With their playoff hopes mostly gone after nine games, the Jacksonville Jaguars hoped to go to the Detroit Lions and start to salvage something out of this somewhat lost season. The game ended with a number of players on the injury report with Patrick Omameh, Aaron Colvin, Marcedes Lewis, and T.J. Yeldon leaving the game early.
But the game started out how a lot of Jaguars games did this year, with two straight punts by both teams.
Then the impossible happened! For the first time in over five games, the Jaguars forced a turnover. Andre Roberts muffed the punt for the Lions, allowing Ben Koyack to recover the ball at the Lions 11-yard line.
The Jaguars were unable to convert that into a touchdown though, settling for a 27-yard field goal by Jason Myers, giving them a 3-0 lead.
The Jaguars would force the Lions into another three-and-out the next drive, hoping to capitalize on their momentum. But the momentum would halt after that, as Chris Ivory fumbled on the following possession in Lions territory, giving the Lions the ball at their own 36 yard line.
Both teams followed with two three and outs after that, but once again the Jaguars special teams play came to bite them. Punting from their own goal line, the Jaguars punted to Andre Roberts, who redeemed himself this time with a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Lions would miss the extra point however, giving them a 6-3 lead.
Once again both teams traded punts again the following possessions. However, the Jaguars were able to take advantage of good field position on the next drive by putting together a seven-play, 54-yard drive capped off by a three-yard touchdown from Bortles to Allen Robinson. Jason Myers would also go on to miss an extra point today, only giving the Jaguars a 9-6 lead.
With less than three minutes left in the first half, the Lions put together a nifty 10-play, 67-yard drive to tie the game up at 9-9, as Matt Prater made a 27-yard field goal to tie the game up at 9-9.
Getting the ball to start the second half, the Jaguars offense hoped to drive down the field and take the lead. However, Bortles could not go another moment without an interception, as he threw a forced ball in the direction of Marqise Lee. The ball was tipped into the hands of Rafael Bush, who returned it 39 yards for a Lions touchdown. Prater made the extra point this time, giving the Lions a 16-9 lead.
The Jaguars responded with a seven-play, 41-yard drive that stalled out, forcing the Jaguars into a 52-yard field goal by Jason Myers, cutting the lead to 16-12.
With another big defensive stop for the Jaguars, the offense had a chance to go down the field and take the lead.
With a couple of big plays by Marqise Lee, including a 29-yard toe tapping catch on the sideline, the Jaguars were able to put the ball in the end-zone once again, this time with a three-yard fade from Bortles to Lee, giving them a 19-16 lead.
The Lions moved won the field the following drive, hoping to tie or take the lead again. However, the Jaguars continued to add to their turnover magic with a forced and recovered fumble by Telvin Smith, setting the Jaguars up with the ball at their own 34-yard line. This marked the first time the defense has forced a turnover since the first half of the game against the Indianapolis Colts in London.
The Jaguars were unable to capitalize at the turnover however, going three and out and punting it back to the Lions.
That would come back to bite the Jaguars, as they had the Lions right where they wanted them on the following drive on third-and-14. Stafford made some magic happen though, stepping up in the pocket and throwing a beautiful pass to Eric Ebron, who followed a few blocks to the Jaguars 8 yard line, giving him a 61-yard catch. Ebron would follow it up it up with the first rushing touchdown of his career on a 1 yard jet sweep to give the Lions a 23-19 lead.
The Jaguars responded in typical Jaguars fashion, going three and out, and forcing the defense once again to win them the game.
After forcing the Lions into a fourth-and-two the following drive, the Jaguars did the unthinkable as they gifted the Lions a first down on an encroachment penalty by Sen'Derrick Marks, on a play in which it was clear as day that the Lions were trying to force the Jaguars to jump offside.
The Lions would kick a field goal with 26 seconds left, extending their lead to 26-19.
The Jaguars ended the game on the most Jaguars note ever, with a Bortles interception in which it bounced off the foot of Marqise Lee. I can't believe that happened two weeks in a row, yet some how it makes so much sense with how the year has gone.
The Jaguars fell to the Lions to the final score of 26-19, and falling to 2-8 on the season. It now marks the 9th straight year the Jaguars have gone without an winning record.