Sunday, December 23, 2012
Wrap-up: Patriots 23, Jaguars 16
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Jaguars' 23-16 loss to the Patriots at EverBank Field:
What it means: The Jaguars, a bad team, can have a good day against a good team and still lose. The Patriots, a good team, can have a bad day against a bad team and still win. Jacksonville was up 10 points, but it was no surprise the Jaguars couldn’t hold on. The Jaguars are now 2-13 and, mercifully, one week away from the offseason.
What it’s impossible to like: Field goals. The Jaguars got just one TD in four chances in the red zone. That’s simply not going to beat a team like New England. Interceptions. Chad Henne threw three of them. Blown leads. The Jaguars were up 10-0 and 13-3 but couldn’t hold on.
Nice job, except for the scoring part: The Jaguars outgained the Patriots 436 yards to 349, including 343 yards through the air. The 436 yards were the second most this season (458 at Houston) and the second game with 400-plus yards this season.
Clutch moments: Chris Prosinski pounced to pick a deflected pass and Derek Cox intercepted a Tom Brady pass intended for Brandon Lloyd. Two picks of Brady in a game is a hard thing to do. But they have to turn into more than field goals.
Doing things: Montell Owens had a 53-yard catch-and-run. Cast predominantly as a special-teamer, he’s been working as the team’s lead back because of so many injuries at the position. And he’s got a 5.0 yards per carry average and a 14.1 yards per catch average.
What’s next: A trip to Nashville for a rematch with the Titans. The Jaguars got one of their two wins against Tennessee 24-19 on Nov. 25 at EverBank Field.