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First off the Field: Cowboys 31, Jaguars 17


LONDON, England – Flags flew again, and the crowd once again roared.

But for the second time in as many seasons, the Jaguars struggled against an impressive opponent in their unofficial home away from home.

Quarterback Tony Romo threw three first-half touchdown passes, and wide receiver Dez Bryant caught two of them, with the Dallas Cowboys (7-3) on Sunday separating from the Jaguars by halftime before easing to a 31-17 victory as a gray afternoon became a chilly London November evening.

The game was the second for the Jaguars (1-9) as the designated home team at London's historic Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars lost to the San Francisco 49ers 42-10 at Wembley last season.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles completed 22 of 37 passes for 290 yards and no touchdowns with an interception, and running back Denard Robinson rushed for just 60 yards on 15 carries after averaging nearly 100 yards rushing in his last three games.

Robinson's 33-yard touchdown run gave the Jaguars an early lead, but his second-quarter fumble was one of two first-half turnovers that hurt the Jaguars.

Romo, who missed a loss to Arizona last week with a back injury, completed 20 of 27 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions. He completed 16 of 21 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Bryant finished the first half with six receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns and left the game after that.

The Cowboys led at halftime, 24-7.

The Jaguars were fortunate on the game's opening drive, with Romo overthrowing tight end Jason Witten by inches with Witten wide open on the Jaguars 10-yard line for what would have been a 36-yard touchdown pass. A 23-yard run by running back DeMarco Murray and a 17-yard screen pass to Murray set up a 54-yard field goal by Dan Bailey.

The Jaguars' offense followed that with one of their most impressive drives of the season, with Bortles twice converting third downs with passes to Allen Robinson. Bortles also threw 24 yards to wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, with Robinson's 33-yard touchdown run giving the Jaguars a 7-3 lead with 7:36 remaining in the first quarter.

A wild first quarter ended with yet another error by the Jaguars' special teams setting up a point-blank Cowboys touchdown. Punt returner Ace Sanders muffed a punt to give the Cowboys the ball at the Jaguars 6, with Romo passing two yards to Witten two plays later for a 10-7 lead.

Jaguars had punts tipped and blocked last week, and have allowed five tipped or blocked field goals or punts this season.

Bryant caught a pair of second-quarter touchdowns as Dallas pushed its lead to 17 by halftime. He caught a 35-yarder with 7:01 remaining before halftime, with 19 seconds remaining before the half his 69-yarder over cornerback Dwayne Gratz made it 24-7, Dallas.

The Cowboys took a 31-7 third-quarter lead with Joseph Randle's 40-yard touchdown run, and a fourth-safety when Dallas linebacker Kyle Wilber was penalized in the end zone made it 31-9.

A one-yard touchdown run by Denard Robinson with 1:53 remaining in the second half and a two-point pass from Bortles to Robinson cut the final margin to 31-17.



This one was pretty easily identifiable Sunday. The Jaguars had momentum and a lot of life early in the game, leading 7-3 and forcing a Dallas punt. But Sanders muffed the punt and safety C.J. Spillman recovered at the Jaguars 6. Romo passed to Witten two plays later for a two-yard touchdown and a 10-7 lead the Cowboys never relinquished.


1..Bortles' 24-yard pass over the middle to Shorts III gave the Jaguars a first down at the Cowboys' 44, and Bortles' 51-yard pass to Shorts in the second quarter gave the Jaguars good field position. That field position ended a play later when Robinson lost a fumble for the first time this season.. …

2.Robinson's 33-yard touchdown run in the first quarter electrified the crowd, giving the Jaguars a 7-3 lead midway through the first quarter. …



Jaguars cornerback Peyton Thompson sustained a rib injury in the second quarter and was cleared to return. Wide receiver Allen Hurns left the game in the third quarter with a concussion and did not return.

Shorts also was being evaluated for a concussion late in the game.

The Jaguars made middle linebacker Jeremiah George inactive an hour and a half before kickoff along with guard Brandon Linder, defensive end Andre Branch, wide receiver Mike Brown, running back Storm Johnson, cornerback Tommie Campbell and offensive tackle Sam Young.

Linder had started the first nine games of the season at right guard, but was declared inactive with a shoulder injury. Branch did not make the trip to London because of a groin injury. George started last week at Cincinnati, with J.T. Thomas starting in the middle on Sunday and Dekoda Watson started at the Otto linebacker position.


First half images from the Jaguars Week 10 matchup in London against the Dallas Cowboys.

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