Jaguars Offense Frozen by Bears

The Jaguars offense was as cold as the 19 degree temperature in Chicago, as they scored just 10 points and had just 278 yards rushing.

Once again, Jaguars quarterback David Garrard was ineffective as he completed just 19 of 38 passes for just 178 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Garrard checked down and held the ball far too often, as evidenced by his leading receiver being running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who caught seven passes for 47 yards. Jaguars receivers caught just seven passes on the day.

Disaster struck early for the Jaguars as quarterback David Garrard inexplicably threw into triple coverage and was picked off by Bears corner Daniel Manning on his first pass attempt. The Bears returned the interception to the Jacksonville five yard line and they cashed in on the second play as Kyle Orton hit tight end Desmond Clark with a two-yard strike to put Chicago up 7-0.

The Jaguars were able to recover from their early mistake and drive down the field on their second possession thanks to the running of Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor. Jacksonville moved 51 yards in 12 plays, but the drive predictably ended with a Josh Scobee field goal, this one from 42 yards to cut the Chicago lead to 7-3.

The Bears moved down the field with ease on their second possession as they used a mix of Matt Forte and Kyle Orton to breeze through the Jacksonville defense. The Jaguars defense bent but didn't break as Chicago was able to move 82 yards in 14 plays which resulted in a 22-yard field goal by Robbie Gould.

On their second to last possession before halftime, the Bears began at the Jacksonville 23 thanks to a great defensive series and a big punt return by Devin Hester. The Jaguars defense stiffened, but Chicago was still able to boot a 36-yard field goal to take a 13-3 lead.

The Jaguars offense was non-existent once again and the Bears had one last drive before halftime and they made the most of it. Chicago drove down the field 73 yards in just under a minute as Kyle Orton hit tight end Greg Olsen on a 22-yard touchdown pass to put Chicago up 20-3 right before the half. Orton finished the half completing 13 of 21 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Jaguars signal caller David Garrard was an abysmal 4/12 passing for 32 yards with an interception with a passer rating of 7.6. The Jaguars finished the first half with just 102 total yards of offense and four first downs.

The Jacksonville defense held up for much of the second half despite the numerous wasted offensive opportunities. The Jaguars finally found the end zone at the beginning of the fourth quarter as Maurice Jones-Drew caught a four yard touchdown pass from Garrard. The drive consumed 3:32 and went 76 yards in nine plays to trim the Chicago lead to 20-10.

The Bears then took the ball right down the field and cashed in with a field goal as Kyle Orton hit numerous receivers on a seven-play, 55 yard drive. The kick gave Chicago a commanding 23-10 advantage which proved to be more than enough points for Chicago on this day.

The Jacksonville defense was stingy in the second half, as they held the Bears to just 90 yards and three points. Brian Williams led the Jaguars with 10 tackles. Daryl Smith added seven tackles, and Justin Durant added five tackles and two passes defensed.

The Jaguars, considered a Super Bowl contender before the season fell to 4-9 with Green Bay coming to Jacksonville next Sunday.

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