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NFL Week 17 PFF ReFocused: Jacksonville Jaguars 38, Indianapolis Colts 20

The Jacksonville Jaguars finished off a disappointing year by beating the Indianapolis Colts 38-20 in Week 17 of the 2019 NFL season.

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Final Score

Jacksonville Jaguars 38, Indianapolis Colts 20

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gardner Minshew had arguably his best game since reclaiming the starting spot. Outside of one poor interception, he limited his negative plays and was accurate on his throws. He completed nearly 70% of his passes, and his receivers didn't help him out as much as they could have as they dropped six passes on the day.

Minshew spread the ball around well, with six different receivers having at least three catches. Keelan Cole scored his first touchdown in two months, Dede Westbrook had one of his most productive games of the year, and while rookie running back Ryquell Armstead didn't do much in the running game, he did catch five passes for 52 yards, including the first touchdown of his career.

Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue both had effective games rushing the passer. While neither got a sack, both put Jacoby Brissett under pressure on several occasions. Ngakoue also forced a fumble on a scramble, setting up Campbell to recover it and return it for a touchdown to give the Jaguars a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.

Josh Allen barely played half of Jacksonville's defensive snaps but still made a significant impact. He had a handful of pressures in the game, including his 13th sack to cap off his impressive rookie season.

Indianapolis Colts

Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett had one of his worst games of the season, as he completed fewer than half his passes and had two costly fumbles in the fourth quarter that let the Jaguars extend their lead.

The Colts ran the ball well, with Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines rattling off a few long runs and averaging five yards per carry between them. Mack extended his career-high rushing total to 1,091 yards on the season, and he found the end zone twice.

The Colts' defense bottled up the run very well, and that started up front with Margus Hunt and Jabaal Sheard. Anthony Walker led the defense in stops, and Clayton Geathers came down from his safety position to make a couple of nice tackles in the box.

Justin Houston had his third sack in four games and finished the season with 11 sacks overall, his third consecutive year with double-digit sacks.

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