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Jaguars-Patriots one-liners

The Jaguars defense was unable to come up with an answer for the Patriots passing game en route to a 35-7 loss.

In the wake of the loss, Don Banks of SI.com writes that the Jaguars “turned out to be who we thought they were,” i.e. a team without playoff makeup.

Jaguars QB David Garrard threw a pair of interceptions, but coach Jack Del Rio said that the loss can’t be put solely on his shoulders.

Said Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew, “It hurts more because you go into the game so high on your team and
yourself and you want to go out and show the world what you can do and
the last three weeks we pretty much laid an egg. That is the toughest
part about it. You’re supposed to play your best ball in December and
we’re not playing our best ball at all.”

Del Rio chose to go for a first down on a fourth-and-one from the Jaguars 35 in the first quarter, largely because he didn’t trust his defense’s ability to make stops.

Patriots QB Tom Brady was 23 of 27 for 267 yards and four touchdowns.

Patriots WR Wes Welker had 13 catches for 138 yards, tying the NFL record for most games with 10+ catches in one season and breaking his own franchise record for most catches in a season.

The Patriots secondary made a plethora of big plays, including interceptions by S Brandon Meriweather and CB Shawn Springs.

After RB Lawrence Maroney was benched for fumbling, the Patriots turned to RB Sammy Morris and he responded with 95 yards on 12 carries.

Patriots RB Fred Taylor also saw action against his former team and finished with 35 yards rushing in his first game action since early October.

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3 Responses to “Jaguars-Patriots one-liners”
  1. FireJerryJones says: Dec 28, 2009 2:38 PM

    Last week Belichick told media that stats are for losers. Gotta believe Sammy Morris would have felt like a winner if they had given him two more touches so he could get 100 yards.
    Patriots have a funny way of making opponents feel like they didn’t produce… Not sure how Jacksonville can beat anyone scoring only 7 points. They made Patriots defense look pretty good.

  2. Ytsejamer1 says: Dec 28, 2009 3:42 PM

    Even though the Pats last drive didn’t end up in any points (not that they were needed), it was one helluva drive that lasted about 11 minutes! That’s what they need to try and do in the playoffs…keep their defense off the field.

  3. Backinthesaddle says: Dec 28, 2009 7:51 PM

    The Pats dominated the game on both sides of the ball from start to finish.
    Also, the Pats defense seems to be tighter now that James Sanders is back in at safety. I think he knows the system better and calls the defensive secondary alignments better. No blown coverages with him in there. McGowen is a player for sure. Brings the lumber up in the box. I like him. But I’m seeing the smarts and experience of Sanders having a big benefit over the last several games.
    If the Pats can consistently deliver this level of play they’ll be tough in the playoffs, particularly getting Wilfork and Warren back.

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