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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. 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 per carry average and a 14.1 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.