Jacksonville Jaguars VS. New York Giants
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2014
FINAL GAME NOTES
WITH THE WIN, THE JAGUARS…
Improved to 2-10 in 2014 and 2-4 at home.
Gus Bradley improved to 6-22 as the Jaguars head coach.
Evened the overall series with the Giants at 3-3.
Won two home games in a season for the first time since 2011.
Beat a NFC team for the first time since 2011, snapping a streak of 12 straight losses.
LARGEST COMEBACK WIN IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
The Jaguars rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second quarter to pull out a 25-24 win, the largest comeback win in franchise history. The largest comeback in team history prior to today was 15 points against Baltimore on Nov. 24, 1996 when the Jaguars pulled out a 24-20 overtime win after trailing 25-10 in the fourth quarter.
The Jaguars led for only 4:01 Sunday. The Jaguars scored a season-high 22 points in the second half including a season-high 13 in the third quarter. Quarterback Blake Bortles became only the third starting rookie quarterback to lead his team to a comeback win of 21 or more points since at least 1970.
TWO DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS FOR JAGUARS FOR FIRST TIME
The Jaguars scored two defensive touchdowns on Sunday, both coming via fumble recovery. Linebacker J.T. Thomas recovered a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter off a Geno Hayes sack/forced fumble.
Rookie cornerback Aaron Colvin recovered a Larry Donnell fumble in the fourth quarter and raced 41 yards for a touchdown.
JAGUARS DEFENSE BUCKLES DOWN IN SECOND HALF
The Giants finished the first half with 254 total yards including 77 on the ground while not allowing a sack. The Jaguars limited the Giants to only 75 total yards in the second half, 39 via the rush, and sacked Eli Manning five times.
The Jaguars did not record a turnover for the first time through 12 games. The Jaguars were plus-three in the turnover differential, the second straight game the Jaguars won the turnover battle. The Jaguars snapped a streak of 10 straight games with an interception.
JAGUARS ADD TO SACKS TOTAL; 9 IN LAST TWO GAMES
The Jaguars totaled four sacks today, increasing their season total to 37. The Jaguars have had at least three sacks in eight of 12 games. In the last two games, the Jaguars have nine sacks, eight forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. The Jaguars have recovered 11 fumbles in 12 games including seven in the last three games.
CAREER-HIGH TWO SACKS FOR SEN’Derrick Marks
Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks continues to put up career-best numbers as he registered a career-high two sacks and one forced fumble. Marks is tied for the team-lead with a career-high seven sacks through 12 games. He has five of his seven sacks in the last five games.
Marks sacked Eli Manning for a seven-yard loss in the third quarter. He sealed the Jaguars victory with a sack/forced fumble of Manning with 28 seconds remaining in the game. Defensive end Chris Clemons recovered the fumble.
Marks has 14 career sacks with 11 coming with the Jaguars in 28 games. His 11 sacks are the fourth-most in team history by a defensive tackle. His seven sacks in 2014 are the third-most in a season by a Jaguars defensive tackle and most since Gary Walker had 7.5 in 2001. Walker owns the franchise record for sacks in a season by a defensive tackle with 10.0 in 1999.
COLVIN SCORES FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN
Rookie Aaron Colvin scored a touchdown on a 41-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter. It marked the fifth-longest fumble recovery for a touchdown in team history and longest since 2007 (77 yards, Daryl Smith, Oct. 14 vs. Houston).
BORTLES ENGINEERS FIRST FOURTH QUARTER GAME-WINNING DRIVE
With the Jaguars trailing 24-22 and 3:26 remaining, rookie quarterback Blake Bortles directed a 11-play, 55-yard drive that resulted in a 43-yard field goal by Josh Scobee. It was Bortles’ first career-game game-winning fourth quarter drive.
Bortles finished 21 of 35 passing for 194 yards with one touchdown for an 84.7 passer rating. He had four completions of 20-plus yards including a 30-yard touchdown pass to rookie Marqise Lee in the third quarter on first down. Six of Bortles’ nine career touchdown passes have come on first down and seven have come in the second half. He has 31 completions of 20-plus yards in 10 games, six for touchdowns.
It marked Bortles’ first career game without throwing an interception. He had a 20-yard rush for the second consecutive week and increased his season rushing totals to 296 yards on 44 carries. He surpassed Blaine Gabbert (2,214, 2011) for the second-most passing yards by a rookie in team history, throwing for 2,261 yards in 10 games. Byron Leftwich holds the franchise single-season record by a rookie with 2,819 yards in 2003.
SCOBEE ADDS TO CAREER GAME-WINNING FIELD GOALS
Josh Scobee connected on a 43-yard field goal with 32 seconds remaining to give the Jaguars their second win of the season. Scobee has eight career game-winning field goals
LEE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
2014 second-round pick Marqise Lee established a career-high with 75 receiving yards and scored his first career touchdown. Lee hauled in a 30-yard pass from Blake Bortles in the third quarter for his first career score. He matched his career-best with six receptions including two of 20-plus yards.
· The Jaguars scored a season-high 25 points, their most points scored since Dec. 5, 2013 against Houston.
· Defensive end Tyson Alualu registered his first sack of the season and the 12th of his career. He had a team-high two quarterback hits.
· Punter Bryan Anger punted seven times for a 52.4-yard gross average, his second-highest of the season. He finished with a season-high 45.6-yard net average.
· The Jaguars had two scoring drives of 10 or more plays (12 and 11 plays) for the third game this season (Pittsburgh, Miami).
· Linebacker Geno Hayes registered his first sack of the season, the ninth of his career, as he forced a fumble of Eli Manning in the third quarter and the ball was recovered by J.T. Thomas in the end zone. It marked Hayes’ sixth career forced fumble.
· Linebacker J.T. Thomas paced the Jaguars with a career-high 12 tackles. Rookie linebacker Telvin Smith had 10 tackles, his second straight game with double-digit tackles.
· The Jaguars are one of only three teams (Cleveland, Houston) to not allow a touchdown on their opponents’ first offensive possession. They have allowed only two field goals.
· The Jaguars rushed for 118 yards on 22 carries, the most rushing yards by the club since Nov. 2 at Cincinnati.
· The Jaguars allowed seven sacks, the second-most this season (10, at Washington).
· Wide receiver Allen Hurns had four catches for 42 yards, increasing his season totals to 35 receptions for 530 yards and five touchdowns. He has the most receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in a season by an undrafted player in franchise history.
· Defensive end Chris Clemons registered his sixth career fumble recovery and first since 2012.
· Tight end Clay Harbor had a 17-yard reception and set a single-season career-high with 26 catches.
· The Jaguars matched their season-high with seven penalties.
· Running back Toby Gerhart led the Jaguars with two special teams tackles.
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