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Game Notes

Posted Dec 1, 2013

The final game notes for Jaguars vs Browns.

WITH THE WIN, THE JAGUARS...

  • Improved to 3-9 in 2013 and won back-to-back games for the first time since 2010.
  • Improved to 10-5 all-time against Cleveland including a 6-2 mark at Cleveland.
  • Improved to 3-1 following the bye week.
  • Won three straight road games for the first time since 2007 (Sept. 23 at Denver, Oct. 7 at Kansas City, Oct. 28 at Tampa Bay).
  • Won back-to-back road games in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2005.

 

Taking the ball away

The Jaguars finished with three takeaways (2 interceptions, 1 fumble) and a safety against the Browns.  In the past four games, the Jaguars have tallied eight takeaways (4 interceptions, 4 fumbles) and two safeties.  The Jaguars had a season-high two interceptions (Johnathan Cyprien, Dwayne Gratz), the most since Dec. 23, 2012 against New England.

 

Getting to the quarterback

Three different players combined for three sacks on Sunday, matching their season-high.  The Jaguars have 20 sacks through 12 games including eight in the last three games.

 

Jaguars had takeaways on three straight drives

The Jaguars defense forced three turnovers by the Browns on consecutive drives which led to 13 points to end the first half.  It marked only the fourth time in franchise history the Jaguars forced turnovers on three straight opponent possessions and first time since Oct. 12, 2008 at Denver.   The other occasions were Nov. 9, 1997 against Kansas City (4 straight possessions) and Sept. 28, 2003 at Houston. 

 

Points, Points, Points

The Jaguars scored a season-high 32 points on Sunday, the most points since Nov. 18, 2012 at Houston.  It marked the first 30-point game for the Jaguars in a win since Dec. 11, 2011 against Tampa Bay (41-14).

 

Steady under pressure

Chad Henne directed a nine-play, 75-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that lasted 3:15 and resulted in a game-winning touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts with 40 seconds remaining.  It was Henne’s fourth career fourth quarter or overtime comeback victory and his first as a Jaguar.

 

Henne finished 22 of 40 passing for 195 yards with a season-high two touchdowns, the 20-yard pass to Shorts and an 18-yard scoring strike to Clay Harbor in the first quarter.   It marked Henne’s 10th career multi-touchdown passing game.  He improved to 17-29 as a starter and 4-11 with the Jaguars.

 

Homecoming dream; 7th player with 10 touchdowns and 100 career receptions

Wide receiver Cecil Shorts returned to his hometown of Cleveland and made it a memorable visit.  Shorts hooked up with Chad Henne for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 40 seconds remaining to give the Jaguars their third straight road win. 

 

Shorts finished with six catches for 64 yards.  He became the 20th player in franchise history with at least 10 touchdowns and one of only seven wide receivers in franchise history with 100 career receptions and at least 10 touchdowns.   He leads the team with a career-high 64 receptions for 764 yards (11.9 avg.) through 12 games.

 

Marks produces trifecta

Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks finished with a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and pass defensed. Marks sacked Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden in the second quarter and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Browns.  It marked Marks’ third sack of the season, a single-season career-high, and the fifth of his career.  He also set a single-season career-high with his second forced fumble of the season.

 

Late in the first half, Marks recovered a fumble forced by Jason Babin and returned it 15 yards to set up a Josh Scobee field goal.  It was his second career fumble recovery, both coming this season with the Jaguars.

 

Babin’s sack leads to fumble recovery; finishes with 1.5 sacks

Defensive end Jason Babin sacked Brandon Weeden and forced a fumble late in the second half that was recovered by Sen’Derrick Marks.  He has a sack/forced fumble in back-to-back games against the Browns as he accomplished the feat on Sept. 9, 2012 as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Babin split a sack with linebacker Paul Posluszny in the third quarter.  Babin leads the Jaguars with 4.5 sacks and increased his career total to 59.5 sacks. 

 

Ace is the place

Rookie wide receiver Ace Sanders matched his career-high with a team-high eight receptions for 67 yards.  Sanders has 20 receptions for 189 yards in the last three games including two games with eight catches.

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Jones-Drew leads running attack with season-high 23 carries

Maurice Jones-Drew registered a season-high 23 carries for 77 yards, his second-highest rushing total of the season.  Jones-Drew’s top two yardage totals on the ground have come the past two weeks.  He had two carries of 10-plus yards including an 18-yard run in the first quarter and has 10 rushes of 10-plus yards in the last five road games.

 

Jones-Drew’s 23 carries marked his 36th career game with 20 or more carries and the Jaguars are 23-13 in those games.    He has 194 carries for 616 yards and a team-high five touchdowns through 12 games.

Improving the run game

The Jaguars eclipsed 100 rushing yards for the second consecutive week, finishing with 112 yards on 29 carries.   The Jaguars failed to eclipse 100 rushing yards in the first 10 games.

 

UCLA duo hooks up first touchdown; first TD pass by a non-quarterback

Maurice Jones-Drew and Marcedes Lewis, both drafted in 2006 from UCLA, hooked up for a touchdown in the second quarter as Jones-Drew found Lewis in the end zone for an eight-yard completion.  It marked Jones-Drew’s second career passing attempt, both coming against Cleveland, and he became the first non-quarterback in franchise history with a touchdown pass.  He was intercepted on Nov. 21, 2010 against Cleveland.  Lewis scored his first touchdown of the season and the 22nd of his career. 

 

Rookies provide interceptions

Rookie safety Johnathan Cyprien registered his first career interception, picking off Brandon Weeden in the second quarter and returning it 27 yards to the Browns’ 17-yard line.  The return set up a Marcedes Lewis touchdown reception.  Cyprien ranked second on the club with nine tackles.  On the ensuing drive, rookie cornerback Dwayne Gratz intercepted Weeden to set up a 44-yard field goal by Josh Scobee.  Gratz is tied for the team lead with two interceptions through 12 games.

 

Harbor scores second touchdown of the season

Fourth-year tight end Clay Harbor hooked up with Chad Henne for an 18-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.  It marked Harbor’s second touchdown this season and sixth of his career.  He has touchdowns in both career games against Cleveland with the first coming on Sept. 9, 2012 as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Explosive drive leads to touchdown

Following a Browns score in the first quarter, the Jaguars marched eight plays and 75 yards to tie the game with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne to Clay Harbor.  The Jaguars had three ‘explosive’ plays on the drive with an 18-yard run by Maurice Jones-Drew, a 13-yard rush by Jordan Todman and the Harbor reception.  The Jaguars have scored in the first quarter in four straight games.

 

Another productive game for Posluszny

Linebacker Paul Posluszny paced the Jaguars with 11 tackles which included two tackles for loss and a half sack.   He leads the team with 113 tackles and ranks second with six tackles for loss.  In 43 career games with the Jaguars, he has registered double-digit tackles in 33 of the games.

 

TIDBITS

  • The Jaguars finished with a season-high 22 first downs. 
  • The Jaguars rushed for a season-high 86 yards in the first half.
  • Kicker Josh Scobee connected on a season-high three field goals, hitting from 44, 36 and 25 yards. He has hit on 17 of 19 field goals through 12 games.  Scobee recorded touchbacks on five of six kickoffs.
  • The Jaguars streak of consecutive games with a touchdown on their opening drive was snapped at three games.
  • The Jaguars recorded their third safety of the season as Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden kicked the ball out of the end zone in the fourth quarter.  The Jaguars also forced safeties against Kansas City and at Tennessee.
  • The Jaguars scored an offensive touchdown in the second quarter for the first time this season.  Marcedes Lewis scored on an eight-yard pass from Maurice Jones-Drew with 1:19 remaining in the half.
  • Linebacker Russell Allen played in his 76th consecutive game, the ninth-longest streak in team history. 
  • Guard Uche Nwaneri played in his 100th career game.
  • The Jaguars had two drives of 10 or plays and both resulted in a punt.
  • Cleveland’s Jordan Poyer had a 38-yard punt return in the first quarter, the longest return allowed by the Jaguars this season.
  • Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon finished with 261 yards on 10 receptions, the second-most receiving yards by a Jaguars opponent in team history (273, Andre Johnson, Houston, Nov. 18, 2012).  His 95-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was the second-longest by an opponent in team history (Terrell Owens, 98 yards, Nov. 22, 2009).

 2nd HALF PHOTO GALLERY

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