The Jaguars came into Sunday trying to avoid the distinction of being the first team to lose to the St.Louis Rams in 2009. They seemed to try their best to give away the game, but in the end survived a hard fought game, coming out on top 23-20 in overtime to move to 3-3 on the season.
Maurice Jones-Drew was the workhorse in the game for the Jags, rushing the ball 33 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and he also caught five passes for 45 yards. He broke tackles all day long, showing the kind of toughness the Jags and the rest of the league have seen more than one in the past.
Jacksonville did have to rally, as they trailed 7-0, then 10-6 at the half after a 52-yard field goal by Josh Brown. With Jones-Drew and QB David Garrard setting the tempo on offense, the Jags rallied to score a TD with Jones-Drew going over from a yard out with 8:05 remaning to make it 13-10.
The Jags were looking to ice the game with less than five minutes left, but a major mistake almost cost them. Garrard threw in the flat to Jones-Drew, but the ball arrived just as Rams linebacker Leonard Little did, and the vet made a heads up play, goig 36 yards for a score to give the Rams a stunning 17-13 lead with 4:36 left.
Determined to close the game out, the Jags came right back. Garrard led a quick 10-play drive that was highlighted by a big 26-yard pass play to Mike Sims-Walker that put the ball at the St.Louis 18. Jones-Drew ended the drive with a three-yard TD with 1:53 left to make it 20-17.
St.Louis though didn’t go down easy, as they rallied with a big play to Steven Jackson, and with four seconds left Browns nailed a 27-yard field goal to tie the game at 20, sending it to OT.
The Jags offense looked to put together an OT drive to end the game, and they did. They went 62 yards in exactly seven minutes. Garrard was 6-for-7 for 42 yards, and five runs by Jones-Drew set up Josh Scobee’s 36-yard game winning kick for the 23-20 win.
“I just wanted to show people my frustration of losing,” Jones-Drew said. “I feel we are on the verge of being great, but we just have to feel the same way about frustration. I lashed out a little bit. I think I went overboard, but the coaches understood after I talked to them and told them what it was about.”
The now .500 Jags are on the bye next week before they play in Tennessee on November 1st.