Jaguars sweep season series against Colts with 30-10 blowout win at EverBank Field

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars (8-4) repeated history Sunday by blowing out the Indianapolis Colts (3-9) in a 30-10 win at EverBank Field.

The team posted its second blowout win of the season against Indianapolis, sweeping the annual series for the first time since 2011. The two teams had split the season series during the last two campaigns.

While the Jaguars failed to shut out the Colts for a second time this season, the team did produce its second complete performance of the year against Indianapolis.

The offense was on point. The defense produced sacks and turnovers. The special teams unit was nearly perfect and provided a big boost on a trick play early on.

The Jaguars' passing offense bounced back from its lackadaisical performance against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12. The Jaguars picked up 330 total yards through the air against the Colts.

Quarterback Blake Bortles led six scoring drives, spreading the ball around to seven different receivers. The quarterback completed 26-of-34 passes for 309 passing yards and two touchdowns.

His top weapons in the passing game were wide receivers Dede Westbrook and Marqise Lee. Westbrook caught six passes for 78 yards and Lee produced seven catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Rookie wide receiver Keelan Cole added 49 yards and a touchdown with three catches. The score was the first touchdown of the rookie wide receiver's career.

Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette picked up 57 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. He added another 22 yards on three receptions. 

The Jaguars' offense was assisted early on by a fake punt pass from punter Brad Nortman. On the offense's first drive, Nortman connected with tight end James O'Shaughnessy for a 29-yard gain. The trick play led to the Jaguars' first scoring drive of the game.

On defense, the Jaguars continued to dominate the Colts. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was sacked four times.

Defensive end Calais Campbell set a new single-season franchise record for the Jaguars with a sack on Brissett in the first quarter. His 12.5-sack total surpassed the 12 sacks produced by Tony Brackens during the 1999 season.

Defensive tackle Malik Jackson and linebackers Paul Posluszny and Blair Brown were also able to take down Brissett, who completed just 21-of-36 passes for 174 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey picked off Brissett in the second quarter.. Free safety Tashaun Gipson intercepted the Colts quarterback in the fourth quarter.

Brissett's top options in the passing game were wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. The duo combined to produce 88 total receiving yards and a touchdown in the game.

Running backs Frank Gore and Marlon Mack combined for 107 rushing yards on 19 carries.

Jacksonville was penalized two times for 38 yards. Indianapolis was flagged four times for 42 yards.

Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo was 3-of-3 on field goal attempts against the Colts.

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GAME RECAP

The Colts started the game with the ball but couldn't move it past an initial earned first down on the opening drive. 

Following a punt for a touchback by Indianapolis, Bortles tested the Colts' inexperienced cornerbacks on back-to-back throws. Bortles completed the two passes for 26 yards.

The Jaguars eventually reached Colts territory, but a false start penalty on Lee moved Jacksonville back five yards on third-and-2. The Jaguars were unable to complete a pass for a first down on the next play.

On fourth-and-7, Nortman faked a punt and completed a pass to O'Shaughnessy. The play resulted in a 29-yard gain and moved the Jaguars into the red zone.

The Jaguars' offense took advantage of the field position, eventually capping the drive with a four-yard touchdown completion. Bortles hit Lee for the score, which set up a successful extra point attempt by kicker Josh Lambo.

The Jaguars led the Colts, 7-0, with 6:18 left in the first quarter.

The Jacksonville defense carried the momentum on the next drive. Brissett was sacked twice during the second offensive series for Indianapolis.

The second sack of the drive led to a new single-season record for the Jaguars' franchise.

Campbell clobbered Brissett behind the line of scrimmage. He has produced 12.5 sacks this season, exceeding Tony Brackens' 12-sack total in 1999.

Following another punt from Indianapolis, the Jaguars' offense continued to shine. Bortles hit several different targets to move the ball downfield. 

The Jaguars eventually put more points on the board, as Lambo nailed a 30-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10. The Jaguars were up, 10-0, with 12:43 left in the second quarter.

A big run by Mack opened up the offense for Indianapolis on the next drive. The 25-yard gain put the Colts in the red zone, offering the team opportunity to score for the first time in the game.

Kicker Adam Vinatieri eventually kicked a 27-yard field goal. The score was 10-3 with 7:02 left in the first half.

The Jaguars' offense came roaring back with a nice mix of run and pass. A 12-yard completion to Lee was aided by a horse-collar penalty on the Colts. The Jaguars were set up in the red zone in a matter of minutes.

On third-and-8 from the Indianapolis 24-yard line, Bortles hit running back T.J. Yeldon with a pass for a gain of 16 yards. Three plays later, Bortles connected with Cole for a touchdown. The score was the first touchdown of the rookie wide receiver's NFL career.

The extra point attempt failed due to a botched snap by long snapper Colin Holba. Nortman was forced to throw the ball and took a big shot from a Colts defender for his troubles.

The Jaguars led 16-3 with 1:55 left in the first half.

The Colts' offense took over on the next series, hoping to score before halftime. Using a two-minute offense, Indianapolis was able to get into Jaguars territory with a 10-yard run from Brissett.

However, when the Colts quarterback tried to move the ball downfield with a throw to end the half, Ramsey intercepted the pass intended for Hilton.

The interception was Ramsey's third of the season. That total surpassed his two-pick mark from his rookie year.

The Jaguars went into halftime with a 13-point lead.

Jacksonville kept its foot on the gas coming out of halftime. Bortles led another scoring drive, moving the Jaguars downfield in eight plays for 67 yards.

The drive culminated with a five-yard run for a touchdown by Fournette. The Jaguars then went for a two-point conversion and converted the attempt with a pass from Bortles to tight end Marcedes Lewis.

The Jaguars led 24-3 with 10:34 left in the third quarter.

The Colts showed a bit of life on the next series. On fourth-and-2 from the Jaguars' 40-yard line, Brissett hit Hilton for a 40-yard touchdown completion. Following an extra point, the Colts cut the Jaguars' lead to 14 with 6:40 left in the third quarter.

On the next series, Bortles picked up 20 yards on a run to start the drive. He then hit Cole for a 34-yard gain. The big play put the Jaguars in Colts' territory.

The drive was eventually capped by a 23-yard field goal from Lambo. The Jaguars were up, 27-10, with 34 seconds left in the third quarter.

The two teams traded punts until Gipson picked off Brissett late in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars turned the turnover into three points, as Lambo nailed a 39-yard field goal on the next drive.

The Jaguars led 30-10 with 2:53 left in the game.

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PLAYER OF THE GAME

Bortles found a way to bounce back after struggling in Week 12. The fourth-year player completed 26-of-35 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. He led six scoring drives.

PLAY OF THE GAME

On the opening drive, Nortman faked a punt on fourth-and-7 from the Jacksonville 49-yard line. He completed a pass to O'Shaughnessy for a gain of 29 yards. The completion put the Jaguars in the red zone and the offense took advantage of the favorable field position. 

Bortles eventually completed a pass to Lee for the game's opening touchdown.

STAT OF THE GAME

Ramsey picked off Brissett in the second quarter. He has now intercepted a pass against all three of the Jaguars' AFC South rivals. Three of Ramsey's five career interceptions have come against the division.

INJURY UPDATES

The Jaguars entered the game without linebacker Telvin Smith (concussion), left guard Patrick Omameh (quad), offensive tackle Josh Wells (concussion) and wide receiver Allen Hurns (ankle) due to injury.

Center Brandon Linder briefly left the game with an ankle injury but returned after a few plays. Left tackle Cam Robinson suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter but was able to return to the game.

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter. He was able to return on the next series.

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.

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