Eli thrived with a depleted receiving crew, led by Manningham
Well, there was no dramatic finish for the Jacksonville Jaguars this time around.
The Jacksonville Jaguars played very well in the first half of their game but the offense sputtered in the second half and the defense allowed too many big plays to Eli Manning and the Giants and it would cost them the game.
David Garrard finished the game completing 20 of his 35 passes for 162 yards and an INT. The INT came on their opening drive of the 2nd half. The rest of the way, the Jags offense was inconsistent and did not find the success that they had in the first half. The first half saw them rush for 145 yards and score 17 points. In the second half, they only put up 3 points and a total of 92 yards. A turnover with about a minute and half remaining threw away any hopes for a comeback. Meanwhile, the Giants who came into the game leading the league in turnovers had zero on the day.
Had they won, the Jaguars would have increased their lead in AFC South and be in absolute control of their playoff destiny. Now, things have gotten a little tougher and they will need to start relying on other teams to beat their opponents from the AFC South if they want to win the division. The last month of the season will be a tough one and hopefully this loss does not come back to haunt them.
While the Jaguars put up some fabulous numbers against one of the best defenses in the NFL, they did not have the upper hand in the number that matter most-the score. They had 26 first downs (most for any team against Giants defense), converted 10 of 16 third downs and had a total of 207 rushing yards. But, the final score read 24-20 in favor of the Giants and the Jaguars are now 6-5.
The Jaguars will travel to Tennessee and face the Titans next Sunday at 1:00 pm.