Nov 23, 2014 4:25 PM
Indianapolis overcomes miscues to beat Jags 23-3
The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) T.Y. Hilton delivered on the first promise to his first child, wrapping up his family's big day with a rockin' touchdown catch.
Just hours after Hilton's wife gave birth to a baby girl, the third-year receiver caught four passes for 122 yards and one touchdown to spur Indianapolis' second-half turnaround in a 23-3 victory over Jacksonville. He celebrated by cradling the ball like a baby.
Before leaving for Lucas Oil Stadium, Hilton promised to catch a touchdown pass for his new daughter.
But it sure wasn't easy on a day the Colts offense was mostly out of sync.
Andrew Luck was sacked a season-high five times, fumbled three times and lost two of those just in the first half. The Colts (7-4) wound up losing three of six fumbles in the game, still not enough to derail the AFC South leaders, who have won seven of nine and 11 straight against division foes.
Luck finished 21 of 32 with 253 yards and the one score, though his streak of eight consecutive 300-yard games ended one game short Drew Brees' NFL record (nine).
All Jacksonville (1-10) could muster on an even worse day was a 28-yard field goal from Josh Scobee. That capped a 2-yard drive after Luck fumbled at his own 12-yard line. Bortles was 15 of 27 for 146 yards with one interception and Jacksonville managed just 194 total yards.
But the Colts struggled mightily early with two key blockers out because of injuries, right tackle Gosder Cherilus (shoulder) and tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle).
While Luck spent most of the first half dodging the Jaguars' pass rushers, the Colts did just enough to take a 6-3 halftime lead.
After Blake Bortles was picked off by Vontae Davis, Indy settled for a 46-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri to make it 3-0. Scobee's field goal made it 3-3, and the Colts didn't score again until Luck took them on a 52-yard march that ended with Vinatieri's second field goal, a 20-yarder, with 12 seconds left in the half.
Indy righted itself quickly in the second half. Trent Richardson scored on a 1-yard run midway through the third quarter to make it 13-3. Less than two minutes later, Hilton beat Dwayne Gratz for the 73-yard catch-and-run to make it 20-3.
Vinatieri added a 32-yard field goal early in the fourth to make it 23-3, breaking a tie with Matt Stover for fifth place on the NFL's career field goal list (472).
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