It's a good thing that the Baltimore Ravens were playing in Jacksonville as the Jaguars defense channeled that of the 2000 Ravens who are widely considered the best in the history of the game.
The Jaguars held a Baltimore Ravens team that was ranked eighth in the NFL in scoring at 25.8 points per game to just seven points on 13 possessions. The Ravens were held to just 146 yards of total offense, nearly 200 yards below their season average.
"I don't think there's any one thing," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said in his postgame press conference. "It's just basically a lack of execution. We had some missed assignments. We had some missed blocks. They outplayed us one on one."
The Jaguars won all the one on one battles on the outside and at the line of scrimmage as Jacksonville registered three sacks, led by linebacker Daryl Smith who had six solo tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.
"It's a big performance for us and a big win," Smith said. "It's been a long time for us and I'm just happy to get that win today."
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco struggled with happy feet and accuracy as he connected on just 21 of 38 throws for 137 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Prior to the final two drives, Flacco was just 11 of 25 for 47 yards passing.
"It's about as bad as you can play on offense," Harbaugh explained. "I don't know if you can play any worse than that until that one last drive."
Jacksonville allowed the Ravens no first downs in the first half and their 13 possessions went as follows- 9- 3-and-outs, one fumble recovery, one interception, one missed field goal and the lone Baltimore touchdown.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie
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