INDIANAPOLIS - For a second consecutive week, the Colts let the sunshine in.
That is literal, of course, since the roof at Lucas Oil Stadium was open as sunny skies and fall-like temperatures dominated downtown Indianapolis.
But it wasn't just the climate that appeared to bring a sunny perspective to another sold out crowd. The real prospect of a victory in a rebuilding season was enough to bring a renewed sense of optimism.
Instead it brough more bizarre happenings in the final two minutes which for a second straight week kept fans on the edge of their seats.
Only this time the Colts were on the wrong end of the drama, falling to the Jaguars 22-17 Sunday afternoon.
The Jaguars used Maurice Jones-Drew ability to run on the opening drive as he rushed for 28 yards on five carries. Josh Scobee ended the drive with a 44-yard field goal to give the Jaguars a three-point lead. Andrew Luck helped the Colts respond quickly, with Luck getting the team down field in six plays and scoring on a 40-yard pass to T.Y. Hilton to make it 7-3 Colts.
Luck was again effective in the two-minute drive as he helped the offense on a 14-play, 83-yard drive late in the first half. He completed it for a score when he hit Mewelde Moore on a four-yard pass to make it 14-3 at the half.
Jones-Drew put the Jaguars back into it in the third quarter, gashing the Colts defense for a 59-yard touchdown run to make it 14-10.
More bad news came from the Colts when Austin Collie was again carted off with an injury after playing in the first game of the season. Unlike before it was not a concussion that sidelined Collie but rather a right knee injury, which resulted in the receiver being carted off and knocked out of the game.
Soon after Luck tossed his first interception of the game into the hands of Paul Posluszny which resulted in a 47-yard field goal by Scobee to pull the Jaguars to within one. Thanks to more strong running by Jones-Drew, the Jaguars got Scobee in position for the go-ahead 26-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
Indianapolis had a chance to grab the lead back after a mid-fourth quarter drive but failed to get points when Adam Vinatieri missed a 36-yard field goal. On their following offensive position, the Colts could only muster a first down before having to punt it away with 2:01 left.
After a defensive stop, the Colts got the ball back again at their own 33 yard line with 1:33 remaining but this time they got down the field. Donald Brown's 39-yard reception put the Colts in position for Vinatieri who hit a 37-yard field goal to grab the lead at 17-16 with 56 seconds to go.
But Gabbert finally came through with a big play, finding Shorts open over the middle with the receiver racing by the Colts defense for the touchdown. A two-point try was no good so Jacksonville's lead stood at 22-17.
The Colts made their way again down the field, getting a 36-yard completion from Luck to Hilton to get down to the Jacksonville 26. But two incompletions followed, including one to Reggie Wayne in the endzone as time expired to seal the loss.