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,

almost laughable.

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

right direction.”

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

Bowl-caliber season.

”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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