1. We hated Jaguars coach Gus Bradley calling for a run on third-and-11 in overtime to set up a long field-goal attempt by Jason Myers. The rookie kicker had just missed two chances to win the game at the end of regulation from 53 yards, and he missed from 48 yards in overtime. Colts coach Chuck Pagano is very lucky his team is 2-2. And very lucky that his attempt to “ice” the kicker on a badly missed try late in regulation didn’t come back to haunt him.
2. Matt Hasselbeck deserves plenty of credit for his 282-yard, one-touchdown performance. The Colts had roughly six-to-seven drops, and untimely penalties short-circuited a game plan built around short passing. But Hasselbeck mostly looked like his younger self, making smart decisions and throwing an occasional improvisational gem. The 40-year-old just bought himself another year or two in the league.
3. Blake Bortles took 50 attempts to throw for 298 yards and helped the Jaguars gain 431 yards as a team. Jacksonville looked like the better team, but didn’t score after halftime. Bortles played well overall, yet couldn’t get the Colts to pay for blitzing liberally late in the game. Like many Bortles games, he had five throws that made you say “wow.” He’s better this season, just not enough better.
4. Frank Gore had a very rough day for the Colts with a handful of drops and a fumble inside the 5-yard line. He made some amends with a 22-yard scamper in overtime to set up the game-winner. That gave Gore only 53 yards rushing on the day.
5. This was a crushing loss for the Jaguars. They lucked out with Hasselbeck starting, and got the ball five different times in the final eight minutes of regulation and overtime. A score on any of those drives would have likely won the game. They failed due to two missed field goals, shaky blitz recognition and uncharacteristically timid play-calling. They didn’t score after halftime. If they can’t win this particular game in Indianapolis, when could they?