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Colts Lock Up Playoff Appearance, Defeat Jaguars

Last updated on Friday, December 19, 2008

(JACKSONVILLE, FL) - The Indianapolis Colts are in the playoffs for the seventh-consecutive year after edging the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-24 in Jacksonville.

The Colts struggled in the first half, trailing 17-7 at halftime before coming alive in the fourth quarter when they scored 17 points.

Defensive back Keiwan Ratliff made the big play in the fourth quarter, picking off a David Garrard pass and returning it 35 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

The Colts improve to 11-and-4 and have won their last eight games.

Peyton Manning was nearly perfect in the Colts win at Jacksonville. Manning tied a franchise record by hitting his first 17 passes en route to a 29-for-34 night with 364 yards and three touchdowns as Indianapolis secured the number-five seed in the AFC playoffs.

Head Coach Tony Dungy also made history by leading his team to the playoffs for the tenth-consecutive season. Dungy led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the postseason in his final three seasons with that team and has made the playoffs each of the seven years he has been in charge in Indianapolis.

The Colts wrap up the regular season a week from Sunday when they host the Tennessee Titans.

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