Jaguars vs. Packers final score: Career-best game from Blaine Gabbert not enough in 24-15 loss

Andy Lyons

Blaine Gabbert finished 27-of-49 with 303 yards and a touchdown, as each he, Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts III had career-best days.

Had I been told prior to the game that the Jaguars would out-gain the Packers, have a longer time of possession and Blaine Gabbert would have a career-best game despite a torn labrum, but the Jaguars would still lose 24-15, I think I would've been ok with that.

Still, it's a little difficult to continue to temper expectations and not feel disappointed as the Jaguars give themselves opportunities to win and subsequently spoil them.

In a game where Blaine Gabbert completed 27-of-49 passes and crossed the 300 yards passing mark for the first time in his career, the game still feels like it could've been better. Had Lewis caught the 30-yarder across the middle, or Justin Blackmon got both feet down on the sideline, or Cecil Shorts III caught the long bomb in the middle of the field, the day could've been Gabbert's.

While it was the Rocky moment that Alfie thought it could be, it was unfortunately Rocky I instead of Rocky II, as Gabbert couldn't carry the Jaguars to a win.

Also joining Gabbert on a day of career highs were both Blackmon and Shorts, as 67 and 116 yards, respectively, were enough to break previous career-bests.

The Jaguars' season looks increasingly like a lost one that will result in many changes at the end of the year. Among the possible changes is the quarterback position, but if Gabbert only has a handful of games left to prove he belongs, he made a positive step towards doing so against the Packers.

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