INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - As dramatic as last weeks win over Minnesota was for the Colts, the 22-17 loss to Jacksonville was equally as stunning.
It wasn't Maurice Jones-Drew who ran for 177 yards that finished off the home team, it was the Jaguars woeful passing game that came alive when they needed it most.
An 80-yard Blaine Gabbert to Cecil Shorts scoring strike with less than a minute left providing the winning points.
"It was just a tough play, everyone was out there fighting, a guy got loose, the quarterback was able to see him in the seam with enough time and completed the pass and the receiver did all the work. Just a tough play. We were out there fighting. Sometimes things happen," said Jerry Hughes, filling in for the injured Dwight Freeney.
Cornerback Jerraud Powers was just as frustrated.
"The game isn't over until the clock says zero, another lesson learned, but the guys fought hard. They made a couple of big plays, we can limit those, but it was a game we let slip away."
As good as the win felt last week, this one felt equally as difficult for the Colts veterans, including kicker Adam Vinatieri, who thought he won the game with a 37-yard field goal just under a minute left on the clock.
"Yeah, divisional game, home game, all that stuff, you want to win those games. It's a tough loss for us right now."
Reggie Wayne, who led the Colts with eight catches has been here before. "I've been on both sides of that coin. You've got to play until the game is over. You can never get too high, never get too low on a certain play, but take your hats off to them, they didn't pack it in, just like we didn't. Just got to find a way to finish that."
Andrew Luck again showed brilliant flashes, but also made some key mistakes.
"Big finger needs to be pointed at me, and I'm sure everybody feels like they have something to clean up, but it's not the end of the world, I think there are things that can be fixed. We'll get back to work this week and try and fix them and get ready for the next game."
As tough as this defeat was, the Colts may have lost Austin Collie for some time. He'll be re-evaluated later with a knee injury, some things the Colts will have to deal with during the bye week.