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Sunday, December 28, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Ravens 27, Jaguars 7

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Jaguars are about 20 points worse than the lowest-seeded team in the AFC playoff field.

In a 27-7 loss in Baltimore Sunday, Jacksonville was unable to come close to playing the role of the spoiler and did not influence the final wild-card slot.

Jacksonville went into the second quarter with a 7-3 lead and went into halftime with a 24-7 deficit.

They gave it away four times as their top offensive people failed to protect the ball -- David Garrard threw two interception and Maurice Jones-Drew, who played hurt, lost a fumble, as did the receiver who led the team in catches, Dennis Northcutt.

The Jaguars didn't threaten with any sort of explosive plays, which has been the case for many Baltimore victims and has been the case for Jacksonville too often in a lost year. Garrard connected on two 23-yard throws and finished with a woeful 5.08 yards per pass attempt.

Let the purging and rebuilding begin.