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After failed fourth-and-1, Jaguars left to ponder what might have been again

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 14: Wide receiver Allen Hurns #88 of the Jacksonville Jaguars points to the sky before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

One of yesterday’s surprises was the Jaguars offense standing toe-to-toe with the Packers, and matching punches most of the day.

The Packers got the last one in, as the Jags’ final drive ended when a fourth-and-1 pass was thrown behind the sticks and wide receiver Allen Hurns couldn’t convert, triggering the immediate frustration of what could have been.

“You can always learn from a game whether it’s a win or a loss,” Hurns said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “But we wanted to finish out this game and get a win because it’s been a tough time for us in this organization the last couple years. I think we’re headed in the right direction. We just have to finish it off.”

The bigger question might have been why they called such a play to begin with, but with the Packers sensing their desperation and sending the house on a blitz, quarterback Blake Bortles had to get the ball out quickly and hope for the best.

“We have to catch it and get the first down,” coach Gus Bradley said.

“Didn’t get it done. Not good enough. Unacceptable,” center Brandon Linder said.

“On fourth-and-1, I have to find a way to get a yard,” Hurns said. “This one hurts, especially with [us] going back and forth against a good team. We wanted to see what we had in Week 1, but we didn’t finish it off right.”

That will make people wonder if these are the same old Jaguars, despite being so close to what would have been a breakthrough win for a young team.

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22 Responses to “After failed fourth-and-1, Jaguars left to ponder what might have been again”
  1. shackdelrio says: Sep 12, 2016 6:40 AM

    That fourth and one play call was inexcusable.

    Bad clock management

    Wasted time outs

    Poor play calling

    This loss is on the coach. Bradley just is not the guy that will lead this roster to success. The talent is there. Now they just need to find the guy to lead that talent.

  2. harness88 says: Sep 12, 2016 6:54 AM

    Pack got very lucky….

  3. otheirony says: Sep 12, 2016 7:03 AM

    Jags are tough. Same old jags? I don’t think so. They’re a good team.

  4. jagsfan85 says: Sep 12, 2016 7:22 AM

    Really the same old Jags???? Stop it they went toe to toe with the Packers…clearly its not the same old jags, because it would have been last years Pats vs Jags game if so. 1 bad play call/decision lost this game..

  5. cheapseater says: Sep 12, 2016 7:30 AM

    Not the best call, but not the dumbest. Chris Ivory is the only reliable short yardage back and he was in the hospital. They had every guy up on the line. It was 2 Allens vs 2 CBs on the right. I would have been throwing it too…just not behind the LOS…

  6. jjb0811 says: Sep 12, 2016 7:56 AM

    Another moral victory for the Jags. Too bad they don’t count in the standings.

  7. razzzmajazzz says: Sep 12, 2016 9:28 AM

    Greg Olson is the only OC in the league who on 4th and 1 can find a play that doesn’t extend past the first down. What is this guy’s problem?

  8. stellarperformance says: Sep 12, 2016 9:31 AM

    The Jaguars have absolutely nothing to hang their heads over. They have a very good team, a top-drawer offense, and they will be competing for their division this year.

    The Packers are fortunate to have gotten them early. The Packers are good too, but were very shaky at times.

    This Jaguar team is going places, mark my words.

  9. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 12, 2016 10:14 AM

    The Jags gave my Packers all they could handle yesterday. Blake Bortles is the real deal, Gus Bradley has all kinds of guts, and his players dug deep and gave it all. I honestly thought they were going to score and win on that last drive.

    There is NO shame in this loss.

  10. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 12, 2016 10:24 AM

    “going toe-to-toe” against turd town isn’t a huge feat. not sure why the media sniffs their jocks so hard.

  11. LombardisHouse says: Sep 12, 2016 10:38 AM

    Jags are a 10 win team this year might make the playoffs. No one should take them liggtly. Packets offense picked up where they left off last year very sporadic but it is the first game, they have to many weapons to stay down. They’ll get it on track next week and and kick purples ars.

  12. qoojo says: Sep 12, 2016 10:50 AM

    If it was me, you knew that the packers were thin at CB by that point in the game. So spread it out, and throw to guy covered by Gunter CB who had troubles all day. I think Rollins might have even been playing again by that time, another CB that had issues and was pulled. Packers even called a timeout to help the jags get it together.

    As a packers fan, I could see the defense blowing it again, and I was surprised to see the jags not get the first down. Burnett and company had been making bonehead interference penalties all day.

  13. bigdaddyrockytop says: Sep 12, 2016 11:12 AM

    The Jags impressed yesterday. If they play like this the rest of the season they are definitely not the same old Jags.

  14. bigjdve says: Sep 12, 2016 11:23 AM

    They need to address the play calling. A bubble screen is not something that you throw on 4th and 1, nor is it one that you thrown at the end of the game when you need to score.

  15. atthemurph says: Sep 12, 2016 12:47 PM

    The call wasn’t bad. It was simply a very good play by the Packers defense to be able to stop it. Those big receivers v. smaller DBs should allow for a guy to get 1 yard.

    But Micah Hyde made the one of the plays of the game and the rest of the defense swarmed to the ball.

    Sometimes the defense simply wins on what is a good call was executed properly.

    Hats off to both sides. Good game.

  16. mrtzl20 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:51 PM

    Green Bay won because they played mistake free football. Won the turnover battle 1-0, that was the difference in this game. Hopefully the Jags gained some confidence.

  17. BigVinnyInJax says: Sep 12, 2016 2:29 PM

    A loss is a loss and this is just one more in a staggering column full of L’s for the Jaguars.

  18. chris1cat says: Sep 12, 2016 4:06 PM

    Good game Jags you got 15 more and you’ll be fine, I like your team.
    I hope you’ll watch the Vikings Sunday night and root them on!

  19. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 12, 2016 5:25 PM

    Jag fans- don’t get too pumped this isn’t the same ol’ Packers of a few years ago. Definately not what you’d use as a gauge of some sort of accomplishment.

  20. wafflestomp says: Sep 12, 2016 5:33 PM

    Green Bay needs to fix their communication problems on offense.
    Getting the O-line on the same page as the skill position players would be a big help.
    They also need to get the plays in smoother/quicker.
    The delay of game penalty after a timeout was inexcusable.
    Luckily, these are fixable situations and should be taken care of.

    I will chime in on the fact that the Jags are team definitely on the rise. Bortles, along with Carr, are talented young guns and the future of this league.

  21. icebowler says: Sep 12, 2016 5:45 PM

    I’m just glad the Pack squeaked out a W before Jacksonville’s new defense really gels. Hope the Jags’ D stuffs the Viks in early December.

  22. beerbratscheese says: Sep 12, 2016 5:56 PM

    I really would have liked to see that pass interference be called when Jordy Nelson was pulled to the ground, possibly preventing the Jaguars from even having that drive, but other calls were missed on both teams, so I guess it worked itself out anyway and the better team won regardless.

    The Jaguars gave us a heck of a scare though.

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