Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

COLTS 14 -- JAGUARS 12; NO OPENING MAGIC with Heavy Pressure on Garrard, Final Drive Goes Nowhere in Opening Loss

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

COLTS 14 -- JAGUARS 12; NO OPENING MAGIC with Heavy Pressure on Garrard, Final Drive Goes Nowhere in Opening Loss

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

INDIANAPOLIS - Quarterback David Garrard had one thought on his mind Sunday when the Jaguars took over on their 35-yard line with 1:59 remaining.

"I thought, 'Here we go again.' Those are the things you love. This is why you play the game,'' he said.

Trailing 14-12 against the Indianapolis Colts, the Jaguars needed about 30 yards to put Josh Scobee in position to win the game with a field goal, which he did here last year with four seconds remaining.

But this time, there was no stirring finish and Garrard couldn't duplicate the 47-yard drive he directed to set up Scobee's game-winner a year ago.

Facing a heavy pass rush, Garrard threw a 2-yard pass to Maurice Jones-Drew and three incomplete passes.

All that was left was for Peyton Manning to kneel down three times to hand the Jaguars a disheartening setback.

It was a game that illustrated that this young Jaguars team is capable of some positive things, but also exposed some weaknesses.

They held the Colts to 14 points, outrushed them 114-71, won the turnover battle and scored first.

That's usually a formula for success for the Jaguars, who were 36-8 under coach Jack Del Rio when they win the turnover battle and 34-9 when scoring first.

But they also allowed Manning to pass for 301 yards, sacked him only once, and had to settle for field goals in the second quarter when they got to the Colts 6 and 28-yard lines. And they couldn't convert a two-point conversion when they tried to run Maurice Jones-Drew out of the wildcat formation in the fourth quarter.

For a team that started four rookies, including two offensive tackles (Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton), it was a credible showing, but Del Rio said, "There's no moral victory. It wasn't good enough today. We needed to hold them to 10 points.''

The Colts didn't punt until late in the third quarter and the Jaguars couldn't stop Indy's passing game, even though receiver Anthony Gonzalez went out with a knee injury in the first half.

That left the Colts with Pierre Garcon and rookie Austin Collie as their second and third receivers behind Reggie Wayne. …

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