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SAM FARMER / ON THE NFL

Josh Scobee goes to great lengths to beat the Colts again

He kicks a 59-yard field goal on the final play to give Jacksonville a 31-28 victory over Indianapolis. It's the third time since 2004 he has beaten the Colts with a kick of 50-plus yards.

October 03, 2010|Sam Farmer

Reporting from Philadelphia — The longest — and most painful — run of the year against the Indianapolis Colts wasn't reflected in the statistics Sunday and came after the game clock had expired.

It was Jacksonville's Josh Scobee racing around like a lottery winner after kicking a 59-yard field goal on the final play, lifting the Jaguars to a 31-28 victory.

That wiped out some familiar Peyton Manning magic. The Colts quarterback had led his team back in the final two minutes, forging a tie with a touchdown pass with 48 seconds remaining.

The Jaguars might have been content to play for overtime, but when the Colts challenged them by using a timeout on the final drive — thinking they could force a punt and get the ball back — Jacksonville went to the air and set up the long field goal.

Scobee has beaten the Colts with long kicks before. He booted a 51-yarder with four seconds to play to beat them in 2008, and made a 53-yarder against them in 2004 with 38 seconds left.

But this was even better.

"I've never been that excited after a kick in my life," Scobee said. "That's the third time I've hit one over 50 to beat the Colts and each one gets more and more fun."

This Scobee smack was the longest field goal in franchise history and the eighth-longest in the NFL books. In the delirium that followed, Scobee ripped off his helmet and held it above his head, weaving around teammates on a hooting-and-hollering victory lap.

"I don't know what I was thinking," Scobee said. "I think I blacked out for about 10 seconds. It was incredible."

At last, the kind of blackout even Jacksonville can appreciate.

Think pink

Pink footballs, pink hats, pink wristbands, pink cleats …

Can the pink slips be far behind?

That's the question fans have to be asking in Buffalo, San Francisco, Carolina and Detroit after those teams dropped to 0-4 and took another big step toward NFL irrelevance.

On the day the league added a splash of bright color to its franchises in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the clouds lingering over the bottom-dwelling teams grew increasingly gray.

While the 49ers, Panthers and Lions came close to picking up their first victories — each lost by two points — the New York Jets crushed the Bills by 24.

"Today, we were awful," said Buffalo Coach Chan Gailey, whose team has allowed 30 or more points in three consecutive games for the first time since 2000. "We were a bad football team."

Whereas the Bills found themselves on the ugly end of their cross-state rivalry (even though the Jets actually play in New Jersey), the same cannot be said of the Cleveland Browns, who picked up their first victory in beating Cincinnati by three.

The Browns could exhale after blowing fourth-quarter leads in three consecutive games, and Sunday's was a quality victory, coming against a team that had beaten its last eight AFC North opponents.

"We didn't falter," said Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown. "The defense came up big and we grinded out the final four minutes. It proves we are improving, and it was good to show our fans we could pull out a win and they could say, 'Hey, we actually got a team.' "

Jet fuel

Looks like LaDainian Tomlinson has something left in the tank after all. The Jets running back, released by San Diego after last season, had his first 100-yard game in nearly two years Sunday when he burned the Bills for 133 and two touchdowns.

"I know what age I am. It doesn't mean I can't play," said Tomlinson, 31. "I never lost confidence. I always knew I could do it. It was just about having an opportunity."

On HBO's "Hard Knocks" this summer, Jets Coach Rex Ryan made it clear he thought he had pulled one over on the rest of the league because he saw something in Tomlinson others didn't.

"I thought he was going to be outstanding," Ryan said Sunday. "But he's better than that."

Ben-efactors

Pittsburgh could extract no joy from losing to Baltimore for just the second time in 11 games at Heinz Field, more evidence the Ravens are the top dog in the AFC (yes, even though Kansas City is undefeated.) But the Steelers have to feel good about heading into their off week at 3-1, having better than limped along with Ben Roethlisberger serving his four-game suspension (and despite injuries to quarterbacks Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon).

The Steelers came oh so close to being 4-0 for the first time since 1979 and now get Roethlisberger back for the Cleveland game in two weeks.

Sack time

It was hard to imagine a defense pressuring the passer any better than San Diego did against Arizona, when the Chargers rang up nine sacks against Cardinals Derek Anderson and Max Hall.

And then the Giants sacked Chicago's Jay Cutler nine times in the first half.

Bad signs

A sign at the Bengals-Browns game, referring to Cincinnati receivers Owens and Chad Ochocinco: "T.O. and C.O. have B.O."

They certainly didn't smell in this one, with Owens catching 10 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown, and Ochocinco adding three catches for 59 yards.

A T-shirt spotted at the Redskins- Eagles game: green, with Donovan McNabb's 5 on the back and "STINKO" across the shoulders.

How soon they forget.

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