INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts carry momentum into the postseason thanks to their 30-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
With three straight wins and four in their last five games, the suddenly dangerous Colts must wait to find out their seeding and opponent.
Emerging wide receiver T.Y. Hilton torched the Jacksonville secondary, setting career highs with 11 catches for 155 yards, and the Colts' defense forced two turnovers and easily shut down the league's 31st-ranked offense.
Indianapolis (11-5) is in the playoffs for the 11th time in 12 seasons. If the New England Patriots lose later Sunday, Indianapolis moves from the fourth seed to the third in the AFC playoffs.
Quarterback Andrew Luck did not turn the ball over and was 26-of-37 passing for 282 yards, including a 7-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Griff Whalen. Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano pulled Luck after three quarters with the game well in hand.
Jacksonville (4-12) concluded its sixth straight non-winning season. A young, rebuilding team is left with more questions than answers after its first year under coach Gus Bradley.
Quarterback Chad Henne threw for 331 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Jacksonville, while running back Maurice Jones-Drew was held to 39 yards on 13 carries. He did catch five passes for 51 yards, but the Jaguars did not do much of anything well.
Adam Vinatieri's 23-yard field goal put the Colts ahead 17-0 after a quarter, as they wasted no time delivering an early knockout punch. They did it with a ball-control, pass-heavy formula.
Jones-Drew coughed up the ball on Jacksonville's third snap when hit by linebacker Jerrell Freeman and cornerback Darius Butler recovered at the Jaguars' 42-yard line. Eight plays later, running back Donald Brown leapt over the pile on second-and-goal from the 1 to give the Colts a 7-0 lead.
The Jaguars then went three-and-out on their second series, with right tackle Austin Pasztor beaten badly by NFL sacks leader, linebacker Robert Mathis, for a sack on third down. That set up another methodical Indianapolis drive that ended with Pagano gambling on fourth-and-goal. Running back Trent Richardson rewarded his coach with a 2-yard TD run, his fourth score as a Colt.
Though the Jaguars played a decent second quarter, they only managed a 37-yard field goal from kicker Josh Scobee. Safety Antoine Bethea's easy interception set up Vinatieri's 26-yard field goal to make it 20-3 at halftime. Vinatieri, 41, became the seventh player in NFL history to record 2,000 points.
Notes: The Colts traveled to Jacksonville in Week 4 and romped to a 37-3 victory. ... The Colts sealed their third undefeated finish in AFC South play. Indianapolis last went 6-0 against the division in 2009. ... Colts starting CB Vontae Davis sustained a groin injury in the first half and starting DT Aubrayo Franklin left with a knee injury. ... Jacksonville had seven starters out due to injury, including four on defense.