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The meaningful facts


The streak is over. The Jaguars finally scored 30 points in a game, which is the fact for which the Jaguars' 30-3 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday will forever be remembered.

"I think we can finally put that 30-point thing to rest," coach Jack Del Rio said.

Yeah, let's put it to rest. That sounds like a great idea.

"I'm just glad it's over," Byron Leftwich said. "It doesn't mean anything to us. I'm just glad we don't' have to talk about it anymore."

Ditto on that, too.

With 2:01 to play in Sunday's game, linebacker Mike Peterson crossed the goal line on a 26-yard return of an interception, and when Josh Scobee's extra-point attempt split the uprights, the Jaguars had reached the 30-point mark in a game for the first time since Dec. 23, 2001.

So what did it mean to you? Did you feel a surge of power? Did you all of a sudden feel a great sense of superiority? Was your enjoyment of the game significantly enhanced?

If reaching the 30-point mark was a big deal for you, then this may not be your kind of column. Frankly, in this reporter's opinion, it was the most meaningless fact of Sunday's game.

You want meaningful facts? Here are some for you.

• First-round draft pick Matt Jones had a break-out game. He caught five passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, in what was the game's dominant offensive performance. As the Jaguars made the turn into the second half of the season, they unearthed a wide receiver who might provide the game-breaking punch they'll need to go to the next offensive level.

Now that's meaningful.

• Greg Jones moved from fullback to feature running back in replacing an injured Fred Taylor, and Jones rushed for 106 yards and a 4.2 yards-per-carry average against what has been one of the best run-defenses of the 21st century. All of a sudden, the Jaguars have a legitimate option to Taylor.

How's that for meaningful?

• The Jaguars defense sacked Kyle Boller four times, battered him on almost every passing down, intercepted him three times and held a clearly struggling Ravens offense to a mere 163 yards and no touchdowns.

What's not to like about that performance?

• Leftwich turned in another solid effort. He was 16 of 30 for 211 yards, one touchdown and an 86.9 passer rating. Most importantly, he did not throw an interception.

Yeah, we shouldn't make too much out of Sunday's game. The Ravens are 2-7 and clearly not the same team without Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Don't ignore the fact, however, that the Ravens came into Sunday's game as the NFL's second-ranked defense, and against that formidable unit the Jaguars posted 20 first downs, 338 total yards and a hundred-yard rusher.

Something significant happened at Alltel Stadium today, but it wasn't that the Jaguars reached the 30-point mark. What they did most significantly was, for the first time this season, play a game in which all three phases of the Jaguars performance emerged victorious.

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