OAKLAND, Cal. – This was more of the same, and then it wasn't.
The result was an improbable, miraculous Jaguars victory – and a stunning loss for the Oakland Raiders. The Jaguars rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit Sunday with two touchdowns in the final 5:15, and won by a score of 20-16 in the final game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
The Raiders dominated from the start. The Jaguars' defense couldn't stop the run for the sixth time in seven games, and they also struggled to stop big plays in the passing game.
That was the story of the first half. The Jaguars then stopped the domination, but still trailed by 10 points entering the fourth quarter. But then quarterback Gardner Minshew threw two short touchdown passes to wide receiver Chris Conley – one with 5:15 remaining the other with :31 remaining.
A late Hail Mary by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr ended the final game in the Black Hole. A stunned Raiders crowd booed afterward. The Jaguars talked moments later of heart, resilience and Minshew Magic. Wow. And weird.
Let's get to it …
Jim from Jagsonville
That last drive was Minshew Magic! Go Jaguars!!
Yeah. No doubt. Minshew struggled for a half. He struggled early in the third quarter, too. Then he led three scoring drives in the final quarter and a half, passing for two touchdowns to Conley. I don't know what this means for Minshew's future, but his intangibles and grit won a game for the Jaguars Sunday.
Daniel from Jersey City, NJ
O-man, I'm sure glad I didn't send that email at halftime. This season for the most part has been a disaster. Do you think there is still some hope Minshew Mania can return to Jax in 2020?
We'll see. I didn't think entering Sunday's game that Minshew could win the starting job for next season in the final three games, and I still don't. There are too many unknowns facing the franchise for such permanent questions to be answered. My sense still is that it's going to be tough to build around him as a franchise quarterback. But he's got something that's going to be hard to ignore. We'll see.
Mark from Prescott, AZ
Well, John: It's time for the Jaguars to get slaughtered. (I'm hoping I just jinxed the Raiders! Trying to keep hope alive!)
This was the much-ballyhooed, oft-ridiculed, sometimes-just-plain-awesome First Email of the Game. It did not seem to echo the rosy, optimistic outlook that has defined the inbox in recent weeks until I read the parentheses and found … yes! Indeed! Optimism! (You apparently jinxed the Raiders. Go figure.)
Mark from Crescent Beach, FL
I thought it couldn't get any worse … and then the second half started.
This was first email of the second half. Mark was quick to hit send Sunday.
Jacob from New York
I knew I should have not even have turned on the game.
This was the less-ballyhooed Second Email of the Game. It also did not echo the rosy, optimistic outlook that has defined the inbox in recent weeks.
David from Broward County, FL
There is no hope, only dread. This defense is really bad. If not for defensive ends Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue and Josh Allen, I would say it is one of the worst I've ever seen. Taven Bryan is garbage and a bust. The jury is in and he is very bad. Can't shed a block to save his life and seemingly has no football instinct. In reality he is a practice squad player who was insanely drafted in the first round. Thankfully we have him instead of Lamar Jackson.
You could have stopped after "There is no hope, only dread." It was good first sentence. Like many emails Sunday, it didn't age well.
Adam from Bryan, TX
John, why are they playing so safe on offense? They literally have nothing to lose at this point. They are not playing to win it seems like they're playing just to not get blown out again. They are giving Minshew no chance. DeFilippo gotta go.
Were the Jaguars playing safe early Sunday? Maybe. When your offensive line can't protect, and your receivers can't get open consistently it limits aggressiveness. The Jaguars hit a big play early, a 55-yarder from Minshew to wide receiver Keelan Cole. Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo certainly wanted to hit more of those. Minshew was under pressure from the start and the receiving corps without DJ Chark Jr. is extremely limited. Those things are true, and the victory doesn't change that true. There are also no legitimate tight end options. The victory didn't change that, either. What else could the Jaguars have done early with these limitations? I suppose the Jaguars could have just had Minshew throw it up and hope. Maybe that would have been more aggressive.
Dave from Macclenny
Just my opinion but I don't think we need a new head coach or quarterback. I believe we can build around the rookie. We've had other coaches and it hasn't changed much. We need a few core players and a lot of luck. That or we are cursed.
Hey, one fer the coach! And the quarterback!
Bobby from Summerville, SC
Hi John, Did that just happen? Way to spoil Oakland's going away party. Go Jags!
Winning is cool. Fans like it.