Through the first three quarters of play in this morning’s 9:30 a.m. (eastern time) AFC South match-up between Indianapolis and Jacksonville in London’s Wembley Stadium, Jacksonville held a 23-6 lead in what appeared to be a somewhat boring, low-scoring game.
But then, the fourth quarter happened.
Through the first eight minutes of the final quarter, veteran Colts quarterback Andrew Luck led his offense on two long scoring drives: a nine-play, 75-yard drive capped with a Frank Gore one-yard touchdown run, and a 12-play, 78-yard drive capped with a Luck touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton from two yards out.
And now all of a sudden we had ourselves a game. Indianapolis got within three points, 23-20, before Jacksonville extended its lead back to 10 points with a scoring drive of their own. It took just over two minutes for Jaguars up-and-coming quarterback Blake Bortles to answer with his own four-play, 75-yard drive, capped with a TD toss to receiver Allen Hurns from 42 yards out.
It quickly turned into a shootout between these two AFC South quarterbacks, with Luck tossing a long bomb of his own, a 64-yard touchdown toss to Phillip Dorsett.
With just over three minutes to spare in the game, Jacksonville was now clinging to just a 30-27 lead, and was then forced to punt the ball away to Luck’s Colts. Jacksonville’s defense managed to keep the Colts out of the end zone in the final two minutes, hanging on to the victory, giving Gus Bradley and his team their first W of the season.
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