Emerald City Massacre of the Jaguars
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Posted Oct 11, 2009
Charlie Bernstein


All the positive momentum that Jacksonville built over the last two weeks was immediately erased as the visiting Jaguars were soundly defeated by the Seattle Seahawks, 41-0.

The Seattle Seahawks drew first blood in the game as they went 54 yards on their second possession, ending with a 47-yard field goal by veteran kicker Olindo Mare. The Seattle drive was keyed by a 19-yard reception by their big free agent acquisition, T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The drive ended on a pair of incompletions from Matt Hasselbeck as he was under duress from Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith.

The Jaguars answered on the ensuing possession, as they marched down the field 68 yards on nine plays into the red zone. Instead of opting for a short field goal that would've tied the game, Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio decided to go for a fourth and one and failed as quarterback David Garrard threw the ball out of the back of the end zone on a play-action roll-out. That would be the closest the Jaguars would come to scoring on this day.

Aided by a pair of third-down illegal contact penalties on the Jaguars defense, the Seahawks were able to matriculate the ball down the field into the red zone, going 48 yards on 11 plays. The Jaguars once again bent, but didn't break as the Seahawks drive stalled on a snuffed out screen by the Jaguars defensive line. The 'Birds cashed in on a 27-yard Olindo Mare field goal to put them up, 6-0.

After the Jaguars third consecutive three and out, the Seahawks finally found pay-dirt as Matt Hasselbeck and T.J. Houshmandzadeh hooked up on a 34-yard touchdown. Houshmandzadeh did a double move on Rashean Mathis and there was no safety help behind him as Hasselbeck pump-faked, then delivered a perfect ball to put the Seahawks up 13-0.

Just a minute after yet another Jaguars three-and-out, Seattle struck once again as Matt Hasselbeck found Nate Burleson on a 44-yard hookup as Burleson ran a square in, and Rashean Mathis gave a half-hearted tackling attempt as Burleson turned toward the sideline and scored the 19th point of the first half for the Seahawks. The extra point by Olindo Mare put the Seahawks up 20-0, a lead they would take into halftime.

The Jaguars looked like a completely different team in the first half than what they showed the previous two weeks. Quarterback David Garrard was wildly inaccurate and looked very unsure in the pocket, completing just seven of 17 first-half throws for just 71 yards with two dropped interceptions. Rashean Mathis allowed T.J. Houshmandzadeh to catch four passes for 64 yards, and he wasn't even the Seahawks leading receiver, as Nate Burleson caught five balls for 93 yards in the first half.

The beginning of the second half resembled the first half for the Jaguars, as they moved the ball on their first possession before David Garrard was stripped of the football and Seattle took over on the Jacksonville 32-yard line. The Seahawks would cash in just four plays later as Matt Hasselbeck found T.J. Houshmandzadeh again for a 13-yard touchdown to put the home team up 27-0, with no end to the scoring in sight.

The Jaguars were completely inept on both sides of the ball, as they were out-gained in terms of yardage 379-199, committed nine penalties for 73 yards, to just one penalty for ten yards for the Seahawks, turned the ball over twice without forcing any, and allowed Seattle five sacks.

Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed 18 of his 30 throws for 241 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Nate Burleson led the Seahawks with six catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns, while T.J. Houshmandzadeh didn't trail by much as he caught five balls for 77 yards and a pair of touchdowns of his own.

Jaguars quarterback David Garrard finished 18 of 31 for 188 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions, but he lost two fumbles, one of which was scooped up by Seattle defensive lineman Nick Reed and taken back 79 yards for a touchdown. The Seahawks stacked up the line of scrimmage and Maurice Jones-Drew was mostly ineffective as he gained just 34 yards on 12 carries. With leading receiver Mike Sims-Walker suspended for violating a team rule, veteran Torry Holt led the team in receiving as he caught seven passes for 95 yards, both season highs.

With the loss, the Jaguars (2-3) will look to get back to .500 with a home game next Sunday against the 0-5 St. Louis Rams.



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