The Jaguars defense erased any doubts about effort or desire Monday night at home, as the Jags clawed their way to an impressive 12-7 win over the Baltimore Ravens, a team many feel could be the AFC rep in Super Bowl XLVI.
Blaine Gabbert got his first win as a pro, and it came against a defense in Baltimore that many felt was going to eat him up. Instead, it was the Jags D that made it a long night against Joe Flacco, who was held to 21-for-38 passing for 137 yards with one score.
Jacksonville’s offense came off the foot of Josh Scobee, who kicked three 50+ yard field goals, all of which seemed to go right down the middle. The final one came with 1:43 left to make it a five-point game.
Gabbert’s numbers don’t tell the story about how well the young QB played. He was 9-for-20 for just 93 yards, and took four sacks for negative 20 yards. Unlike Flacco, who threw a pick to end the final Ravens threat, Gabbert didn’t turn the ball over all night.
Maurice-Jones Drew did have a tough night, as he fumbled three times, but he did lead the team with 105 yards on 30 carries, being the workhorse of the team. Deji Karim had 28 yards on 7 carries, as the Jags had 205 yards of offense.
The Ravens managed no first downs in the first half, and just 10 on the night. They put up just 145 yards of offense, and the Jags tough D held Ray Rice to 28 yards on 8 carries. The Ravens were also just 2-for-12 on third downs. The Jags held the ball for 36:15 to 23:45 for the Ravens.
Scobee kicked a 54-yard field goal with 1:42 left in the first quarter to make it 3-0. His 54-yard kick with 5:58 left in the second quarter made it 6-0 at the half.
After a strong drive to start the third quarter, the Jags made it 9-0 with a Scobee 22-yard field goal at the 6:30 mark.
With 2:02 left in the game, the Ravens finally broke their shutout, as Joe Flacco hit Anquan Boldin down the middle for 5 yard touchdown to make it 9-7.
The Jags got a break when the Ravens were flagged on the onside kick for illegal touching, and the Jags ran the ball three straight times, setting up Scobee for his third 50+ yard field goal, this one from 51 to make it 12-7 with 2:02 left.
The final Ravens chance was stopped when Drew Coleman picked off Flacco’s second pass and sealed the win to move the Jags to 2-5 on the year.
The Jags are in action Sunday, as they play at Houston at 1pm.