By Simon Evans
JACKSONVILLE (Reuters) - Jacksonville's Josh Scobee nailed a last-second 59-yard field goal that earned the Jaguars a shock 31-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a wild AFC South division matchup.
The Colts looked to have done enough to take the game into overtime when Austin Collie scored on a one-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to tie the game at 28-28 with less than a minute remaining.
But Manning, who threw for 352 yards and two touchdowns, was left dejected as he watched Scobee's kick just make it over to the delight of the 61,000 in attendance at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.
Scobee ripped off his helmet and sprinted around the field while much-criticized quarterback David Garrard and the rest of the team chased after him.
"I have never been that excited after a kick in my life. I was told it cleared by three yards but I don't care if it was one inch, I am happy with it," Scobee told reporters about the kick that was four yards off the NFL record.
"That is the third time I have hit one over fifty to beat the Colts and each one gets more and more fun," he said, referring to his winning kicks in 2004 and 2008.
The Jaguars entered the game as heavy underdogs after dropping their prior two games by a combined score of 66-16 but history indicated this could be a different story.
The divisional rivalry between the two teams has produced a number of classics in the past with five of the last six games being decided by three points or less.
There is now nothing to separate them in the standings with both the Jaguars and Colts sitting at 2-2 and trailing the 3-1 Houston Texans in their division.
Amidst the celebration there was relief for Jacksonville's defensive back David Jones, who dropped what could have been a game-clinching interception before the Colts leveled.
"Let's just say I tasted the ball it was close," he said. "In a big game you have to make that play, so no excuses. If I make that play we are not even in that situation at the end of the game."
But as vital as that error was, it was just one of several thrills and spills in a game which offered a clash in style between the running game of the Jaguars and Manning's passing.
Colts receiver Reggie Wayne caught a franchise record 15 passes for a career-high 196 yards but it was mistakes from the receivers which cost Indianapolis.
With the score tied at 14-14 in the third quarter, Brody Eldridge dropped a Manning pass near the goal line and Anthony Smith grabbed the loose ball and galloped near midfield.
The Jaguars scored from the resulting possession, with David Garrard finding Marcedes Lewis for a 15-yard touchdown to put the home side up 21-14.
"We had them down in the red zone where we could get points, so those are tough. They certainly put us in a tough situation," he said.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)