It's Finally Over for Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars finished their ultra-disappointing 2008 season with a very predictable 27-7 loss at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.

With an opportunity to play the role of spoiler and ruin the Ravens playoff hopes, the Jaguars defense was almost completely ineffective and their offense was equally as inept. Baltimore dominated Jacksonville in every meaningful statistical category, and the game wasn't nearly as close as the 27-7 margin would suggest.

If you would've asked experts prior to this season who would have the quarterback advantage in this particular game between the Jaguars franchise quarterback David Garrard and the Ravens rookie signal caller Joe Flacco, most would have chosen Garrard. On this day, Garrard looked like the rookie and Flacco looked like the player worthy of postseason play. Garrard completed just 14 of his 25 pass attempts for 127 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. Flacco hit on 17 of his 23 attempts for 297 yards.

The one highlight for the Jaguars came when Garrard hit a wide open Alvin Pearman for a 23-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-3 lead. The Ravens would then score 21 unanswered points by halftime to break the game open, then added just three more in the second half.

Jacksonville was once again led in rushing by Maurice Jones-Drew, who ran for 78 yards on 23 carries, while taking an exceptional beating all day long. Dennis Northcutt again led the Jags in receiving with five catches for just 35 yards, but he missed some opportunities with some dropped passes and had a fumble early in the game.

Mike Peterson, likely playing in his final game as a Jaguar, led the team with 12 tackles. Justin Durant added nine stops, and rookie defensive end Derrick Harvey had his best game as a pro with seven tackles and a pair of sacks.

The Jaguars secondary couldn't cover any of the mostly no-name Baltimore receivers as Mark Clayton, who the Jaguars passed on in the 2005 draft, caught four passes for 128 yards, and Derrick Mason grabbed six passes for 77 yards. Jacksonville allowed 127 yards rushing to the Ravens on 34 attempts.

The Jaguars end their season with a 5-11 record, and the only real positive about the 2008 season is that it's over. Jacksonville should have the seventh or eighth overall pick in April's 2009 draft.


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