide open over the middle. Leftwich hit Jimmy Smith with a pass over the middle that would've converted on third down, but Smith dropped the ball.
The first half was played to a scoreless tie, as the Jaguars failed to convert a couple of scoring opportunities and the Colts failed to convert one.
Midway through the second quarter, Leftwich completed a 21-yard pass to Jimmy Smith at the Colts 36-yard line, but Leftwich was sacked on the next play and Leftwich had his arm hit from behind by Freeney on the two subsequent plays.
Freeney took over the game in the second quarter. Tackles Ephraim Salaam and Mike Pearson were equally ineffective against Freeney, the Colts' star pass-rusher.
Late in the first quarter, the Jaguars crossed into Colts territory on a 27-yard run by Greg Jones and Leftwich completed an 11-yard pass to Fred Taylor on second down. On third-and-14 at the Colts 32-yard line, Leftwich threw over the middle to Reggie Williams, short of a first down at the 24. That left Scobee to attempt a 42-yard field goal, which he missed wide to the left with 40 seconds to play in the first quarter.
Jaguars middle linebacker Mike Peterson killed the Colts' opening drive when, on a third-and-nine from the Jaguars 21-yard line, Peterson intercepted a Manning pass that overshot its mark in the middle of the field. Peterson made a diving catch and returned the ball to the Jaguars 20-yard line.
Manning was having one of the worst days of his career when the third quarter ended. He had completed just eight of 23 passes for 77 yards, one interception and a 26.9 passer rating. He did not complete a pass in the third quarter.
Safety Donovin Darius sustained a left knee sprain on a punt-return play in the second quarter and did not return.