With the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos coming in town, the Jacksonville Jaguars hoped to play spoiler and avoid double digit losses for the sixth year in a row.
Instead they put on a punting clinic and wasted yet another standout defensive performance.
The first quarter was a snoozefest, as the play by both teams may have set football back 25 years. Each team traded punt for the first seven drives, with the Broncos having the edge with four punts.
The Jaguars finally got some good field position in the beginning of the second quarter, however they failed to drive the length of the field as Blake Bortles missed Marqise Lee on an overthrow on 3rd and 3. The Jaguars would settle for a field goal, as Jason Myers would make a 47-yard one.
The Broncos would respond accordingly with a eight-play, 75-yard drive highlighted by a roughing the passer penalty on Telvin Smith, and a couple of good carries by Kapri Bibbs. Devontae Booker capped it off with an impressive run, in which he was stopped initially, but kept fighting and pushing the pile, forcing himself into the end-zone on a six-yard run.
The Jaguars looked to respond with a drive of their own, as they had a nice drive going with a 21-yard pass to Allen Robinson, and a 10-yard end around run by Marqise Lee. Things would turn ugly though, as Allen Robinson bobbled a nicely thrown ball by Bortles on a back shoulder route, bobbling it right into the hands of Chris Harris Jr. who would return the interception 36 yards to Denver's 49-yard line.
Punts by both teams would follow the interception.
The Broncos would get the ball back with 1:00 left on the clock and take advantage of the situation, setting themselves up in field goal range and extending their lead to 10-3 with 34 yard kick by Brandon McManus.
After both teams traded three and outs to start the second half, the Jaguars hoped to drive down field and potentially tie the game. A familiar foe appeared though, as Bortles threw an interception while being hit to Bradley Robey, who would return in back for a touchdown for 51 yards, giving the Broncos as 17-3 lead. This marked the 11th pick-six of Bortles' career, and the third of this season.
Both teams went three and out consecutively after the pick six, and the Jaguars had their backs against the wall with time running out in the third quarter.
With their backs against the wall, the Jaguars responded well as they drove down the field on a 12-play, 70-yard drive which was capped off by touchdown run by Blake Bortles on a crucial fourth-and-4. This cut the lead down to 17-10, and got the Jaguars back in the game.
With another stop by the defense on the following drive, the Jaguars had the opportunity to go down the field and tie the game. The Jaguars would drive to the Broncos 38, but be stopped short on a fourth down attempt on a failed throw and completion to Allen Robinson. Robinson would then draw a personal foul penalty, as he took off his helmet arguing with an official on the field.
After the next three drives each ended in punts, the Jaguars got the ball left with 2:59 on the clock, and all timeouts left. The Jaguars left a lot to be desired though, as they went three and out, punting it back to the Broncos with 2:08 left to go in the game, and forcing their defense to give them another chance once a again.
The defense once again stepped up late in the game, and gave the offense one last chance to tie it, The Jaguars did what the Jaguars usually do though, fall flat on their face. On second-and-10, Bortles was forced into the middle of a crunched pocket and fumbled, as Shane Ray recovered for the Broncos at the Jaguars' 29-yard line.
Denver would kick a field goal following the turnover, sealing the game for them at a score of 20-10.
The Jaguars would fall to that score, and fall to 2-10 on the season, extending their losing streak to seven games.