The Indianapolis Colts lost 13-19 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The loss gives the Colts the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and both teams have major rebuilding questions to grapple with in the offseason.
The Indianapolis Colts tried to make it three wins in a row, an outcome that once seemed improbably given their 0-13 start to the season. Ultimately, they lost by a score of 19-13 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The loss gives Indy a 2-14 record to end their season as well as the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew ran his to way to the NFL rushing title with 169 rushing yards. It was the best single-game total for Jones-Drew this season. He also broke Fred Taylor's franchise record for rushing yards in a single season. Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert completed 11 of 19 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky threw for 264 yards, one touchdown and two costly interceptions. Austin Collie caught nine passes for 96 yards and the Colts' only touchdown of the game. Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Mathis picked up a sack, his third consecutive game with a sack. That gives Mathis a total of 9.5 sacks for the season. Dwight Freeney also registered a sack.
The Colts have big decisions to make during the offseason, namely whether or not to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. If they do, the front office will have to figure out a solution with Peyton Manning, who is due a $28 million option bonus on March 8, 2012. The Colts will also be wrestling with a decision to keep or to fire incumbent head coach Jim Caldwell after a disappointing season.
Rebuilding is the name of the game in Jacksonville too. Purchased earlier in the season by auto parts magnate Shahid Khan, the team fired its head coach, Jack Del Rio, in November.