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Jaguars can’t overcome Jonathan Taylor, Colts win 28-14

The Jaguars will finish the season with its worst record in history, 1-15.

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

In what will likely lead to many changes on the coaching staff, the Jaguars would be defeated for a 15th-straight game, falling to the division rival Indianapolis Colts 28-14. What would be a valiant effort throughout the contest, the Jaguars simply couldn’t stop the Colts’ running game when they needed to.

The Jaguars will end the season with a franchise-worst record of 1-15, earning the first-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

To begin the game, the Jaguars looked to be off to an unsightly, but familiar spot. The Colts would drive down the field and score a touchdown on its opening possession, thanks in part to rookie running back Jonathan Taylor, who would end the game having rushed 27 times for 241 yards and two touchdowns.

While the Colts did hold a 20-7 lead coming out of the first half of the game, the Jaguars’ offense fought back, scoring just before halftime and in their opening possession in the second half. Starting at quarterback was veteran Mike Glennon, who would earn the nod over second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew II for a second-straight week.

At one point in the contest, Glennon completed 13-straight passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdowns would land in the hands of talented rookie receiver Laviska Shenault Jr., who finished the contest with six receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns.

Glennon would finish the contest by completing 26 out of 42 of his passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked multiple times on the day, and fumbled once during the first half of action. Due to an injury, the Jaguars were forced to sit rookie running back James Robinson for a second-straight game. His replacement, Dare Ogunbowale, would rush 14 times for 50 yards.

While the Jaguars’ defense ultimately couldn’t stop the Colts’ running game, allowing a staggering 270 rushing yards on the day, the most allowed thus far this season, the defense did get a good handle on Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers who completed just 17/27 of his passes for 164 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard secured the team’s lone turnover on the day.

A disappointing end to a disappointing season, the Jaguars and their ownership will likely make quick work in determining the future direction of the franchise, likely with wholesale changes on the way.