Week 4 Suck Fest: Jaguars And Colts Spend Five Quarters Trying Not To Win
There's nothing quite like having to watch a 13-13 NFL game go to overtime, and thanks to the overall suckitude of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts, we were treated to such a gem in Week 4. It was a real pleasure to watch.
Both the Jags and the Colts have struggled this season, and the Colts were without Andrew Luck due to a shoulder injury that he suffered in Week 3 against the Titans. So it was of no shock to anyone that the game played out the way it did. The real surprise was the fact that Luck's replacement, 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck, actually replicated Luck's production over the first three games; which means it's hard to imagine that even with Luck in the game that it would have gone very much better.
Hasselbeck was 30/47 or 282 yards and 1 TD for a passer rating of 87.4. Luck has posted ratings of 63.6, 52.8 and 82.6 this season. I had no idea that Hasselbeck was still in the NFL, but he certainly made a case for himself as the best backup quarterback to come into a game so far in a season that has already seen way too many backups having to start.
Yet despite the fact that old man Hasselbeck delivered a respectable performance for the Colts, they couldn't manage to breaking their 13-point tie with the Jaguars; a team that lost 51-17 to the Patriots last week. If you watched the game, it honestly looked like each team was daring each other to win it, which becomes all the more disturbing when you take into account the fact that they are divisional rivals who were both vying for the early top-seed in the AFC South.
The Jaguars had their chance to seal the deal with 0:44 left in the fourth quarter. Kicker Jason Myers lined up for a 53-yard attempt that he completely shanked, but Chuck Pagano had already called the time out in an attempt to ice him. On his second attempt, he failed again.
That brought the game to overtime where each team's first possession resulted in a punt. The Jaguars once again had a shot a field goal, this time from 48 yards, but Myers missed again. Finally Adam Vinatieri squeaked in a 27-yarder for the Colts with 4:41 left in the overtime period to win the game for the Colts, 17-13.
The Colts are now 2-2 and have a chance to notch another win in Week 5 at home against the Texans before they travel to Gillette to play the Patriots.
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