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50 best plays of 2013 - No. 42: Alan Ball vs. Josh Gordon

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We're counting down the 50 best plays of 2013. Who made it at No. 42? Alan Ball, and his man-to-man coverage skills on Josh Gordon.

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In the 50 days leading up to the preseason opener against the Buccaneers, we're counting down the 50 best plays of 2013.

Yesterday at No. 43 was Sen'Derrick Marks and his breakout performance against the St. Louis Rams. At No. 42 was another breakout defender -- Alan Ball.

Ball was a big surprise for the Jaguars in 2013, cementing his role at the outside corner positions and becoming a reliable player in the secondary. He gave up just two touchdowns, allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete just 54.4 percent of their passes, and graded out as the best overall defensive player for the Jaguars according to Pro Football Focus.

And here's just one of the plays that made him great.

With the Cleveland Browns driving at the beginning of the third quarter, Brandon Weeden was targeting Josh Gordon. On what could have been the go-ahead touchdown, Ball makes an athletic play to get higher than Gordon, defends the pass, and nearly makes a circus catch interception.

On Gordon's later 95-yard touchdown, Ball was on the other side of the field. For the most part, Ball neutralized Gordon and limited one of the best receivers in the game to a handful of catches for less than 50 yards and no touchdowns.

Should Ball's defending of Gordon be on the list? Let us know in the comments below!