The Raiders had a ten point lead midway through the third quarter Sunday and a chance to get the ball back to their offense.
That’s just the type of situation the cardiac 2010 Jaguars thrive in.
The Jaguars won 38-31 Sunday, yet another thrilling finish for Jacksonville in a season full of them. Maurice Jones-Drew had the game-winning 30-yard touchdown run with under two minutes left, but it was backup Rashad Jennings’ score midway through the third quarter that seemed to turn the tide.
Facing a third-and-two, the Raiders got in a short-yardage defense. Jennings ran right through it for a 76-yard score. Jacoby Ford fumbled the ensuing kickoff and a fun back-and-forth battle continued through the fourth quarter.
While the Raiders’ playoff hopes are on life support at 6-7, the 8-5 Jaguars can now look forward to a monster game in the AFC South next week. Jacksonville could knock the Colts out with a win. (The Jaguars would hold every tiebreaker over Indianapolis.)
Winning on the road in Indianapolis isn’t something the Jaguars usually do. But this Jaguars team is getting used to defying expectations.