The Jaguars won the toss and elected to defer, giving the ball to Philip Rivers and company first. The Chargers cashed in and made Jacksonville pay with an 80-yard, 13-play drive. Rivers was a perfect 6-for-6 on the 7:37 drive and Danny Woodheadcapped it off with two-yard run for a 7-0 lead. On the Jags first offensive drive of the game, they drove it into Chargers territory and seemed poised to put up points, but back to back sacks by Corey Liuget and Jahleel Addaepushed them out of field goal range and they were forced to punt. After a touchback, Rivers hit Keenan Allen for a 27-yard gain. After consecutive penalties of a hold and false start followed then by a sack, it looked like the Bolts would have to punt. However, an unsportsmanlike conduct call on the Jaguars Sen’Derrick Marks gave the Chargers a first down.
This wasn’t just one more loss. Not to Head Coach Gus Bradley and not to the Jaguars’ players, either. So, if the seventh loss of the 2013 season felt similar to the first six, and if it has been difficult to see a difference from one week to another throughout this season... Well, maybe that’s true outside the team. But it’s not that way to players, and it’s sure not that way to Bradley. That’s what made the aftermath of Chargers 24, Jaguars 6 at EverBank Field on an otherwise perfect October Sunday afternoon notable, significant. What happened Sunday wasn’t progress, wasn’t improvement.
Wide receiver Cecil Shorts admitted he played in pain Sunday, but insisted that had no effect on two drops that cost the Jaguars a pair of scores in their 24-6 loss to San Diego."I put the blame on myself," Shorts said. "Those were two slants that are routine for me. I’ve made them a hundred times in practice and a hundred times in games. They were easy catches and I messed up. I’m not holding my head down, but I was very upset with myself. I was in here crying. It’s part of the game. I’ll bounce back and play well this week."
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