Jacksonville Sports Day

NFL: Jaguars Rally Past Colts 27-20

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (SportsDay) — The Indianapolis Colts (0-1) fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0), 27-20, in both clubs 2020 season opener Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.

“I’m just super grateful. My mindset today was just to play one play at a time. I have got an offensive coordinator that is calling good plays, receivers that caught the ball, an offensive line that is giving me time, and a running game that really got us ahead of the chains,” said Jacksonville starting QB Gardner Minshew III. “I’m just trying to do my job one play at a time, and I’m very grateful for the opportunities and the people around me.”

Minshew played turnover-free ball and threw three touchdowns. He finished 19 of 20 for 173 yards. Minshew had just one incompletion.

Jacksonville cornerback C.J. Henderson intercepted QB Philip Rivers (36 of 46, 363 yards, TD), had five tackles and added three passes defended, including a fourth-down target to veteran wideout T.Y. Hilton in the red zone on the Colts’ final play.

“I lost the game. Two drops. Never should’ve happened,” said Hilton. “It’s just one game. We came out strong, we came out firm. It’s just the tide turned and I lost the game.”

Jaguars’ running back James Robinson became the first undrafted rookie running back to start the season opener in the last 30 years. Leonard Fournette’s replacement finished with 90 total yards on 17 touches.

The visitors held a 445-241 edge in total yards.

Colts head coach Frank Reich confirmed that starting running back Marlon Mack suffered an Achilles injury Sunday. Mack will undergo further testing to determine the severity of the injury.

The fourth-year veteran out of USF, who is coming off his first-career 1,000-yard rushing season, was off to a solid start in Sunday’s contest in Jacksonville, with four rushing attempts for 26 yards (6.5 avg.) and three receptions for 30 yards, when he went down grabbing his foot in the second quarter as he tried to haul in another pass from Rivers.

“I really believe that this team will get better as we get going,” said Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone.

The Jaguars head to Tennessee next week.

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