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Today at No. 48? Grinding Jacoby Brissett (and a very bad Indianapolis Colts team) into the ground for the second time in two months.
Week 13 — December 3, 2017
After losing the Blaine Gabbert revenge game the week before, the Jaguars came back to Jacksonville for a three-week home stand, the first of them being against the Colts.
And boy was it ugly for the Colts.
On their first drive of the game, the Jaguars continued their trend of trickery on the season. On fourth down, from right around midfield, Brad Nortman threw a pass to James O’Shaughnessy, who was wide open in the middle of the field, taking the fake punt-pass 29 yards.
Brad Nortman to James O’Shaughnessy for a 29-yard pass on the fake punt! Jaguars with a first down in the red zone! pic.twitter.com/1XfVPq9bWx— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) December 3, 2017
The Jaguars were able to take advantage of the fake, scoring on a four-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to Marqise Lee.
The Jaguars wasted no time forcing the issue on offense. Their next drive took them into the red zone once again, though this time coming up short. The 11-play, 57-yard drive was capped off by a 30-yard field goal from Josh Lambo, extending their lead to 10-0.
The Colts were able to put points up on the board for the first time their next drive, reaching the red-zone, but failing to convert. They called out the oldest player in the NFL Adam Vinatieri, who hit a 27-yard field goal and cut the lead to 10-3.
The Jaguars responded with one of the more impressive drives of the year, converting four times on third down, including the drive ending touchdown catch by Keelan Cole, who high pointed the ball in the corner of the end zone. This marked Cole’s first touchdown catch of his career.
The extra point snapped was muffed, and Nortman failed to complete his second pass of the day out of desperation, holding the score to 16-3.
With end of the half winding down, the Colts were driving down the field in hopes of putting some points up on the board. Jalen Ramsey had something to say about that, undercutting a Brissett pass, and picked it off for an interception. This took the Jaguars 16-3 lead into halftime, with a rather dominate first half.
The Jaguars came out of the gates strong in the 2nd half, with two 15-yard plus passes to Lee and Dede Westbrook on the drive. The drive was finished off by a 4 yard run by Leonard Fournette, who walked into the end-zone untouched. The Jaguars went for 2, and a completed fade pass to Marcedes Lewis extended the Jaguars lead to 24-3.
Facing fourth down, the Colts were looking at their last real chance to stay in the game. The Colts came through with a pass to T.Y. Hilton, who was wide open in the middle of the field, turned around and ran it in the end-zone untouched. Vinatieri made the extra point, cutting the lead to 24-10.
The Jaguars next drive included some shake and bake on a 16-yard catch for Lewis, and a beautiful 32-yard throw from Bortles to Cole, which set the Jaguars up inside the Colts 8-yard line. The Jaguars ended up being held to a field goal, with Lambo hitting his second one of the day, giving the Jaguars a 27-10 lead.
In a last ditch effort to come back in the game, Brissett was picked off by Tashaun Gipson, who returned it back around midfield.
The Jaguars added field goal with under 4 minutes to go, with Lambo hitting a 39-yarder, adding on to their lead 30-10.
The Jaguars went on to win the game 30-10, putting them at 8-4 on the season.
Why the ranking at No. 48?
Two things. First, the Jaguars won by 20 or more points which is something that has happened just eight times in the decade. Second, it secured a non-losing season, something the team did just twice in that same time span.
Another domination of our favorite team from Indianapolis!