The Jacksonville Jaguars ended the 2011 NFL season and began the new year on a high note, beating the Indianapolis Colts 19-13. It was a pretty straight forward game plan for the Jaguars offense, hand the ball to Maurice Jones-Drew who historically has great games against the Colts. Once again, Jones-Drew had a great day running for 169 yards on 25 carriers, locking up the NFL's rushing title for 2011 and setting a franchise record for rushing yards in a season with 1,606 yards.
Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert was off and on, ending the day with just 92 yards on 19 pass attempts, but the game plan was clearly for the Jaguars to run the football, running the ball 32 times on the day. Gabber did pick up a 23-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chastin West. It was a nice anticipation throw on the pattern with West holding on and breaking a tackle to get into the endzone.
The Jaguars defense once again gave up under 300 total yards to their opponent, despite missing a ton of starters. Defensive end Jeremy Mincey saved his best day for the last day, causing trouble for Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky all day long and ending the game with 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Another good day by the defense allowed them to finish sixth overall on the season, the only team ranking in the top seven with a losing record.
The team was able to send Wayne and Delores Weaver out on a victory as the franchise begins to transition to new ownership and a new coaching staff.