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Jaguars Vs. Colts 2012: 80-Yard Touchdown Gives Jacksonville 22-17 Win

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Sept. 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA;   Jacksonville Jaguars  running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) carries the ball during first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE
Sept. 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) carries the ball during first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE

The Jaguars made up for a 14-3 halftime deficit with a strong rally in the second half, keeping the Colts scoreless for much of the second half. However, they allowed an Adam Vinatieri 37-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining in the game, to give the Colts a 17-16 lead. An 80-yard touchdown reception by Cecil Shorts III, though, on the first play of the ensuing drive gave the Jaguars a 22-17 win.

While the Jaguars started the game with a strong opening drive, they were forced to settle for a Josh Scobee 44-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead. It was all Andrew Luck and the Colts for the remainder of the first half, though, hitting two touchdown passes to take a 14-3 lead just before halftime.

On the opening possession of the second half the Jaguars forced a punt and Maurice Jones-Drew took advantage with a 59-yard touchdown run. Strong defense continued to help Jacksonville, but the passing offense of the Jaguars struggled all game and they were forced to settle for two more Scobee field goals.

When the offense was unable to move the ball they afforded the Colts the opportunity to take the lead, but then this happened:

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While Gabbert struggled again, completing just nine passes for 75 yards on his first 20 attempts, before the 80-yard touchdown bolstered his stats, Jones-Drew picked up the slack in the victory, finishing with 177 yards rushing on 28 carries.