For the second week in a row, the Browns had another dramatic finish, but yet again, it was short. A great play by Jaguar running back Maurice Jones-Drew to put the Jags in a position to win was enough as the Jags pulled out a 24-20 win over Cleveland to drop the Browns to 3-7.
The play by Jones-Drew came after Phil Dawson nailed a 41-yard field goal to give the Browns a 20-17 lead with 2:46 left.
David Garrard flipped a screen to Jones-Drew, who broke four tackles and raced 75 yards to the Browns one with 2:27 left.
It was probably a bad thing he didn’t just score on the play, as the Jags then needed two more plays to score, and it was Jones-Drew going over from one-yard out with 1:16 left to put the Jags up four with the Browns having no timeouts.
Colt McCoy and the Browns moved quickly down the field, but Sean Considine batted a pass intended for Mike Bell at the goal line. The pass bounced off Bell’s chest and landed in Considine’s arms for the final blow.
The Browns have no one but themselves to blame, as they forced six Jacksonville turnovers – two fumbles they recovered, and four Garrard interceptions.
McCoy was 17-for-28 for 241 yards with a touchdown and the last second pick. He was pressured quite a bit, getting sacked six times for minus 46 yards.
Garrard was 20-for-34 for 254 yards with two TD’s and three picks. He brought the Jags back from down 17-10 in the fourth quarter when he hit tight end Mercedes Lewis with a 14-yard TD pass on third down with 3:34 left to tie the game.
Overall the Browns were not a force rushing the football, as Peyton Hillis had more yards through the air than on the ground, catching 6 balls for 95 yards with a score, but he was held to just 48 yards on the ground on 21 carries, just 2.3 yards per carry.
The Jags used Jones-Drew all day long, and it paid off, as he ran through the Browns for 132 yards on 24 carries, an average of 5.5 yards with the game-winning score and a fumble to boot.
The Jaguars move to 6-4 on the season. They have won three in a row after a couple bad losses. The Browns now have to lick their wounds and come home for a Carolina Panthers team that was beaten by the Ravens Sunday, and have won just one game all season.
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