CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 20: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars scrambles during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert began a drive on his own 29-yard line with 2:49 left on the clock, needing to drive down the field for a touchdown to win. WIth a combination of quick throws and some tough runs by Maurice Jones-Drew, Gabbert began to lead the Jaguars down the football field. The drive was assisted by a pass interference penalty on Browns cornerback Joe Haden that put the Jaguars in the redzone on the Browns 14-yard line. Two plays later, Gabbert hit wide receiver Chastin West for a 9-yard gain to the 5-yard line.
The next couple of plays were some of the most frustrating to watch in recent memory. The Jaguars ran the ball twice with Maurice Jones-Drew, getting stuffed both times. On the second run, precious time was ticking off the clock. Nearly 20 seconds were burned as the Jaguars waited to get lined up and the ball to be set, all while having a timeout left.With just 0:08 left on the clock Blaine Gabbert threw a strike to Jason Hill in the corner of the endzone, but the ball bounced off his chest and fell incomplete. On the last play of the game, Gabbert dropped back and pump faked to his right to wide receiver Mike Thomas then comes back to Thomas, throwing the ball behind him. Thomas barely got a hand on it and it fell incomplete. The last two plays were just the Jaguars season in a nutshell.
One guy drops a game winning touchdown, the next play the rookie can't make the throw. "I've got to find a way - that's on me," said Gabbert. "At the end of the day, my job as a quarterback is to score touchdowns."