Tuesday, November 23, 2010
AFC South Week 11 decisive moment
By Paul Kuharsky
The Jaguars turned the ball over for a sixth time with 11:18 left in the fourth quarter and the defense was in a bad spot yet again.
But Jacksonville’s defense got off the field in four plays, holding up and allowing only a missed 51-yard field goal attempt by Phil Dawson.
After David Garrard's pass for Marcedes Lewis was intercepted by T.J. Ward and returned for 23 yards, Kirk Morrison made two stops of Peyton Hillis, the first for no gain, the second after two yards.
On third down, Colt McCoy threw incomplete for Brian Robiskie, and after Dawson’s miss, the Jaguars took over and marched 59 yards in 12 plays to a Garrard-to-Lewis 14-yard TD that knotted the game at 17-17.
That stop after the Jaguars’ final turnover was symbolic of a tremendous defensive effort from Jacksonville.
Maurice Jones-Drew’s fumble was returned by Abram Elam for an 18-yard touchdown.
But in the five other sudden change situations, the defense was remarkable. Here’s what the Browns managed after each:
- Three plays, minus-5 yards, no points
- Three plays, minus-4 yards, no points
- Four plays, minus-1 yard, 3 points
- Three plays, minus-1 yard, no points
- Four plays, 2 yards, no points