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Do not let anyone tell you differently. The Indianapolis Colts did not lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-28 on a last second field goal as widely reported. It was without a doubt a combination of circumstances, and that field goal was simply the nail in the coffin for a team who now finds itself at .500 and in the basement of the AFC South Division. Super Bowl or Super Bust? You tell me.

The inconsistency of the Colts defense continues to plague them in a manner that is hard to believe considering the unit on the field is basically the same one that excelled more often than not last season.

Both teams would move the ball with relative ease in the first half with the Colts striking first on their initial possession, an 11 play drive that ate 6:23 off the clock and concluded with a two-yard touchdown run by Joseph Addai. Not to be outdone, Jacksonville countered on their opening possession and when the Colts defense froze like a deer staring into headlights, David Garrard ran the ball around the right end from 25 yards out to tie the game. Each defense would allow an additional touchdown before halftime to head in to the locker room tied at 14.

Jacksonville would hold the Colts scoreless in the third quarter, and the fourth quarter would be one that gave those in attendance their money’s worth, as the Colts struck first by moving the ball 96 yards in 11 plays, finishing it off with Joseph Addai’s second touchdown of the day to tie the game.

The Jaguars would counter with an 8-yard touchdown reception by Maurice Jones-Drew. But Peyton Manning quickly reminded the Jacksonville defense that he had attended a few of these rodeos before by marching the Colts 65 yards down the field to connect with Austin Collie to tie the game at 28 with just 48 seconds left, and setting the stage for the Colts defense to send this one into overtime.

But Jacksonville had other ideas and after advancing the ensuing kickoff to their own 23 yard line, Garrard would find Tiquan Underwood for 22 yards and then the improbable would occur. Josh Scobee would trot on to nail a 59-yard bomb of a field goal and the Colts wandered aimlessly off the field in disbelief as time expired.

NOTES: The Colts return home to play the Kansas City Chiefs at Lucas Oil Stadium on Oct. 10. The vastly improved Chiefs are undefeated and feature a solid running attack. The game begins at 1 p.m. and can be seen  locally on WISH-TV.

Danny Bridges, who thinks it is indeed gut check time for the Indianapolis Colts, can be reached at (317) 578-1780 or at Bridgeshd@aol.com.

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