INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Byron Leftwich is getting used to these
frantic finishes. He just hopes they keeping turning out the right
On Sunday, Leftwich led the Jaguars to scoring drives on their
final three possessions, and rookie Josh Scobee joined the growing
list of Jacksonville heroes by making a season-long 53-yard field
goal with 38 seconds left to beat the Indianapolis Colts 27-24.
It was another chapter in their magical season. They have won
all five games in the game's final minute.
"We just find a way to pull it out," Leftwich said. "We
expect to win every game. That's the personality of our team."
Sunday's victory may have been the most critical.
Jacksonville (5-2) moved past the Colts and into first place in
the AFC South, snapped the Colts' four-game winning streak and won
for the first time at the RCA Dome after three losses there.
It also gave the Jaguars a split in the season series after
losing at home to the Colts three weeks ago. "We knew it was important, but we didn't want to tell all you
guys and blow it up into something bigger than it was," Leftwich
told reporters. "We knew we had to find a way to win this game."
Mission accomplished, thanks in part to the Colts' atypical
Indianapolis (4-2) looked rusty coming off a bye week,
committing a season-high 12 penalties, fumbling twice and allowing
the Jaguars to keep the ball nine minutes longer. In the third
quarter alone, Indianapolis ran just seven offensive plays.
There were other problems, too.
Five-time Pro Bowl receiver Marvin Harrison played most of the
game with an injured left shoulder, while co-MVP Peyton Manning and
wide receiver Reggie Wayne got into an uncharacteristic shouting
match just before the Colts started their final drive.
Wayne denied the confrontation, even though it was caught by
television cameras, and Manning said there was no feud.
"Reggie's one of my favorite players on the team. It was just
frustration," Manning said.
"We didn't come out sharp," coach Tony Dungy said. "We almost
doubled our penalty totals for the first five games today. We just
Jacksonville didn't have the same trouble.
Leftwich completed 23 of 30 passes for 300 yards with two
touchdowns and one interception. Fred Taylor carried 20 times for
107 yards and caught five passes for 67 yards, while Jimmy Smith
had five receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown.
And the finish followed the Jaguars' usual script.
With the score 24-24, Leftwich opened the winning drive by
hitting Taylor for 11 yards and Todd Yoder for 12, getting the
Jaguars near field goal position.
Then Leftwich used the clock to advantage, forcing the Colts to
use their timeouts. With 45 seconds left, Leftwich was sacked for
the third time, forcing Scobee to try a 53-yarder. His previous
best was 48 yards.
The ball stayed inside the right upright and barely dropped over
the crossbar as Scobee lay on the ground.
"The last couple of seconds to kick a game-winner for first
place in your division, there's no better feeling," Scobee said.
"I was just excited to be able to go out there and give my team a
chance to win."
It was that kind of day for the Colts.
Jacksonville turned Dallas Clark's fumble into a field goal
early in the fourth quarter for a 16-14 lead.
The Colts retook the lead on Mike Vanderjagt's 35-yard field
goal after a touchdown pass from Manning to Harrison was overruled
by replay because Harrison stepped out of bounds.
Leftwich then hooked up with Smith on a 25-yard TD pass with
6:41 remaining to make it 24-17, and Manning responded with a
39-yard TD pass to Harrison. Manning was 27-of-39 for 368 yards
with three touchdowns. Harrison caught five passes for 70 yards,
while Brandon Stokley had seven receptions for 112 yards.
But the Jaguars again got the final word.
"We found a way to pull it out," Leftwich said.
Vanderjagt's extra point with 9:23 left in the first
half gave him the team scoring record. He passed Dean Biasucci
(783) and now has 788 points. ... Leftwich set a club record with
15 straight completions in the first half. Mark Brunell had 11
straight completions. ... The Colts failed to go over the .500 mark
at the dome for the first time since moving to Indianapolis. They
are now 81-82 all-time. ... Smith moved past Charlie Joiner and
Michael Irvin into 13th place on the all-time receptions list. He
now has 751 catches.
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