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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis tried everything to move up in the AFCs playoff pecking order. nike roshe run nz . The Colts still came up short. Andrew Luck threw for 282 yards and one touchdown, Robert Mathis won the NFL sacks title and Adam Vinatieri became the seventh member of the NFLs 2,000-point club Sunday as the Colts routed Jacksonville 30-10 before watching their longshot hope of earning a first-round playoff bye vanish. Not that the Colts cared much about what was going on with the Bengals or Patriots. "Were in the playoffs and thats what matters," Luck said before knowing next weekends pairings. "We get to play at home, so it will be fun to not have to wait around to play." That will have to suffice for now after Indy handed the Jaguars (4-12) their third straight loss. An Indy win coupled with losses by New England and Cincinnati would have vaulted the Colts into the No. 2 spot. A loss by either would have put the Colts in the No. 3 spot. But the Bengals beat Baltimore 34-17, the Patriots beat Buffalo 34-20 and the Colts wound up with the No. 4 playoff seed. They will host Kansas City on Saturday afternoon. Coach Chuck Pagano promised his team would not watch the scoreboard, and it was clear they didnt pay attention until the game ended. Instead, the Colts were focused on keeping their momentum. "They always talk about December being the second most important month in football and we went out and went 4-1," Pagano said before the late afternoon results were in. "I have no idea, unless you guys have any updates, but we know we have a home game. So well wait to see what happens." Indy (11-5) is now playing its best football of the year. After alternating wins and losses for six straight weeks, the Colts rebounded with three straight routs. Theyve matched their longest winning streak of the season and their 11-win total from last season, appear rejuvenated on offence and defence and seem to be enjoying themselves mightily. Luck was 26 of 37 for 282 yards, shattering Cam Newtons record for yards passing (7,920) in a players first two seasons and becoming the first player in league history to top 8,000 yards during that span. Luck finished his second season with 8,196 yards. T.Y. Hilton caught 11 passes for 155 yards, both career highs. Mathis, who led the league in sacks most of the season, retook the lead by sacking Chad Henne once in each half to give him 19 1/2. A third sack was awarded to Jerrell Freeman, though it appeared Mathis made the initial contact. St. Louis Robert Quinn fell 1/2 sack short of Mathis, who joined Dwight Freeney as Indys only sacks champions. Vinatieri, long dubbed the best clutch kicker in league history, delivered another strong performance. The 41-year-old made three field goals and scored 12 points to move into fifth all-time with 2,006 points -- passing George Blanda (2,002) and Matt Stover (2,004). Indy was darn near perfect. Jacksonville, meanwhile, never seriously challenged the Colts. Henne finished 30 of 51 for 331 yards with one TD and one interception but couldnt get the Jaguars into the end zone until hooking up with Kerry Taylor on a 14-yard TD pass with 16 seconds left. Taylor caught eight passes for 75 yards. Maurice Jones-Drew, who is now likely to hit the free-agent market, ran 13 times for 39 yards and caught five passes for 51 yards. Jacksonvilles defence couldnt get Indys offence stopped consistently either -- until the Colts let off the gas pedal in the second half. "We didnt execute very well today," first-year coach Gus Bradley said. "Everybody took their turns. We missed some reads. We missed some route combinations. We missed tackles. We missed some assignments." It didnt take long to notice what was wrong. Donald Brown scored on a leaping 1-yard TD run, Trent Richardson followed that with a 2-yard TD run and Vinatieri booted a 23-yard field goal to make it 17-0 after one. Jacksonville looked like it would get back into the game after a 37-yard field goal and Henne got them into scoring position late in the first half. But Henne was picked off by Antoine Bethea, which set up Vinatieris milestone field goal. Luck opened the second half with a 7-yard TD pass to former college teammate Griff Whalen. That was good enough for the Colts. "Im glad were playing decent football going into the post-season," Luck said. "We know the post-seasons a whole different ball game and one-and-done. But to finish the regular season strong with these wins has been good." Notes: Indy lost starting cornerback Vontae Davis with a groin injury, defensive lineman Aubrayo Franklin with a knee injury and linebacker Bjoern Werner with an ankle injury during the first half. Pagano said all three would undergo further evaluations. ... Jacksonville finished the season with 1,260 rushing yards, a second straight single season low for the franchise. nike roshe run buy online nz . Not this time. More than 48 hours after leaving the bench to enter the line brawl between his Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres to come to the defence of teammate Phil Kessel, a contrite Clarkson accepted his automatic, 10-game suspension even while justifying his actions. nike air max 90 nz . A message to the NBA champions? "Its a message to the league," Pierce said. The Brooklyn Nets showed the defensive toughness Pierce said will be their identity, smothering the Miami Heat 86-62 on Thursday night after retiring coach Jason Kidds number. Few teams have the top-end talent that the Anaheim Ducks possess, which makes them one of the more appealing teams for fantasy purposes. Having the reigning MVP, Corey Perry, is a great way to start and Perry has to be considered a high first-round pick in most leagues, not only because hes averaged better than a point-per-game over the last three seasons, but Perrys agitating style has resulted in more than 100 penalty minutes for four straight seasons. Getting that kind of production from a winger is rare and makes Perry extremely valuable. Perry has been riding shotgun with Ryan Getzlaf ever since the duo arrived in the league in 2005, and Getzlaf is similarly valuable, often playing with an edge too, but Getzlafs recent injury history (missing 31 games over the last two seasons) brings his value down some. Hes still worth a late first-round pick, because his production could be outstanding if he plays close to a full season. Though the Ducks have occasionally given Matt Beleskey a turn on the top line, Bobby Ryan is the third member of what might be the leagues best line. Ryans point total has increased each year hes been in the league and is one of nine players to score at least 30 goals in each of the last three seasons. If Ryans career ascent continues, particularly if he was to receive more power play time, then Ryan figures to close the gap on his elite-level linemates. Perhaps the biggest determination of Ryans value this year will be the status of Teemu Selanne. The Finnish Flash had an epic season in 2010-2011, scoring 80 points in 73 games as a 40-year-old. Selanne hasnt confirmed that hes returning, but as a 41-year-old dealing with knee troubles, it would be asking a lot for him to duplicate his numbers from last season. At this stage of his career, it makes sense to be conservative when drafting Selanne. The other senior citizen on the Ducks roster, defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky, merely led all defencemen with 68 points last season. Now 35, Visnovsky may not set another career high in points, but quarterbacking the Ducks first power play unit is a terrific position in which to put up points. Goaltender Jonas Hiller could provide excellent value, if he can stay healthy for the entire season; his 2010-2011 season ended early thanks to a bout with vertigo. Hiller has a .921 save percentage in his career, so performing to that level over, say, 60 games should bring wins and a solid goals against average as well. After an impressive rookie season, during which he scored 40 points, defenceman Cam Fowler is fair to consider a rising star as a puck-moving defenceman, but he obviously needs to improve on last years minus-25 rating in order to make a significant positive impact. For deeper leagues, a couple of Ducks veterans might be able to help, at least in short spurts. Saku Koivus value could be tied significantly to Selannes presence, but he playeed 19:08 per game last season, his most since the lockout. Nike Air Max 2015 Navy/Green/Fluorescent Green Mens/Womens Shoes. Defenceman Kurtis Foster has only surpassed 30 points in a season once in his career and he figures to be a second unit power play performer in Anaheim, but has a booming shot from the point that could make him a bit of a sleeper. Toni Lydman proved to have some surprise value last season, posting a career-best plus-32, but hes not likely to match that again. It might also be worth keeping an eye on Andrew Cogliano. He had 35 points and a minus-12 rating in Edmonton last year, which isnt nearly good enough to warrant consideration in most fantasy leagues, but hes never missed a game and may benefit from his change of scenery. Prospect Emerson Etem could still return to junior, but he might be able to earn a spot too, after scoring 55 goals in 80 WHL games (regular season and playoffs) last season. Again, if Selanne surprises and doesnt return, that might create an opening. With good health and a full roster, though, the Ducks should be a team capable of earning a playoff berth in the Western Conference and a playoff team that has the Ducks high-end talent is one to pay close attention to early on draft day. (*Note: For the Ducks depth chart, Ive made the assumption that Selanne will play.) Depth Chart - Anaheim Ducks LW C RW Bobby Ryan Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry Jason Blake Saku Koivu Teemu Selanne* Matt Beleskey Andrew Cogliano Dan Sexton Jean-Francois Jacques Brandon McMillan George Parros Mark Bell Nick Bonino Andrew Gordon Patrick Maroon Peter Holland Kyle Palmieri D D G Lubomir Visnovsky Cam Fowler Jonas Hiller Francois Beauchemin Toni Lydman Dan Ellis Kurtis Foster Luca Sbisa Jeff Deslauriers Sheldon Brookbank Matt Smaby   Bryan Rodney Nate Guenin   Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen.  For more, check out TSN Fantasy Sports on Facebook. cheap jerseys cheap nhl jerseys ' ' ' 

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