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Payne doesn't point finger at scheme

The following are notes from Sunday's 24-21 loss to the visiting Baltimore Ravens.

• Kevin Hardy's streak of consecutive starts was stopped at 58. Hardy did not play due to a knee injury suffered in Thursday's practice.

• Keenan McCardell has caught at least one pass in 42 consecutive games.

• The Jaguars' 14 fourth-quarter points are their most this season.

• Mike Hollis missed on a 38-yard field goal attempt. He missed from 47 yards in Pittsburgh the previous week and hasn't kicked a field goal since Nov. 4 in Tennessee. It marks the first time in Hollis' career he has gone three consecutive games without kicking a field goal.

• "We missed an easy field goal," Coughlin said of Hollis' miss.

• The Jaguars and the officials heard some significant boos from the 53,530 in attendance at Alltel Stadium. The Jaguars were booed in the first half after having gained only three first downs and failing to convert any of their five third-down attempts. Referee Larry Nemmers' officiating crew was booed lustily for its failure to award the Jaguars a Jason Brookins fumble near the goal line in the third quarter. Brookins was stripped of the ball as he lunged for the goal line and Tony Brackens came away with the ball, but the officials' inability to see the scramble for the ball and replay's inability to show who recovered the ball on the ground caused Nemmers' crew to play it safe. Nemmers announced Brookins and a Jaguars defender were judged to have been in joint possession of the football while on the ground, leaving Nemmers to find in Brookins' favor.

• "It should be our ball. How could somebody say the ball was shared? Brackens was running around the field with the ball," Coughlin said in rebuttal.

• Asked if his team has suffered from bad luck in such controversial calls this season, Coughlin said: "You have to make your own (breaks). You can't keep counting on one player or one play."

• It might've been to the Jaguars' disadvantage that

Ravens wide receiver Qadry Ismail tripped and fell at the Jaguars 49-yard line following a 25-yard reception with 1:20 to play in the game. Had Ismail not tripped, it appeared he might've raced all the way down the sideline for a touchdown. If he had, the Jaguars would have had over a minute to rally for a game-tying field goal attempt, or better.

• "It seems like a payback year," wide receiver Jimmy Smith said.

• "You can't point the finger at anybody," defensive tackle Seth Payne said in declining to fault the Jaguars' defensive scheme in the Ravens' game-winning drive. "There's too many of us to point the finger at. They didn't need a field goal; they needed a touchdown. You should be able to stick 11 safeties out there and stop them. We were still blitzing. We were still aggressive. You can't say it was soft," Payne added of the scheme.

Vic Ketchman is the Senior Editor of Jaguars Inside Report, the official team newspaper of the Jacksonville Jaguars. One-year subscriptions may be purchased by calling 1-888-846-5247.

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