jaguars.com Senior Editor Vic Ketchman blogged the Jags-Colts game. Here's what he had to say.
On 12/11/2005 9:32 AM, Vic wrote:
(first entry of the day) Good morning. I'm getting ready to pack up my laptop and take it up to the press box, but before I do I thought I would clear up something. I think some fans have the idea the Jaguars will be wearing all black today. That's not true. The Jaguars will be in teal jerseys and black pants. I'll be back at you after I get set up in the press box.
On 12/11/2005 10:11 AM, Vic wrote:
(two hours before kickoff) Technicians are making the final preparations to pipe in crowd noise. Just kidding, folks. Seriously, everybody is checking out the middle of the field, which was re-sodded this past week. The word is Fred Taylor will play.
On 12/11/2005 11:58 AM, Vic wrote:
(one hour before kickoff) Here are today's inactives. Jags--Leftwich, Toefield,Pat Thomas, Pearson, Marcellus Wiley, Salaam, Hankton and Romberg. Colts--Von Hutchins, Kory Chapman, Cato June, Kurt Vollers, Ben Hartsock, Aaron Moorehead, Darrell Reid and Josh Williams. Gilbert Gardner will start at Will linebacker in place of June.
On 12/11/2005 12:37 PM, Vic wrote:
(half hour before kickoff) Both teams have completed their pregame routines and have returned to their locker rooms. The weather is overcast, 55 degrees, light wind. Neither rain nor sun is in the forecast; a perfect day for football.
On 12/11/2005 1:08 PM, Vic wrote:
(first quarter, 13:30, Jaguars ball) Reggie Williams made a big play to get the first down. A three-and-out there might've created a big problem.
On 12/11/2005 1:13 PM, Vic wrote:
(first quarter, 11:00, 4-1) Holding against the Colts on punt bails out Chris Hanson. His 22-yard punt was not worthy of decision to punt. The penalty moves the ball back to the Colts 11.
On 12/11/2005 1:15 PM, Vic wrote:
(first quarter, Colts ball) Jaguars are playing "cover two" defense with four defensive linemen, three linebackers, two corners and two deep safeties.
On 12/11/2005 1:17 PM, Vic wrote:
(first quarter, 8:00, Colts ball, 2-3) The Colts are running the ball at the Jaguars middle and throwing swing passes to the outside. This is a very efficient and impressive Colts-like drive.
On 12/11/2005 1:19 PM, Vic wrote:
(first quarter, 6:00, Colts ball, 2-10) Missed tackle by Kenny Wright on pass to Reggie Wayne puts the ball on the Jaguars 13-yard line.
On 12/11/2005 1:22 PM, Vic wrote:
(first quarter, 4:40, Colts touchdown) The Colts made it look easy. Manning's nine-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison was simple pitch and catch. The drive covered 89 yards in 11 plays. The Jaguars have to re-group. Whatever they did, it didn't work at any time during that drive.
On 12/11/2005 1:22 PM, Vic wrote:
(Colts 7, Jaguars 0) Manning was six-for-six for 72 yards in that touchdown drive.
On 12/11/2005 1:28 PM, Vic wrote:
(first quarter, 3:16, Jaguars ball) Jimmy Smith just went over 12,000 yards receiving in his career. He is the 13th player in NFL history to have done so.
On 12/11/2005 1:31 PM, Vic wrote:
(first quarter, 2:00, Jaguars ball, 3-7) If Matt Jones had made that catch, my guess is Jack Del Rio would've gone for the first down on fourth-and-one inside the Colts 40.
On 12/11/2005 1:33 PM, Vic wrote:
(first quarter, Colts ball) Jaguars are sticking with their "cover two." I thought they might go 3-3-5 but James' rushing in that first drive probably impacted the decision to stick with the 4-3.
On 12/11/2005 1:37 PM, Vic wrote:
(first quarter, :58, Colts ball, 3-16) Deon Grant made a great play to break up that pass for Reggie Wayne. This is a great opportunity to get some field position and even the score.
On 12/11/2005 1:43 PM, Vic wrote:
(start of second quarter, Jags ball, 1-G at nine) Field position swung dramatically in the Jaguars' favor on that punt, taking over at the Colts 26. David Garrard looks sharp. His completion to Jimmy Smith has the Jags goal to go. This is a must-score situation.
On 12/11/2005 1:48 PM, Vic wrote:
(second quarter, 14:11, Scobee 27-yard field goal) The Jaguars are on the scoreboard, but that's not what you want there. Garrard's second-down pass for Ernest Wilford was a little late; Wilford ran out of end zone. The Colts are stuffing the Jags' running game. Safety Bob Sanders is flying up in support. The Jags may have to lean harder on Garrard and the passing game. Taylor has only 10 yards rushing on seven carries. Garrard is five for nine for 53 yards.
On 12/11/2005 1:53 PM, Vic wrote:
(second quarter, 11:49, Jaguars ball at their 16) The Jaguars need a long, sustained, ball-control drive right here. Manning's play has deteriorated a little. The Jags need to take control of the game; keep it away from Manning.
On 12/11/2005 2:02 PM, Vic wrote:
(second quarter, 9:21, Colts touchdown) Wow! What a beautful play by the Colts. Rashean Mathis bit on an out move by Marvin Harrison and got beat deep by Harrison for a 65-yard touchdown. Manning put it right on the money. Where were the safeties over the top? The Jaguars are facing crunch time right now. They have to move the ball.
On 12/11/2005 2:06 PM, Vic wrote:
(second quarter, 7:21, Jaguars ball at Colts 25) The offense has come to life; big throw by Garrard, big run by Greg Jones.
On 12/11/2005 2:09 PM, Vic wrote:
(second quarter, 5:47, Kyle Brady fumble) That's a killer fumble. The Colts will attempt to kill what's left of the first-half clock.
On 12/11/2005 2:13 PM, Vic wrote:
(second quarter, 4:29, coach's challenge) I think the Jaguars may win this one. It looks like the ball may have been sliding down Harrison's belly.
On 12/11/2005 2:15 PM, Vic wrote:
(second quarter, 4:29, coach's challenge) Wrong again. The unsportsmanlike penalty really hurts.
On 12/11/2005 2:17 PM, Vic wrote:
(second quarter, 3:48, Colts ball at Jags seven) This is a meltdown; 24-yard pass and personal foul.
On 12/11/2005 2:18 PM, Vic wrote:
(second quarter, 3:17, Colts at Jags three) Another personal foul; this one against John Henderson. The Jaguars have got regain their composure. This goes beyond a slow start.
On 12/11/2005 2:22 PM, Vic wrote:
(second quarter, 2:24, fake field goal) What was Tony Dungy thinking? A field goal would've put the Colts up by two touchdowns. The Jaguars got very lucky on that drop by Justin Snow. The Jaguars are still in the game.
On 12/11/2005 2:27 PM, Vic wrote:
(second quarter, :54, Colts ball) This is a must-stop situation for the Jaguars defense. They must go into halftime trailing by no more than 14-3.
On 12/11/2005 2:31 PM, Vic wrote:
(second quarter, :05, Vanderjagt 40-yard FG) That hurts. The Jags trail, 17-3, at halftime. The Colts will be tough to catch in the second half.
On 12/11/2005 2:34 PM, Vic wrote:
(halftime analysis) Mathis is having a tough day against Harrison, who has four catches for 110 yards and two TDs. Manning missed Harrison once, too. The Jags offense has been able to move the ball, but the defense hasn't given the offense the chance to be methodical; too much desperation. The Jaguars must rededicate themselves at halftime. This is not indicative of who and what they are.
On 12/11/2005 2:43 PM, Vic wrote:
(halftime stats) Manning is 14 of 20 for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Garrard is 10 of 14 for 98 yards. Taylor has rushed eight times for 16 yards; Greg Jones is 5-29. Edgerrin James is 12 for 31.
On 12/11/2005 2:49 PM, Vic wrote:
(third quarter, 12:10, Colts ball, 4-1 at Jags 46) The height of confidence; Colts go for it and get the first down. The Jags have to get a stop or this could get ugly.
On 12/11/2005 2:54 PM, Vic wrote:
(third quarter, 8:14, 34-yard Vanderjagt FG) The Colts are a machine; 13 plays, 52 yards. Vanderjagt is money in the bank. This is a top performance by the Colts. I am impressed.
On 12/11/2005 3:09 PM, Vic wrote:
(third quarter, 3:00, Colts ball) Manning is over 300 yards. Kurt Warner is the only other quarterback to go over 300 yards passing against the Jags this year.
On 12/11/2005 3:14 PM, Vic wrote:
(third quarter, :45, Vanderjagt 38-yard FG) The drive was 13 plays, 62 yards. I don't like what I'm seeing right now.
On 12/11/2005 3:20 PM, Vic wrote:
(end of the third quarter) The Jaguars clearly appear to be stunned. I really think they believed they would win this game.
On 12/11/2005 3:37 PM, Vic wrote:
(fourth quarter fumble by Garrard at the goal line) That caps the day. The only thing left to do is finish this game without getting anyone injured.
On 12/11/2005 3:48 PM, Vic wrote:
(fourth quarter TD run by Garrard) Nice effort by Garrard. The touchdown makes the final score more respectable, but that's little consolation.
On 12/11/2005 3:57 PM, Vic wrote:
(Short touchdown catch by Jimmy Smith) Garrard takes the Jags 71 yards, then runs for the two-point conversion. Onside kick will be interesting.
On 12/11/2005 3:58 PM, Vic wrote:
(No onside kick?) Somebody help me.
On 12/11/2005 4:03 PM, Vic wrote:
(End of game) I tip my hat to the Colts. They came into a hostile environment and had it their way.