Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Defenders Do Their Part; Jaguars Hold High-Powered Saints to Season-Low Point Total

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Defenders Do Their Part; Jaguars Hold High-Powered Saints to Season-Low Point Total

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Byline: Garry Smits

Did the Jaguars' defense play well enough to win Sunday against the New Orleans Saints?

Rashean Mathis and other members of a unit that held the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees to their season-low in scoring made it clear that there is no such thing as half a loaf for the Jaguars

"We didn't win," Mathis said. "If we would have won, we would have played well enough to win. There were still plays we could have made. We're not satisfied with the results in the win-loss category."

The Saints' 23-10 victory over the Jaguars not only represented their fewest points in a game this season, but it was the lowest against an AFC opponent since Oct. 31 of last year, a 20-10 victory over Pittsburgh.

Although Brees completed 31-of-44 passes for 351 yards and Darren Sproles (seven carries, 75 yards) led a running game that produced 177 yards, the Jaguars forced the Saints to settle for three John Kasay field goals in the second half and finished the game with three sacks (by Austen Lane, Clint Session and Paul Posluszny) and two interceptions (by Daryl Smith and Dawan Landry).

However, few of the chances presented to the offense panned out. Smith's interception, near the end of the first half, resulted in a field goal by Josh Scobee. The Jaguars did not score after Landry's interception.

Three times in the fourth quarter, they failed to score when the defense got the ball back, in good field position, with a chance to cut the Saints' lead to six points.

Landry's pick, which he pulled in after several deflections, came at the Jaguars' 46 but ended with a loss on downs at the Saints' 20. The Jags took over after a punt at their own 36 and failed to score after getting a first down to the Saints' 20. And following the miss of a 50-yard field-goal attempt by Kasay - which gave the offense the ball at the Jaguars' 40 - quarterback Blaine Gabbert completed one pass for 7 yards to Marcedes Lewis and misfired on his next three. …

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