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article imageNFL: Jaguars defense steps up big to get 12-7 win over Ravens

By Austin Tyler     Oct 25, 2011 in Sports
Jacksonville - When you think of a 12-7 defensive matchup with the Baltimore Ravens involved you think the Ravens would be the ones on top, but not this time. The Jacksonville Jaguars defense shined while the Ravens offense sputtered.
The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) hosted the Baltimore Ravens (4-2) for a Monday night matchup that put the league’s best defense against the one of the league’s worst offense. The Jags have been productive on defense being in the top 10, but played like number last night to get another victory.
The Ravens started the game with the ball, and Ray Rice (8 carries, 28 yards) got the drive started with a four-yard run. Joe Flacco (21/38, 137 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int) then had two straight incomplete passes to stall the drive and punt the ball away.
The Jaguars took over after the punt, and Maurice Jones-Drew (30 carries, 105 yards) opened the drive with a 4-yard run. Blaine Gabbert (9/20, 93 yards) then threw a pass to Jones-Drew which lost yards, then threw an incomplete pass to have to punt the ball away.
Baltimore got the ball at the 8:59 mark after teams continued to trade punts. Rice got the ball to open the drive, but fumbled when Dayrl Smith and Rashean Mathis recovered it. The Jaguars took over, but could not keep the ball long as Jones-Drew fumbled on the sixth play of the drive after they gained 11-yards.
The refs ruled that Jones-Drew was done by contact, and the Ravens challenged that call which was reversed. Brandon McKinney hit Jones-Drew forcing him to fumble and Jameel McClain recovered it for the Ravens giving them decent field-position.
Jacksonville got the ball back after a punt from the Ravens who went three and out. The Jags could not move the ball and had to settle for a Josh Scobee 54-yard field-goal. That gave Jacksonville a 3-0 lead with 1:42 left.
The Jags punted the ball away to open the second quarter, but the Ravens had trouble to start the drive. Flacco was sacked and fumbled, but he had an offensive lineman recover it for them. He then missed a pass, before connecting with Rice who fumbled the ball after an 11-yard gain. Drew Coleman hit Rice, but the play was reviewed and overturned. They still had to punt the ball away.
With 8:38 left in the half the Jags got the ball back and Gabbert moved them down the field using his arm. Jason Hill (4 receptions, 62 yards) caught a 24-yard pass and Mike Sims-Walker caught his only pass of the day for 11-yards. The drive stalled as Gabbert was sacked for a 4-yard loss. Scobee came back on and made another field-goal to make it a 6-0 game.
The game was 6-0 going into halftime and the Jags got the ball coming out to start the second half. Jones-Drew got the ball going to start the drive and did most of the damage as they alternated between him and Deji Karim (7 receptions, 28 yards). During the drive Gabbert hit Marcedes Lewis with a 13-yard catch for a first-down. Jacksonville got another Scobee field-goal to make it a 9-0 lead.
Baltimore got the ball and began to try and move the ball with Rice getting a 12-yard run. Flacco then threw a pass to Anquan Boldin (4 receptions, 40 yards, 1 TD) for a 14-yard gain. The drive stalled and the Ravens brought Billy Cundiff for a field-goal. Cundiff missed a 52-yard field-goal that went wide right giving the Jags good field position.
At the 5:22 mark in the fourth quarter Flacco got into the shotgun and moved the Ravens down the field 90-yards in 13 plays. Flacco hit Ed Dickson (4 receptions, 23 yards), Torrey Smith (3 receptions, 32 yards) and Boldin to get the Ravens down the field. He also hit Dennis Pitta (3 receptions, 13 yards) with a 15-yard pass, but the pass to Smith was the biggie for 20-yards. Flacco finished the drive by connecting with Boldin for a 5-yard touchdown pass that made it a 10-7 game with 2:02 left in the game.
Jacksonville got the ball and moved it with Jones-Drew on three-straight run plays. The Ravens took timeouts, and Scobee came on to kick another field-goal. Scobee made a 51-yard field-goal to seal the game with 1:43 left.
Flacco had another chance to move the Ravens down the field, but the pass was intercepted by Coleman. Coleman intercepted the ball and slid down to seal the game and victory for the Jaguars.
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