JAGUARS FINISH 11-5; TIED FOR THIRD-BEST MARK IN TEAM HISTORY:
The Jaguars finished the regular season with a 11-5 mark, tied for the third-best record in franchise history (11-5 in 1997 and 1998). It marks the second time in the last three seasons under head coach Jack Del Rio the club has finished with 11 or more wins (12-4, 2005).
The Jaguars set several team single-season records today including most points scored (411), most touchdowns (50) and most touchdown passes (28). The Jaguars tied the franchise record for interceptions (20). In addition, the Jaguars finished with the most rushing attempts (522), fewest penalties (76) and fewest punts (54) in team history. The Jaguars finished the season with 5,719 net yards (357.4 avg.), the second-most in team history.
POINTS, POINTS AND MORE POINTS:
The Jaguars set a franchise-record from points today as they finished the regular season with 411 (25.7 avg.). The Jaguars have scored at least three touchdowns in 10 consecutive games and have scored 24 or more points in 10 straight games for the first time in team history.
WILLIAMS INCREASES TEAM-RECORD WITH 10TH TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION:
WR Reggie Williams extended his team single-season record with his 10th touchdown reception of the season on the Jaguars opening drive. Williams has a touchdown reception in a team-record four consecutive games and six of the last seven games. He increased his career total to 15 touchdowns, surpassing Mark Brunell for the seventh-most touchdowns in team history. In addition, Williams set a career-high for receiving yards with 629, surpassing his previous high of 616 in 2006.
GARRARD FINISHES WITH SECOND-LOWEST INTERCEPTION PERCENTAGE IN NFL HISTORY:
QB David Garrard finished with the second lowest interception percentage in a season for any quarterback in NFL history with 300 attempts at 0.92 (3 interceptions in 325 attempts). The lowest was 0.90 by Steve DeBerg in 1990 (4 interceptions in 444 attempts).
GARRARD FINISHES WITH SEVERAL RECORDS:
QB David Garrard set the franchise single-season record for highest passer rating (102.2) and highest completion percentage (64.0). In addition, Garrard holds the franchise record with a 87.7 career passer rating. Garrard finished 9-3 as a starter and joined Mark Brunell as the only two Jaguars quarterbacks to win nine games as a starter in a season.
TAYLOR FINISHES WITH CAREER-HIGH 5.4 RUSHING AVERAGE:
RB Fred Taylor finished the regular season with a career-high 5.4 average per rush as he totaled 1,202 yards on 223 carries with five touchdowns. The 5.4 average is the third-highest in team history (Mark Brunell, 1995, 7.2 avg.; Maurice Jones-Drew, 2006, 5.7 avg.).
JONES RECORDS FOURTH CAREER 100-YARD RECEIVING GAME:
WR Matt Jones finished with career-high receiving numbers today as he totaled eight receptions for 138 yards with one touchdown. It was the fourth 100-yard receiving game of his career and the most receiving yards by a Jaguar since Ernest Wilford had 145 yards on 10/30/05 at St. Louis. Jones had a 48-yard reception from Quinn Gray in the third quarter, the second-longest reception of his career (49, 11/20/06 vs. N.Y. Giants). The play set up a five-yard touchdown reception by Jones, his fourth of the season and 13th of his career.
GRAY STARTS FOURTH GAME OF THE SEASON; THROWS FOR CAREER-HIGH 4 TDS:
QB Quinn Gray made his fourth start of the season today and finished 25 of 39 for 302 yards with a career-high four touchdowns for a 122.0 rating. The 302 yards were the second-most of his career as he had 354 earlier this season at New Orleans on 11/4. Gray hooked up with Matt Jones for a 48-yard completion in the third quarter, the third-longest of his career.
GRAY IN ELITE COMPANY:
QB Quinn Gray joined Mark Brunell (11/29/98) as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to throw for four touchdowns in a game.
WILFORD SETS CAREER-HIGH FOR RECEPTIONS:
Fourth-year WR Ernest Wilford finished tied his career-high with six receptions and finished the regular season with a career-high 45 receptions. Wilford surpassed his previous high of 41 receptions in 2005. He scored his 13th and 14th career touchdowns, the fourth-most in team history.
The Jaguars scored on their opening possession for seventh time in the last nine games. Quinn Gray hooked up with Reggie Williams for a 22-yard touchdown on the first possession. The Jaguars have scored a touchdown in the first quarter in eight of the last 10 games.
DEFENSE HOLDS GROUND ON OPENING POSSESSION:
The Jaguars forced the Texans to punt on their opening possession and became the only team in the NFL in 2007 to not allow a touchdown on the opening possession. The Jaguars allowed only nine points (3 FGs) on the opponents first possesion. In addition, opponents have been held scoreless in the first quarter in seven of the eight games and 10 of 16 games this season.
NELSON STARTS 15TH GAME:
Safety Reggie Nelson made his 15th start today, the most by a rookie defensive player since Rashean Mathis started 16 games in 2003.
The Jaguars finished 2-4 in AFC South play ... DT Rob Meier split a sack with DE Jeremy Mincey in the first quarter. Meier has a sack in back-to-back games and finished the regular season with 4.5 sacks ... OG Maurice Williams played in his 100th career game ... The Jaguars have at least one interception in 13 of 16 games ...
The following players were inactive for the Jaguars:
RB Fred Taylor, CB Rashean Mathis, DE Paul Spicer, LB Daryl Smith, WR Dennis Northcutt, LB Mike Peterson, RB Maurice Jones-Drew and OT Tony Pashos.