Jacksonville Sports Day

NFL: Jacksonville Denies Indianapolis Playoff Spot with Season Finale Upset, 26-11

Photos by Nancy Beecher

JACKSONVILLE – The drama filled NFL season mercifully ended for Jacksonville Sunday on a winning note.

The Jaguars (3-14) won their third game of the season over AFC South rival Indianapolis, 26-11. Jacksonville drove the field on their opening possession at TIAA Bank Field and never looked back.

With a victory the Colts (9-8) would have clinched a post-season berth. But you would never know it the way they played.

Jacksonville QB Trevor Lawrence threw touchdowns passes to Marvin Jones and Laquon Treadwell. Lawrence completed 23-of-32 passes for 223 yards.

Jones caught seven passes for a team-leading 88 yards. Treadwell finished the 2021 season with 33 catches for a career-high 434 yards.

Matthew Wright kicked four field goals.

It was 26-3 going into the final five minutes of the game. Indy’s only score had come on a Michael Badgley field goal.

Indianapolis QB Carson Wentz had a rough day. Wentz was sacked six times. Five different players posted sacks for Jacksonville

He did throw a TD pass to Michael Pittman late in the fourth quarter. Wentz was picked off once by Damien Wilson. Wilson finished the game with five tackles.

Jacksonville held Colts running back Jonathan Taylor to his lowest rushing total in the last nine games (77 yards) and limited the Colts to 94 rushing yards as a team, marking the Jaguars’ eighth game this season allowing fewer than 100 rushing yards.

The Colts haven’t won in Jacksonville since the 2014 season.

It is the second time in team history the Jaguars have recorded seven straight home victories against an opponent. Jacksonville has outscored Indianapolis, 208-104, in the last seven contests at home.

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