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Jaguars hold off Colts for Wembley win

Blake Bortles threw two touchdown passes as the Jacksonville Jaguars won their first game of the new season against the Indianapolis Colts at Wembley Stadium.

The Jags were in control heading into the final quarter, leading 23-6, but the Colts fought back and closed the gap to three with 4:03 left on the clock.

Andrew Luck tried to lead his side up the field late in the game, but the Jaguars’ defence stood strong.

The opening game of the 2016 International Series got underway in fine fashion, and Jacksonville won their second straight game in their home-from-home in London.

Gus Bradley’s side came into the game having been beaten in all three of their game so far this season, but it was indeed the Jags who got the first points on the board.

Dante Fowler Jr deflected Luck’s throw up into the air and Yannick Ngakoue turned the ball over and ensured Bortles and the offence started with good field position.

Jaguars open up scoring

Bortles found Allen Robinson in the end zone for a three-yard touchdown and the Wembley crowd erupted.

Adam Vinatieri reduced the deficit to just one point when he hit two field goals from 53 and 50-yards respectively.

The Jags were finding it hard to keep possession of the ball, but midway through the second quarter Bortles took full advantage of a pass interference call and ran the ball in from one-yard.

The call was on Patrick Robinson, who had hold of his namesake in the end zone, and the Jags’ quarterback made no mistake after rolling out of the pocket.

Hilton caught Luck's pass in the end zone (Photo: Steve Flynn, USA TODAY Sports)
Hilton caught Luck’s pass in the end zone (Photo: Steve Flynn, USA TODAY Sports)

Colts reduce deficit to three

On the final drive of the quarter, Jason Myers kicked a 23-yard field goal to ensure the Jags had a healthy 11-point lead at the half.

Myers kicked two more field goals from 46 and 49-yards before the Colts finally got going on offence in the fourth quarter.

Frank Gore rushed up the middle in the opening moments of the quarter before Indianapolis reduced the deficit even further.

Hurns scores his first TD of the season (Photo: Steve Flynn, USA TODAY Sports)
Hurns scores his first TD of the season (Photo: Steve Flynn, USA TODAY Sports)

Jaguars defence stands tall

Luck found TY Hilton wide open downfield ad the receiver took the ball all the way into the end zone to make the score 23-20.

However, despite this resurgence, the Jaguars restored their 10-point lead when Allen Hurns caught a 42-yard pass from Bortles.

Vinatieri made it a three-point game with minutes remaining, but Jacksonville’s defence held out to ensure they claimed their first win of the 2016 season.

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