Vinatieri's early field goal puts Colts up 3-0
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Adam Vinatieri connected on a 31-yard field goal and the Indianapolis Colts led the Jacksonville Jaguars 3-0 at the end of the first quarter Thursday night.
Colts rookie Andrew Luck was 6 for 8 for 46 yards and completed an 18-yard strike to Reggie Wayne to help set up the score.
The Jaguars went three-and-out on their first two drives of the game, before using a few long passes and a scramble by Blaine Gabbert to get inside the Colts 30.
The drive stalled, though, and kicker Josh Scobee missed a 44-yard field goal attempt wide right. It would have given him a franchise-record 21 straight makes.
Jacksonville appeared to intercept Luck on the first play of the ensuing Colts series, but the interception was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty on defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.
Indianapolis was without six starters, including both starting cornerbacks, two offensive linemen, their starting tight end and All-Pro defensive end Robert Mathis.
Still, they entered the night riding a three-game winning streak, including close wins in consecutive games engineered by the rookie Luck.
It was the sixth game the Colts played without coach Chuck Pagano, whose leukemia diagnosis in October has definitely inspired his team.
Playing in his first prime time game, Luck was one the most recent players to shave his head in his coach's honor, joining more than three dozen others.
The Jaguars came into the matchup hoping to continue their three-game win streak in the series.
Jacksonville had the advantage of home teams boasting a 6-2 mark in Thursday night games this season, after going 7-2 in those prime time games in 2011.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said before the game that fact hasn't been lost on him.
"We had some discussion about that this week. We're looking at that,'' he said. "One of the things I want to try and do is get the analysis on how teams are performing outside of the Thursday games. We've got to be careful of making decisions quick without the data. We've got to analyze that.''
Home teams are 29-14 all-time.
"Yes, but that's not what I'm interested in,'' Goodell said. "What I'm saying is how are they doing outside of that? In other words, those teams may have a higher percentage of winning anyhow. So, you just have to look at that.''
It was the Jaguars annual "Salute to Service'' Military Appreciation Game.
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