The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

September 24, 2012

Missed opportunities plague Colts


Missed opportunities. That's what plagued the Indianapolis Colts all afternoon Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Indianapolis went into the locker room at halftime with a 14-3 lead over AFC rival Jacksonville. The Colts were holding onto a 14-13 advantage after three quarters. But in the end, it was the plays that the Colts didn't make en route to a 22-17 home field loss to the Jaguars.
Usually dependable placekicker Adam Vinatieri was wide left on a 36-yard field goal attempt with 4:45 remaining in the game and Indianapolis trailing 16-14. After an exchange of offensive possessions, he wound up by squeezing a 37-yarder inside the left upright to put Indianapolis on top 17-16 with 1:01 left.
Still not good enough. On Jacksonville's very first play on its next possession, with a first-and-10 at its own 20-yard line, Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert found second-year wide receiver Cecil Shorts on a crossing pattern over middle and the former Mount Union College track standout sprinted 80 yards for the eventual winning touchdown.
The Colts had one final drive to try and pull out the win. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck directed the offense on a six-play drive that started on the Indianapolis 38-yard line and wound up at the Jaguars' 26 six plays later. Two final desperation passes, both intended for veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne, fell incomplete as time expired.
As Colts coach Chuck Pagano said afterward, the loss -- in a game that Indianapolis had been the pre-game favorite over the previously 0-2 Jaguars -- was a gut-wrencher.
Indianapolis committed 11 penalties (nine in the second half) for 106 yards and turned the football over once when Luck was intercepted by Jacksonville middle linebacker Paul Posluszny. The Jaguars were penalized six times for 67 yards and did not commit any turnovers.
Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew and placekicker Josh Scobee, both long-time thorns in the sides of the Colts, came up big once again.

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