Bortles, Jaguars knock off Colts in London
Blake Bortles threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another, leading the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London.
It was the Jaguars' first win of the season and their second straight over Indianapolis. Jacksonville (1-3) led 23-6 heading into the fourth quarter but struggled to put away Andrew Luck and the Colts (1-3).
Luck threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including a 64-yard bomb to Phillip Dorsett that cut Jacksonville's lead to 30-27 with three minutes to play.
Luck drove the Colts near midfield with less than two minutes to play, but Jacksonville defensive back Josh Johnson broke a fourth-down pass with a diving effort to end Indianapolis' rally.
Bortles finished 19 of 33 for 207 yards with touchdown passes to Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson.
Indianapolis running back Frank Gore scored on a 3-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter to trim the Jacksonville lead to 23-13. Gore's touchdown capped a nine-play, 73-yard drive that gave the Colts life.
Using a no-huddle, up-tempo attack, Luck drove Indianapolis deep into Jacksonville territory on its next possession. The Colts capitalized on a pass interference call on Jaguars' defensive back Davon House, and Luck capped the drive with a short touchdown pass to T.Y Hilton to bring Indianapolis within three, 23-20 with seven minutes to play.
The Jaguars answered quickly, though, with Bortles connecting with Hurns on a short out rout that turned into a big play. Hurns cut back across the field and raced away from the Colts defense for a 42-yard touchdown, his first of the season.
Luck, who was sacked six times, completed 27 of 42 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
A crowd of 83,764 sang and cheered at America's brand of football, which continues to grow in popularity in England. The NFL has been considering moving a franchise to London and has pinpointed 2022 as a potential timeframe. Jacksonville is frequently mentioned as a candidate to relocate to London. Sunday's game marked the fourth straight season the Jaguars have hosted a game at Wembley Stadium. Jacksonville has agreed to play at least one home game in London through 2022.
Jacksonville held the Colts to 47 passing yards and sacked Luck three times in the first half. Yannick Ngakoue picked off Luck on a deflection and returned it to the Indianapolis 24 to set up the Jaguars touchdown. Bortles found Robinson on a 3-yard slant to give Jacksonville a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.
Bortles added to the lead with a short touchdown run, and Jason Myers hit a short field to close out the second quarter to send the Jaguars into halftime with a 17-6 advantage.
Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri booted a pair of field goals in the first half and has made 33 straight kicks, the longest active streak in the NFL.
NOTES: The NFL has been playing games at Wembley Stadium in London since 2007. The Washington Redskins will play the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 30 at Wembley Stadium. ... Jacksonville TE Julius Thomas was inactive with an elbow injury. ... Indianapolis CB Antonio Cromartie left the game late in the first half with a shoulder injury. ... Jacksonville LG Luke Joeckel left the game in the first half with a knee injury and did not return.