Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars 5 Key Plays

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars 5 Key Plays

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Byline: Phillip Heilman

A look back at five key plays in the Jaguars' 26-19 loss to Detroit Sunday:


Situation: In a scoreless first quarter, the Jaguars had fourth-and-11 from the Lions' 48-yard line.

Finally, the opponent's special teams unit that flubbed a play. Detroit punt returner Andre Roberts had plenty of time to get underneath a punt from Brad Nortman but muffed it at the Lions' 12-yard line. Ben Koyack recovered the fumble after a pile-up of players. The takeaway was the first for the Jaguars since intercepting Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck in the first quarter on Oct. 2. The Jaguars capitalized with a field goal following the turnover. Later in the game, the Jaguars' defense created its first takeaway in more than six games' worth of time when linebacker Telvin Smith recovered a fumble caused by defensive end Jared Odrick.


Situation: With the game tied at 9 on the first possession of the second half, the Jaguars had third-and-7 from their 28-yard line.

Detroit rushed five, but the offensive line gave quarterback Blake Bortles a clean pocket. His pass to Marqise Lee (in 2.2 seconds) on what looked to be a dig route to the 35-yard line was high and behind Lee and was tipped into the air. Lions safety Rafael Bush broke from the middle of the field and intercepted the pass. He then made, in order, running back Denard Robinson, Lee, left guard Chris Reed and Bortles miss attempted tackles while running down the sideline for a 39-yard touchdown to give Detroit a 16-9 lead. The interception was the 10th returned for a touchdown during Bortles' career.


Situation: Trailing 16-12 with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter, the Jaguars had second-and-goal from the Detroit 3-yard line.

The emergence of Lee as a consistent playmaker continued on a three-yard touchdown pass. The Jaguars lined up with Lee, Hurns and Allen Robinson to the left, tight end Julius Thomas wide right and Denard Robinson next to Bortles in the shotgun. …

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