Colts lose finale, win 'Andrew Luck' sweepstakes

By Mark Long

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Jan. 1 2012 1:50 p.m. MST

Indianapolis Colts' Joe Lefeged (35) is stopped by Jacksonville Jaguars' Montell Owens (24) and Kassim Osgood (81) on a kickoff return during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Phelan M. Ebenhack, Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Indianapolis Colts have locked up the top pick in April's NFL draft, setting the stage to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a season-high 169 yards, clinching the NFL rushing title and breaking Fred Taylor's single-season franchise record, and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Colts 19-13 in Sunday's season finale.

The Jaguars (5-11) became the first AFC South opponent to sweep Indianapolis (2-14) since 2002 and gave outgoing owner Wayne Weaver a victory in his final game.

The Colts may have been the big winners, though. Indy would have dropped to the No. 2 spot in the draft with a victory in Jacksonville. Instead, owner Jim Irsay will have the choice to draft Luck and give the team a young quarterback to join four-time MVP Peyton Manning.

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