JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars went nearly
four years without scoring 30 points -- an NFL-record streak that
players and coaches had grown tired talking about.
Greg Jones ran for a career-high 106 yards and a touchdown, Matt
Jones had a career-high 117 yards receiving and a score and the
Jaguars ended their dubious streak with a 30-3 victory over the
slumping Ravens on Sunday.
"We can finally put that 30-point thing to rest," coach Jack
Del Rio said. "We got that done and out of the way."
Jacksonville (6-3) had gone 58 games without scoring at least 30
points. The Jaguars tied Cleveland's NFL record last week against
Houston. Cleveland set the mark between 1995 and 2001 (the Browns
didn't field a team in 1996-98).
The Jaguars ended the scoring slump with a field goal and a late
defensive touchdown -- which came off the last of three
interceptions thrown by Boller.
On the ensuing possession, Mike Peterson intercepted a pass and
returned it 26 yards for a score that put the Jaguars at the
30-point mark for the first time since Dec. 23, 2001 -- a 33-3
victory over Minnesota.
The Jags celebrated like they were headed to the playoffs.
Of course, the streak had become a sore subject in the locker
room, especially after Del Rio predicted his team would hit the
30-point plateau several times this season.
"We're going to ride this wave all the way into the playoffs,"
said Peterson, who scored his first career touchdown.
The Ravens (2-7) also had Boller in the lineup for the first
time since the season opener. Boller was sacked four times and
harassed into the interceptions. He finished 19-of-33 for 142 yards
after completing his first seven passes.
"I don't have the answers," said Boller, who missed seven
games after hyperextending a toe on his right foot in the opener
against Indianapolis. "It's just frustrating."
Baltimore lost its fourth consecutive game and eighth in a row
on the road. The Ravens also extended their streak of not scoring a
touchdown to 11 quarters.
"The reality of the situation is that we're not a very good
football team," Baltimore defensive end Anthony Weaver said.
"Does that mean we're going to stop working? Does that mean we'll
stop getting better? No. We just go back to work and try to get a
"Regardless of your playoff situation or not, it's all about
The Jags rebounded from a slow start for the second straight
week and improved to 6-3 for the second consecutive season under
Last year, the Jags followed the strong start with three
straight losses. Now, they play the next three on the road --
against Tennessee, Arizona and Cleveland.
The Jaguars could be without Fred Taylor for part of that
stretch. Taylor missed Sunday's game with a badly bruised right
But at least the Jaguars found a backup.
Greg Jones became the first Jacksonville running back since 2001
not named Taylor to run for 100 yards. Stacey Mack was the last to
It was Jones' first 100-yard game since his junior season at
Florida State. He ran for 189 yards against rival Miami on Oct. 12,
2002, then tore a ligament in his right knee three weeks later. He
spent much of his senior season recovering, fell to the second
round of the 2004 draft and was moved to fullback this past spring.
"It's been a long time coming," said Jones, who capped a
92-yard drive in the third quarter with a 1-yard TD run. "I'm
going to celebrate this one."
Matt Jones, the team's first-round pick this year, did even more
damage. He had catches of 32 and 36 yards before the 42-yarder late
-- when everyone thought the Jags would just run out the clock.
"Some young, talented players that we have selected in the
draft are growing up and blossoming right now for us and they are
producing," Del Rio said.
Ravens coach Brian Billick said he had no problem with the
Jaguars passing and trying to score late in the game: "That is a
competitive team that is trying to make the playoffs, trying to
create an identity. I have no problem with that." ... Jags WR
Ernest Wilford sprained his right shoulder in the fourth quarter
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