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.