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Jaguars Pounded by Falcons 41-14 to Fall to 4-10

John Abraham #55 of the Atlanta Falcons forces a fumble as he sacks Blaine Gabbert

So much for that one-game winning streak.

The Jaguars might has well have stayed on the bus Thursday night, as they were no match for the high flying Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome, losing in awful fashion 41-14 to fall to 4-10 on a season that’s quickly coming to a bad ending.

The Falcons are now 9-5, and took care of business early, quickly going up 10-0, and then after a muffed punt, Michael Turner went in on one play for a quick score to make it 17-0.

Game over.

It was a disaster for the Jags, who never were in the game after falling behind quickly 10-0 and then 17-0. Rookie QB Blaine Gabbert was 12 of 22 for 141 yards, also throwing an interception to cap off a truly awful night

His offensive line didn’t give him much time, and other than a 100+ yard day from running back Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jags offense was just putrid.

Gabbert got most of his yards on a meaningless final drive, hitting Chastin West on a 16-yard touchdown with 59 seconds remaining. Jacksonville’s other touchdown came on a blocked punt trailing 41-0.

Turner burst off left guard for 15 yards on the first play of the game, and the Falcons were off and running. Ryan capped the opening drive by stepping up to avoid the pressure, flipping a short pass to Jones, then watching the rookie turn on an impressive burst of speed for a 29-yard touchdown.

Gabbert got an idea of what he’d be up against on his first snap: Abraham shrugged off a blocker and threw the quarterback for a 10-yard loss. The rookie finally completed a pass on the final play of the opening quarter, but Sean Weatherspoon read out the screen and slammed Marcedes Lewis for a 4-yard loss.

Matt Bryant kicked a 33-yard field goal that made it 10-0, then another brutal mistake by the Jaguars early in the second quarter helped turn this one into a rout. Jarrett Dillard let a punt slip right through his hands, and Weatherspoon fell on it at the Jacksonville 5. The next play, Michael Turner rumbled into the end zone standing to make it 17-0.

It was game over at that point, as the Falcons did just about everything right, while the Jags could do very little.

Jacksonville will get home and lick their wounds, as they continue to look ahead to the offseason and what moves need to be made. They will be at Tennessee on Saturday, December 24th for game 16.

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