5 things to know after Jaguars beat Browns 32-28
They were a joke, an easy punch line for late-night TV talk-show
hosts. The Jacksonville Jaguars were the NFL’s bottom feeders,
They’re not so funny looking now.
Chad Henne’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts, playing his
first game as a pro in his hometown, with 40 seconds left sent the
Jaguars to their third win in four games, 32-28 on Sunday over the
Browns, who lost their third straight game and maybe another
starting quarterback with a concussion.
After a 0-8 start, the Jaguars (3-9) have turned things around.
With three road wins and consecutive victories, they believe this
season can be salvaged.
”We are getting that positive feeling from winning,”
linebacker Paul Posluszny said. ”We feel like we’re headed in the
Down 28-25 after the Browns (4-8) took the lead on Brandon
Weeden’s 95-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon, who had 261
receiving yards, two TDs and became the first player in a league
history to record consecutive 200-yard games, Henne drove the
Jaguars 80 yards for the go-ahead score.
On third-and-9, Henne lofted a perfect pass to the left corner
for Shorts, who beat Browns star cornerback Joe Haden, hauled in
the throw and got both feet down in the end zone before tumbling
out of bounds and celebrating with his teammates.
It was an unforgettable moment for Shorts, who earlier this week
said ”I’m all Cleveland” and talked about the excitement of
returning to play in front of family and friends. His TD catch also
nullified a couple drops for the young receiver.
”For that play to happen in this game, in that situation, and
the hometown,” Shorts said. ”It’s a dream come true.”
The Browns’ nightmare continues.
With six losses in seven games, Cleveland’s hopeful season has
shattered. When they improved to 4-5 following a win over
Baltimore, the Browns and their fans dared to consider the
possibility of getting back into the playoffs for the first time
since 2002. But losses to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville
have changed everything.
”We can’t stand losing, it hurts,” said Haden, who fought back
tears following the game. ”I go out there and put my heart out
there every time. Every time. And we end up coming up short.”
Haden took the blame for allowing Shorts to get by him on a
double move, but several of his teammates absolved Haden, who
earlier had his fourth interception and is having a Pro
”Something like that, that’s on the entire defense, that’s not
on one man and it would be a crime to put it on one man,”
linebacker and captain D’Qwell Jackson said. ”It’s 11 guys out
there each and every snap.”
Five things learned following the Jaguars’ comeback win:
WEEDEN WOBBLED: Weeden, who threw three touchdown passes, two
interceptions – in the final 2:35 of the first half – while passing
for 370 yards, was diagnosed with a concussion following the game.
Per league rules, he was not permitted to speak with reporters.
A team spokesman did not know when Weeden was injured.
Weeden started because Jason Campbell is out with a concussion.
If Weeden and Campbell remain sidelined, the Browns may have to
start Alex Tanney, recently signed off Dallas’ practice squad, next
Sunday at New England.
TRICKY PLAY: Maurice Jones-Drew has won plenty of games with his
legs, and this time he helped with his arm.
Jacksonville’s running back threw an 8-yard TD pass in the
second quarter to tight end Marcedes Lewis to tie it 14-all. Taking
a pitch to the right side on third-and-1, Jones-Drew lobbed his
pass to Lewis, completing a play that worked to perfection after
the Jaguars worked on it this week in practice.
”We were looking for the right time to do it,” Jaguars coach
Gus Bradley said. ”It was something we practiced and felt good
GORDON’S MILESTONES: For the second week in a row, Gordon broke
cornerback’s ankles and records.
In addition to becoming the first player with consecutive
200-yard games, Gordon, who shook off a head injury in the third
quarter, set the team mark for yards in a game, bettering his 237
last week against Pittsburgh. Also, Gordon’s 498 yards in two games
and 623 yards in three are both league marks.
HENNE’S HEROICS: On the game-winning TD drive, Henne completed 5
of 7 passes for 66 yards as he directed Jacksonville’s offense,
which entered the game as the league’s lowest-ranked unit. Henne
finished 22 of 40 for 195 yards with two TDs and one pick.
Henne went back to Shorts, who dropped two of his earlier
”I kept believing in him,” Henne said.
SNAP JUDGMENT: A rare mistake by reliable Browns center Alex
Mack gave Jacksonville two points in the fourth quarter.
Mack sent his snap sailing over Weeden’s head and into the end
zone, forcing the QB to kick the ball out of bounds for a
”It’s my fault 100 percent,” Mack said. ”I’m going to be sick
to my stomach for quite a while about that.”
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