The Cleveland Browns had a lead late in the fourth quarter on Sunday. But the Jacksonville Jaguars had Maurice Jones-Drew.
After a field goal put Cleveland up 20-17 with 2:46 to play, Jones-Drew went to work. He caught a short pass from David Garrard and made a sensational 75-yard winding run down the field to the 1-yard line, and he plunged in for a 1-yard touchdown two plays later, putting Jacksonville ahead 24-20. Cleveland’s final drive would fall short, and that’s the margin the Jaguars won by.
The catch was his biggest highlight, but Jones-Drew was already having a big game even before his fourth-quarter heroics. Overall, Jones-Drew had 24 carries for 132 yards, and another three catches for 87 yards.
Cleveland running back Peyton Hillis had a good receiving game of his own, with six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, but he couldn’t get much going on the ground, with only 48 yards on 21 carries, and a long run of just six yards.
Browns quarterback Colt McCoy had another solid game, completing 17 of 28 passes for 241 yards and adding 39 yards on four rushing attempts. But his interception on a desperation pass at the end of the game sealed the Browns’ loss.
The loss drops Cleveland to 3-7 and effectively ends any hopes the Browns had of being a playoff team. Cleveland is getting better, but for the second straight week the Browns dropped a close one.
Jacksonville, however, is now 6-4 and very much in playoff contention. With the rest of the AFC South struggling, the Jaguars have a real opportunity to win their division.