It wasn’t the start the Jacksonville Jaguars wanted heading up north to take on the New York Jets. The Jaguars were anemic offensively, logging just 13 total yards in the first quarter, while the Jets had 114 and jumped off to a 9-3 first quarter lead.
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets: First-Quarter Recap- Jets 9, Jaguars 3September 18th, 2011 at 1:51 PM
By Brendan Sonnone
The Jets were able to get going right away. Mark Sanchez led New York down the field on the team’s opening drive and found Santonio Holmes in between two Jacksonville defenders for 17-yard score.
Trailing 7-0, the Jaguars dug themselves into a deeper hole on their first offensive possession. Backed up deep in Jacksonville territory, Luke McCown was unable to find an open receiver and was taken down for a safety by New York rookie defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. That play occurred 64 seconds after New York’s touchdown. Wilkerson got instantaneous pressure on a three-man pass rush and was able to give the Jets a 9-0 lead less than five minutes into the first quarter.
Will Middleton was able to intercept an errant Mark Sanchez throw on the following series and prevented things from getting too out of hand. Both teams traded stalled drives until the Jaguars were able to capitalize on fair catch interference. Jacksonville took over on its own 44 yard-line and was able to get into New York territory following a 16-yard run from Maurice Jones-Drew.
The Jaguars had to settle for a 55-yard field goal and Josh Scobee was able to continue his excellent start to the season by just squeaking the kick through the uprights to put the Jaguars on the board, with New York leading 9-3.
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