The Jacksonville Jaguars offense was bad (again!) against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday, but thankfully the defense (and to a lesser extent special teams) bailed this team out for another tough win, despite the best efforts of the NFL league office and referees on the field.
Typically, the drive of the game goes to a long, sustained drive on offense, but this time it goes to the defense and their second-to-last drive of the game — a drive where they played exactly like an elite defense would and should.
Down 13-7, the Browns defense forced a three-and-out on Blake Bortles & Co. and the punt went into the end zone. DeShone Kizer took the ball over with 80 yards to go for glory.
And then the defense made the play of the game.
Play #1: 1st and 10 at CLE 20
That’s right — this week’s drive of the game is a one-play strip-sack by Yannick Ngakoue so that Telvin Smith could get the game-sealing touchdown.
Ngakoue is going against backup left tackle Spencer Drango, who was abused by Ngakoue all game long. By the end of the play, Drango is on his stomach cursing the gods as he watches Telvin dancing in the end zone. Yannick is also on the ground, but only because Malik Jackson wasn’t looking where he was going.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!