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In Indianapolis, the Colts continued to show off their new winning combination: patience and defense.
With QB Peyton Manning's wide-open passing game mostly grounded, the Colts pounded away at Jacksonville, breaking through in the final nine minutes with a six-yard touchdown run by Ran Carthon and letting their suddenly stifling defense preserve the victory.
"We need to be able to win games like this," Coach Tony Dungy said. "Good teams, if you don't win the championship, you have to win games that go any kind of way."
It wasn't pretty for the Colts (2-0), but it was effective.
Manning, the two-time MVP, was off the mark, overthrowing receivers much of the day and looking out of sync as the Jaguars pressured him.
He finished 13 of 28 for 122 yards with one interception and a quarterback rating of 44.0 -- his worst regular season rating since December 2001.
The NFL records some expected to fall this week for most yards passing and touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver tandem never materialized. Manning connected with Marvin Harrison three times for 36 yards, leaving the duo 24 yards and three touchdowns short of their claim to the league's best tandem ever.
Instead, the Colts relied on a persistent running game. Edgerrin James ran 27 times for 128 yards, and Indianapolis used a 17-play drive that consumed nearly nine minutes before Carthon's late touchdown run finally gave the Colts the lead with 8 minutes 27 seconds remaining.
Jacksonville: FG Scobee 28, 6:59.
Indianapolis: Carthon 6 run (Vanderjagt kick), 8:27.
Indianapolis: FG Vanderjagt 41, 1:50.
JaguarsColtsFirst Downs 1218Total Net Yards 303268Rushes-Yards 24-12838-146Passing 175122Punt Returns 5-462-12Kickoff Returns 3-622-51Interceptions Ret. 1-140-0Comp-Att-Int 16-29-013-28-1Sacked-Yards Lost 6-230-0Punts 7-45.67-46.1Fumbles-Lost 6-00-0Penalties-Yards 7-606-45Time Of Possession 31:2028:40 RUSHING
Jacksonville: Taylor 16-81, G.Jones 3-29, Leftwich 3-11, M.Jones 2-7.
Indianapolis: James 27-128, Rhodes 4-10, Mungro 6-5, Carthon 1-3.
Jacksonville: Leftwich 16-29-0-198.
Indianapolis: Manning 13-28-1-122.
Jacksonville: Williams 4-38, Smith 3-49, Taylor 3-18, Toefield 2-6, B.Jones 1-41, Wilford 1-25, Brady 1-12, M.Jones 1-9.
Indianapolis: James 4-39, Harrison 3-36, Wayne 3-19, Stokley 2-24, Clark 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS
Jacksonville: Scobee 42 (WL)