NFL Game Recap - Indianapolis at Jacksonville
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

HOU
20
KC
34
F
PHI
17
WAS
27
F
MIA
11
NE
21
F
GB
43
MIN
34
F
IND
20
JAX
27
F
CHI
27
DET
23
F
LV
34
CAR
30
F
NYJ
17
BUF
27
F
CLE
6
BAL
38
F
SEA
38
ATL
25
F
LAC
16
CIN
13
F
ARI
24
SF
20
F
TB
23
NO
34
F
DAL
17
LAR
20
F
PIT
26
NYG
16
F
TEN
16
DEN
14
F

Sep 13, 2020, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Indianapolis (0-1)

7

10

0

3

20

Jacksonville (1-0)

0

14

3

10

27

Minshew Mania 2.0: Jags stun Colts, Rivers 27-20 in opener
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:42 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Minshew Mania 2.0 might be better than the original.

Gardner Minshew threw three touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to Keelan Cole in the fourth quarter, and Jacksonville opened the season by stunning Indianapolis 27-20 and spoiling Philip Rivers' debut with the Colts.

Not bad for a team that was supposedly giving up on the season before it even played a down.

"We're going to do our best to make sure we're worth watching," Minshew said.

The Jaguars entered Week 1 as the NFL's biggest home underdogs, with talk of tanking being the most prevalent preseason topic surrounding the revamped team. It led to tempered expectations that may have contributed to a sparse crowd: only 14,100 of 16,800 tickets available were distributed for the league's lone game played with fans in the stands Sunday.

Minshew gave the faithful plenty to celebrate. The second-year pro completed 19 of 20 passes for 173 yards and no turnovers. He connected with DJ Chark, rookie Laviska Shenault and Cole for scores - and looked sharp all day. Minshew's only incompletion was a catchable ball early.

Jacksonville had plenty of other young guys step up, validating decisions to part ways with running back Leonard Fournette, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and safety Ronnie Harrison about two weeks before the opener.

Undrafted rookie running back James Robinson accounted for 90 yards, including 62 on the ground. He also hurdled linebacker Anthony Walker after a reception.

"I didn't think he had that in him," coach Doug Marrone said.

First-round pick CJ Henderson had an interception. Fellow first-rounder K'Lavon Chaisson would have had one, too, but it was negated by a penalty away from the play. And Shenault, a second-round selection, proved to be a versatile threat capable of creating mismatches all over the field.

Henderson's pick turned the momentum in the second quarter. He also sealed the victory by getting a hand on a fourth-down pass intended for T.Y. Hilton in the waning seconds.

"I lost the game," Hilton said. "The drops, never should have had them."

The Colts have themselves to blame other ways, too. Coach Frank Reich went for it on fourth down from the 3-yard line early and failed to get points.

"I felt like that play was going to work, but it didn't," Reich said. "So we got outcoached and outplayed on that play."

Rookie kicker Rodrigo Blankenship hit the left upright from 30 yards out, another missed opportunity. And safety Kenny Moore aided Jacksonville's go-ahead scoring drive in the fourth with a horse-collar tackle that drew a 15-yard penalty.

Rivers completed 36 of 46 passes for 363 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions. He entered the game with 20 TD passes and just one interception against Jacksonville since 2010.

"The second one, yeah, I'd like to have it back," Rivers said. "But I didn't think I was being reckless. Those are decisions you have to make in the heat of it. Certainly those turnovers hurt."

MACK INJURED

Colts running back Marlon Mack left the game with an Achilles injury and was later ruled out. Reich said Mack will have tests Monday to determine the extent of the injury, one that could end his season.

Mack ran four times for 26 yards. Losing him would be a huge blow, although Indy drafted Wisconsin star Jonathan Taylor in the second round. Taylor gained 22 yards on nine carries. He also caught six passes for 67 yards.

ROOKIE RECORD

Robinson made NFL history in his pro debut. Robinson's 62 yards broke the previous mark for undrafted rookie running backs in season openers.

He became the first undrafted rookie running back in 30 years to start in Week 1. Several undrafted rookie fullbacks have started openers over the years. But the feat has been much rarer for tailbacks. Tampa Bay's Bruce Perkins and Seattle's Derek Loville were the last to do it, getting Week 1 nods in 1990.

Washington's Ralph Nelson held the previous high for rushing yards by an undrafted rookie in Week 1, gaining 44 yards against New Orleans on Sept. 21, 1975.

Robinson's debut also included a leap to remember.

"I don't think I've jumped like that before," he said.

UP NEXT

Colts: Host Minnesota next Sunday. Indianapolis has won the last five meetings, topping 30 points three times.

Jaguars: Play AFC South foe Tennessee next Sunday. Jacksonville has dropped six in a row in Nashville, losing those by a combined 67 points.

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Passing

IND Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
P. Rivers 46 36 78.3 1 363 35 2 88.7 0
JAX Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
G. Minshew 20 19 95.0 3 173 28 0 142.3 4

Rushing

IND Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Hines 7 28 4.0 12 1
M. Mack 4 26 6.5 18 0
JAX Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Robinson 16 62 3.9 12 0
G. Minshew 5 19 3.8 11 0

Receiving

IND Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
P. Campbell 6 71 11.8 21 0
J. Taylor 6 67 11.2 35 0
JAX Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. O'Shaughnessy 1 0 0.0 0 0
K. Cole 5 47 9.4 22 1

Team Stats Comparison

IND JAX
Points For 20 27
Total Yards 445 241
Rushing Yards 88 91
Passing Yards 357 150
Passing Completions / Attempts 36/46 19/20
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 27 17
Rushing Touchdowns 1 0
Passing Touchdowns 1 3
Penalties - Yards 5/80 6/61
Time Of Possession 33:23 26:37
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/12 5/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 0/0
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 2/5 2/2
Sacks Against 1 4
Punts - Average Yards 0/0 3/45
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 0/0 0/0
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 3/30 2/25

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter IND JAX
IND 3:18 TD Nyheim Hines 12 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 0
2nd Quarter IND JAX
JAX 4:18 TD DJ Chark Jr. 6 yd pass from Gardner Minshew II (Josh Lambo kick) 7 7
IND 10:15 TD Nyheim Hines 8 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 14 7
JAX 13:22 TD Laviska Shenault Jr. 15 yd pass from Gardner Minshew II (Josh Lambo kick) 14 14
IND 14:55 FG Rodrigo Blankenship 38 yd FG 17 14
3rd Quarter IND JAX
JAX 11:30 FG Josh Lambo 50 yd FG 17 17
4th Quarter IND JAX
IND 5:21 FG Rodrigo Blankenship 25 yd FG 20 17
JAX 9:04 TD Keelan Cole 22 yd pass from Gardner Minshew II (Josh Lambo kick) 20 24
JAX 12:10 FG Josh Lambo 46 yd FG 20 27

Game Information

Stadium: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Attendance: 14,100
Game Time: 2:53
Weather: