JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are in unfamiliar territory. They're 0-2 in the AFC South for the first time in nine years, the latest loss courtesy of Jacksonville place-kicker Josh Scobee.
Scobee's 59-yarder on the final play gave the Jaguars a 31-28 victory over the Colts on Sunday and provided coach Jack Del Rio's team a huge boost after consecutive lopsided losses. It also left defending division champion Indianapolis in chase mode.
"It's not what we want to be, it's not what we set out to be, but it's what we are," Manning said. "We have to find a way to dig ourselves out of a hole. We are in a hole. We are behind in the division and lost two division games. It's certainly disappointing, and on the road, too. You have to be able win on the road."
The Colts (2-2) also dropped their season opener at Houston. Defense was to blame in that one. Turnovers were the culprit against Jacksonville (2-2).
Manning threw for 352 yards and two touchdowns, but tight end Brody Eldridge and receiver Reggie Wayne dropped the ball -- literally.
Eldridge dropped a pass near the goal line in the third quarter. Anthony Smith made a shoelace grab and returned the ball near midfield. David Garrard found Marcedes Lewis over the middle for a 15-yard TD pass a few plays later, putting Jacksonville ahead 21-14.
Wayne, who finished with a career-high 15 receptions for 196 yards, fumbled inside the 10-yard line on the ensuing drive.
"Those were big," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said. "We had an opportunity to score down there and came away with nothing. That certainly put us in a tough situation, but it wasn't something that was insurmountable."
Not with Manning, who was 33 of 46 passing and tied the game at 28 with 48 seconds left.
Manning hooked up with Dallas Clark on a fourth-and-10 play, then found Wayne streaking down the sideline for 42 yards. Moments later and a few inches shy of the goal line, Manning hit Austin Collie with a 1-yard pass and the extra point tied it.
Jacksonville appeared content to run out the clock and go to overtime, but when the Colts called timeout, the Jaguars took some shots through the air.
"If they wanted to try to milk the clock in that situation, we certainly weren't going to allow it because we had enough timeouts to make them punt it to us," Caldwell said. "That was the idea."
Garrard, booed last week and benched the week before, found Tiquan Underwood for 22 yards and put Jacksonville in range for a long field goal.
Underwood was even more clutch on the next play. Under heavy pressure, Garrard floated a ball to the far sideline. Kelvin Hayden broke on it and had nothing but green grass in front of him, but Underwood swatted the pass away at the last second.
Del Rio then sent Scobee on for the eighth-longest field goal in NFL history and the longest in franchise history. It may have been the biggest, too.
Scobee drilled it. He ripped off his helmet and started running the other way. He dodged teammates all over the field. They finally caught up with him near the sideline, setting off a raucous celebration the Jaguars desperately needed after losses to San Diego and Philadelphia.
Jacksonville revamped its offensive attack this week, using a lot of short drops against Indianapolis, getting the ball out quickly and not even trying to throw deep. Jacksonville also used offensive tackle Jordan Black as a tight end, having him chip on defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
Garrard, who threw five interceptions and was sacked nine times the previous two games, rarely got touched and didn't get sacked for the first time this season. He completed 17 of 22 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a 25-yard score in the first quarter.
Maurice Jones-Drew kept the Colts off balance with 105 yards rushing and a touchdown. He also had a TD reception. Those were his first scores of the season, ending a rare dry spell.
Even more unusual is Indy's position in the division.
"We're up and down and we have to stop that," Clark said. "We have to be a more consistent team. ... Everyone has to take it upon themselves to improve that. We can't look good one week and come back and look mediocre."
Ind--Addai 2 run (Vinatieri kick), 8:37.
Jac--Garrard 25 run (Scobee kick), 3:30.
Jac--Jones-Drew 1 run (Scobee kick), 13:40.
Ind--Clark 7 pass from Manning (Vinatieri kick), 7:41.
Jac--Lewis 15 pass from Garrard (Scobee kick), 4:37.
Ind--Addai 2 run (Vinatieri kick), 7:35.
Jac--Jones-Drew 8 pass from Garrard (Scobee kick), 2:09.
Ind--Collie 1 pass from Manning (Vinatieri kick), :48.
Jac--FG Scobee 59, :00.
|Total Net Yards||406||337|
|Time of Possession||30:14||29:46|
RUSHING--Indianapolis, Addai 16-63, Manning 1-(minus 1), Hart 2-(minus 4). Jacksonville, Jones-Drew 26-105, Garrard 5-44, Thomas 1-19, Jennings 3-6.
PASSING--Indianapolis, Manning 33-46-1-352. Jacksonville, Garrard 17-22-0-163.
RECEIVING--Indianapolis, Wayne 15-196, Clark 7-68, Collie 5-39, Addai 3-19, White 2-20, Eldridge 1-10. Jacksonville, Thomas 5-68, Underwood 3-41, Lewis 2-22, Jones-Drew 2-16, Jennings 2-9, G.Jones 2-4, Osgood 1-3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS--None.