Jaguars Suffer Costly Defeat to Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins (7-6) defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 14-10, in front of the largest crowd of the season at a Jaguar home game. The loss ended a five-game home winning streak for the Jaguars (7-6). The Dolphins now hold the tiebreaker over the Jaguars for an AFC wild card spot.
Miami was led by quarterback Chad Henne, who passed for 14 first downs. Even with three turnovers (two fumbles and one interception), the Dolphins had 17 more offensive plays than the Jaguars.
Jacksonville struggled mightily to convert on third downs – going 3 of 14. With a pathetic total of 217 yards, the Jaguars just could not offensively move down the field. That needs to change over the next three weeks if Jacksonville plans on making the playoffs.
The Jaguars will stay in Jacksonville for its third consecutive home game in 12 days. The Indianapolis Colts kick off against the Jaguars at 8:20 p.m. on Thursday night, December 17.
Now, on to the Awards…
Key Play of the Game: After wide receiver Torry Holt’s 63-yard reception, Jacksonville was flagged for a delay of game. Following the penalty, the Jaguars went three and out – just gaining another eight yards on a Holt catch. Jacksonville put points on the board with a Josh Scobee 25-yarder. It made the score 14-10. However, a touchdown would have tied the ball game. That delay of game truly killed the Jaguars’ chances of winning the game. It will be remembered for years to come.
Best Director (goes to Jaguar coach or coordinator): After a statement game, I’ll make a statement by leaving this Award on my mantel. Nobody deserves it.
Best Jaguar in a Leading Role: Maurice Jones-Drew, starting running back – Jones-Drew finished the game with 20 touches for 83 total yards and one touchdown. He averaged a measly 3.3 yards per carry. This is the fourth week in a row that Jones-Drew has been held in check. It all started after the national game against the New York Jets. Jones-Drew is a pounder and will not give up on any play. With the touchdown run, he tied Fred Taylor for the single-season rushing touchdown record at 14. I’m expecting a monster game from Jones-Drew on Thursday night against the Colts.
Best Jaguar in a Supporting Role: Tyron Brackenridge, starting cornerback – Starting for the injured Rashean Mathis, Brackenridge made nine solo tackles and forced two fumbles. Minus a handful of catches allowed, he has been a very good replacement for Mathis. Brackenridge, a third-year player, is having the best season of his career. It is evident that starting the last four games has boosted his confidence. But, Brackenridge might be pushed to the bench if Mathis returns for Thursday’s game.
Worst Jaguar: David Garrard, starting quarterback – It was one of Garrard’s worst games of the season. He was 11/26 for 139 passing yards. Garrard’s quarterback rating was his second worst this year – 59.6. After the game, he said he takes “a lot of the blame” for the numerous three and outs. In what was one of the most important games in years for Jacksonville, Garrard was sacked three times, hit five times and had five passes deflected. In key games such as these, the quarterback needs to put the team on his back and lead them to victory. Garrard obviously didn’t do that.
Best Dolphin in a Leading Role: Ricky Williams, starting running back – The 32-year-old back is on his way to his first 1,000-yard rushing season since 2003. With Ronnie Brown out for the year, Williams notched his fourth 100-yard rushing game on Sunday. His 28 carries went for 108 yards and one rushing touchdown. He did fumble the ball three times – losing only one of them. The way Williams runs the ball to finish the season will determine whether the Dolphins clinch an AFC wild card playoff spot. Also, give credit to the Dolphins’ offensive line. Sometimes, the holes Williams ran through were large enough to fit a bus.
Best Dolphin in a Supporting Role: Chad Henne, starting quarterback – The first-year starter was quite extraordinary in a playoff-type atmosphere. At one point, Henne completed 17 straight passes – tying a Miami record only previously held by Chad Pennington. The Michigan product was 21/29 for 220 yards and one interception. Henne did score on a naked bootleg in the second quarter to stretch the lead to 14-0. I was impressed by his composure and his answers in his postgame conference. And, I noticed Henne has a pair of the largest hands I’ve seen on a quarterback. I cannot even imagine what the Dolphins would be capable of this year if Henne had started all of last season instead of Pennington. Henne is an extremely special player.
Best Sound Editing: “I have to adapt.” – running back Maurice Jones Drew in his postgame conference. He told the story of how giraffes had to adapt to their surroundings, thus explaining why they now have long necks instead of short ones. It definitely lightened the mood. It still doesn’t erase the Jaguars’ loss.
Best Animated Short (goes to the player with the most passion on the field): Terrance Knighton, defensive tackle – Even though Miami’s ground game earned 146 yards against Jacksonville, Knighton played one of his better games of the season. With Henderson out of the lineup, Knighton, a rookie out of Temple, recorded one sack, a quarterback pressure, four solo tackles and a pass deflection. This big-game playing time will show in a couple of years. Knighton is a big boy with lots of upside.
Tweet of the Week (Twitter post): “Wake up people, I’m in treatment gettin this calf back right!!! Big game tomorrow and I’m trying everything in my power to play!!” – wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker on Saturday, December 12. He had one reception for six yards against Miami. During the past two games, Sims-Walker had only two catches.
Offensive guard Kynan Forney
Safety Courtney Greene
Defensive end Chris Harrington
Defensive tackle John Henderson (shoulder)
Cornerback Rashean Mathis (groin)
Offensive lineman Paul McQuistan
Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood
Defensive end Julius Williams
Other Jaguar notes:
Defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison started for the injured John Henderson. Ellison made one tackle.
For the second consecutive week, defensive end Derrick Harvey recorded a sack. He also contributed five tackles.
The starting linebackers – Justin Durant, Clint Ingram and Daryl Smith – made 19 total tackles and a pass deflection.
Fill-in linebacker Russell Allen had a notable game with four solo tackles. He made a stellar bone-crushing hit on Ricky Williams.
Fullback Greg Jones left in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. He went to the locker room for X-rays. No word yet on his status.
Quarterback David Garrard connected with seven different receivers.
Wide receiver Torry Holt has a reception in 166 consecutive games.
For Sunday’s game, 60,457 tickets were distributed. A good portion of those tickets must have been purchased by Dolphin fans.
The turnstile count was 57,444. That is the best number all year. It was a sea of orange in certain sections.