- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Ryan Robinson of Jaguars.com looked at the final play of Thursday night's Jacksonville-Philadelphia game and came up with these numbers: it lasted 42 seconds and 15 people touched the ball.
"Trailing by one point with 10 seconds remaining, the Jaguars offense started their final drive from their own 23-yard line. Following an incomplete pass on the first play, quarterback Paul Smith hit rookie wideout Todd Peterson for a 19-yard reception as time expired. That is when things got wacky, with 13 laterals that saw every position on offense touch the ball. Here is the play-by-play:
"Peterson to Jarett Dillard to Josh Vaughan to Peterson to Smith to Tiquan Underwood to Tyler Lorenzen to Underwood to Dillard to Smith to Underwood to Cameron Stephenson to Peterson to Lorenzen. After 42 seconds, Lorenzen was finally tackled at the Jaguars 42-yard line for a 19-yard gain on the play."
Some might question why the team went to such lengths on the final play of a preseason game. But a touchdown would have turned a 33-32 loss into a win, and I thought the innovation and effort far outweighed the risk of injury. If I am Jack Del Rio or special teams coach Russ Purnell, I applaud my guys for that.
The longer the Jaguars kept it alive the more certain I felt someone was going to find a lane and be able to get in range of the end zone and maybe flip it back once more to someone who could finish against a tired defense.
Alas it was not to be.