Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Sharpe Dagger Another Jags Lead Disappears

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Sharpe Dagger Another Jags Lead Disappears

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Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer

It's become a losing formula for the Jaguars.

There's the controversial call that goes against them, the critical missed field goal, the no-huddle offense produces points but not enough, and the defense collapses in the final two minutes.

It happened again yesterday when the Baltimore Ravens marched 74 yards in 83 seconds to pull out a 24-21 victory on Elvis Grbac's 3-yard touchdown pass to Shannon Sharpe with only nine seconds remaining.

It was one more frustrating loss that dropped the Jaguars to 3-7 at the 10-game mark for the second consecutive year.

They have now lost 17 of their last 27 games.

"I'm angry, but I don't know at whom or why," defensive lineman Seth Payne said. "We've got to stop this."

It's the third time this year the Jaguars have given up the winning points in the final two minutes.

Buffalo got the winning field goal with 1:03 left to win 13-10 and Tennessee got the winning touchdown with 44 seconds to win 28-24 with 44 seconds left.

In addition, Cleveland got the go-ahead score with 5:13 left in 23-14 victory and Baltimore got the winning touchdown with 4:07 in an 18-17 victory in the first game.

Then there was the usual controversial call. In Pittsburgh, it was Qadry Ismail's catch. In Tennessee, it was Steve McNair's quarterback sneak.

This time, it was Jason Brookins' fumble at the Jaguars' 1-yard line in the third quarter. The referee said Brookins and Tony Brackens recovered simultaneously, so the ball went to the offense. The Jaguars called for a review, but the officials ruled the play was not reviewable. Brookins scored on the next play.

A missed field goal by Mike Hollis, a 38-yarder in the second quarter, also was costly.

The Jaguars charged back from a 17-0 deficit to take a 21-17 lead in the final period. But, of course, they couldn't stop the final drive.

Grbac, under fire last week for turning the ball over five times in a loss to Cleveland, passed for 259 yards, threw just one interception and led the winning drive. …

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