Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wrap-up: Giants 24, Jaguars 20
By Paul Kuharsky
Some thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-20 loss to the New York Giants:
What it means: Jacksonville fell to 6-5 and could be out of first-place in the AFC South depending on the results of the Indianapolis Colts' games Sunday night against San Diego.
What I didn’t like: Courtney Greene failed to get Giants tight end Kevin Boss down after a 7-yard gain and he went 25 more yards for the winning score. Mike Sims-Walker let a pass bounce off his hands and turn into an interception for the Giants. Jacksonville had no sacks and just one hit on Eli Manning while New York had four sacks and 11 hits (including five by Osi Umenyiora) on David Garrard. The average gain per pass play was 3.1 yards for Jacksonville and 9.4 yards for New York.
What I liked: Garrard scrambled very well and his six carries for 41 yards were a big part of a solid rush day which topped 207 yards. The offense was 10-for-16 on third down while the defense allowed only three conversions in 10 chances for the Giants. The Jaguars ran 23 more offensive plays than their hosts and held the ball for 35:27.
What I want to know: Yes, the Jaguars were looking for a big play, but how could they allow back-to-back-to-back sacks of Garrard on the team’s final three offensive snaps?
What’s next: The Jaguars head to LP Field in Nashville looking to avenge a 30-3 Monday night loss in Jacksonville on Oct. 18.