Blaine Gabbert had his chance to record a memorable comeback drive, but the rookie quarterback came up short as the Jacksonville Jaguars couldn’t score from the two-yard line in a 14-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Jacksonville Jaguars Fall Short in 14-10 Loss to the Cleveland BrownsNovember 20th, 2011 at 5:07 PM
By Brendan Sonnone
Jacksonville was at Cleveland’s two with eight seconds and no timeouts remaining in the game. Gabbert first threw a ball to Jason Hill at the back corner of the end zone but he bobbled the ball.
Then with three seconds left, Jack Del Rio dialed up another passing play. Gabbert stood in the pocket and threw a pass behind Mike Thomas, who was crossing over the back-middle of the end zone. Thomas reached back but couldn’t pull it in and that was the game.
Gabbert, who looked sharp in the first half, looked more and more uncomfortable as the game wore on. A barrage of drops hurt his numbers yet again, but Gabbert’s mechanics regressed during the game. He finished 22-of-41 for 210 yards, giving him a 68.1 QB rating.
Jacksonville’s offense was propelled by Maurice Jones-Drew, who had 87 yards on 21 carries and a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give the Jaguars a 7-0 lead. Jones-Drew played a big role in getting the Jaguars down to Cleveland’s two, but Del Rio opted to not go to his top player in crunch time.
The Jaguars defense struggled some without cornerback Rashean Mathis and defensive tackle Terrance Knight. Jacksonville frequently bent and gave up 334 yards of total offense to an equally banged up Cleveland offense. Starting linebacker Cilnt Session and end Matt Roth were injured in the game.
Third-string tailback Chris Ogbonnaya ran for 115 yards on 21 carries while Colt McCoy had an efficient 199-yard outing.
Trailing 14-10 late in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars got a big break when Phil Dawson missed a 38-yard field goal. The ball appeared to go over the right upright, but the play was not reviewable.
Jacksonville got the ball back with 2:49 remaining but couldn’t complete the comeback.
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