Although the Jaguars gave the undefeated AFC South Champion Colts all they could handle in a 35-31 loss, they are now looking up at the playoff picture with a 7-7 record.
"There are no moral victories," Jaguars star running back Maurice Jones-Drew said. "We can't do little things that are going to hurt us. We got to be crisp and ready to roll."
Although the Jaguars were a game opponent, they fell short in the fourth period which is nothing new for this team of late. The Jaguars haven't scored a point in the fourth period for four consecutive games.
"We had the ball with a chance and didn't quite get it done," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said. "The last two weeks we've had plenty of opportunities to win the games."
The Jaguars have had opportunities over the past few weeks but quarterback David Garrard hasn't been able to get his team over the hump. While driving for a potential game-winning score last night, Garrard misfired to a pair of wide open receivers and ultimately sealed the game in the Colts favor when he overshot rookie Mike Thomas on a pass that fell into the hands of Indianapolis rookie corner Jacob Lacey.
"This was a perfect opportunity to go down and score a game-winning touchdown," the Jaguars quarterback said. "That's all right. That's the position I'm blessed to play. This is a game I love to play, but it's still a game."
In the fourth period Thursday night, David Garrard completed just six of 15 passes for 69 yards with a sack and an interception. In Sunday's 14-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins, he completed just four of nine pass attempts for 49 yards with two sacks, including one that ended the game. In the Jaguars 23-18 victory against Houston, Garrard completed just one of four passes for 11 yards in the final period with a sack. Against San Francisco, Garrard was just four of nine passing for 55 yards, while taking four sacks and fumbling once.
That's 15 for 37 passing for 184 yards, with one interception and a fumble lost, eight sacks and most importantly, no points scored.
Although football is just a game, it's also a business and the livelihood of several people depends on winning. With his late fourth period meltdowns which are eerily reminiscent of the 2006 season when Garrard led the Jags to three consecutive losses to end the season, David Garrard is likely playing himself out of a job.
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