Jaguars Report Card vs Patriots

Find out how the Jacksonville Jaguars rated against the New England Patriots.

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- David Garrard raised more questions about his future when he threw two interceptions. The first one was a high throw over the head of tight end Marcedes Lewis on the second to the last play of the first quarter. Lewis was hit and suffered a concussion while Brandon Meriweather intercepted the pass and returned it 56 yards to set up a touchdown that made it 14-0. The second one came midway in the thirds period on a third down play at the Patriots' 5. He threw into double coverage. The Jaguars were trailing 28-0 and that was their last chance to get into the game. Garrard had a 62.9 quarterback rating.

Maurice Jones-Drew had just 63 yards in 18 carries for a 3.5-yard average and was stuffed on fourth-and-1 on his own 35 when coach Jack Del Rio decided to gamble in a scoreless game. The rushing game has been struggling in recent weeks.

As per standing tradition, Tom Brady carved up the Jaguars' defense. He's 5-0 against them and this time completed 23 of 26 passes and four touchdowns. He would have been 24 of 26 but Fred Taylor dropped a screen pass in the fourth quarter. Randy Moss caught three of the TD passes.

The Jaguars pride themselves on stopping the run, but the Patriots gashed the defense for 157 yards on 36 carries. Laurence Maroney was benched after his fumble killed the Patriots first drive at the Jaguars 1, but Sammy Morris ran 12 times for 95 yards, including a 55-yard burst and former Jaguar Fred Taylor added 35 yards in 11 carries in the fourth quarter.

Adam Podlesh dropped two punts inside the 20 and had a 47 yarder. That limited Wes Welker to one return for nine yards. The Patriots only punted once so the punt return game wasn't a factor and the Jaguars didn't try a field goal. The special teams weren't a big factor.

Coach Jack Del Rio didn't appear to have his team ready to play a key game. And his decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 at the Jaguars 35 in a scoreless game in the first quarter on their first series sealed their fate. He also deferred on the opening kickoff after winning the coin toss instead of taking the ball and trying to get the lead. Del Rio is now 31-32 start the start of the 2005 season and 58-55 in seven years with one playoff win.

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