Plays that shaped the season: No. 2

February, 13, 2014
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In this series, Michael DiRocco counts down the 10 plays that shaped the Jaguars' season.

Play No. 2: Short's redemption

Situation: Third-and-9 from the Cleveland 20-yard line.

Score: Cleveland leading, 28-25.

Time: 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

[+] EnlargeCecil Shorts
Andrew Weber/USA TODAY SportsCecil Shorts redeemed himself by beating Browns Pro Bowler Joe Haden as the Jaguars rallied in Cleveland.
DiRocco's take: The Jaguars appeared to be headed for another loss in typical Jaguars fashion by giving up a 95-yard touchdown pass to fall behind 28-25 with 3:55 remaining. However, quarterback Chad Henne drove the Jaguars 80 yards on nine plays, capping the drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Cleveland native Cecil Shorts. Shorts, who had two drops earlier in the game, had pretty much been bottled up by Browns cornerback Joe Haden until then but beat the Pro Bowler with a double move.

Season impact: Shorts' touchdown catch gave the Jaguars their first back-to-back victories since the 2010 season. It also ended up being the middle game in a three-game winning streak. Shorts appeared in just one more game before being shut down for the final three games of the season because of a groin injury that required surgery. He finished with 66 catches for 777 yards and three touchdowns, solid numbers but disappointing for Shorts because he was hoping to crack the 1,000-yard barrier for the first time in his career.

Quote: "I can't really put it into words. It's a dream come true. For that play to happen in this game, in that situation, and in the hometown ... That last drive, guys were making plays and that one felt good." -- Shorts

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ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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