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Broncos Drop Season Opener To Jaguars 24-17

Now that training camp is over and Week 1 is in the books for the Denver Broncos, they could very well be scratching their heads as missed opportunities, a weather delay (lightning paid a visit) and a short, stocky fellow wearing a Jacksonville Jaguars uniform named Maurice Jones-Drew ensured that the Broncos would go to 0-1 in this early part of the NFL season.

Drew ran for 98 yards and Jaguars quarterback David Garrard was efficient, which was enough for Jacksonville to hold off Denver 24-17 at EverBank Field Sunday.

The first quarter for both teams was inconsequential as they went scoreless. PRobably more like a chess match as field position was of utmost importance early.

Business would pick up late in the second quarter when Garrard connected with tight end Marcedes Lewis on a 21-yard toss, giving Jacksonville a 7-0 lead;16 seconds later, Denver would strike back as Kyle Orton threw a touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney down the middle, tying the game at 7 with 0:!6 left in the first half. That would be the score as both teams went to their respective locker rooms.

Garrard and Lewis would hook up again – this time a 10-yard TD pass from Garrard – to increase the Jaguars’ lead to 14-7. As in the first quarter, the Broncos would come back with a score of their own, a 1-yard TD run by Knowshon Moreno which tied the game at 14. A 45-yard Josh Scobee field goalput Jacksonville up 17-14 with 45 ticks left in the third quarter.

3 minutes and forty seconds into the fourth quarter, Matt Prater boomed a 54-yard FG, knotting the affair at 17; former San Diego Charger wide receiver Kassim Osgood caught a 24-yard pass from Garrard with 7:59 remaining in the game, putting the Jaguars ahead 24-17.

While the scoring was expected, the Broncos suffered, thanks to a pair of costly penalties from defensive Ryan McBean – one a facemask as he grabbed Jones-Drew’s facemask on Jacksonville’s winning drive.

Garrard was efficient as he went 16-of-21 for 170 yards with 3 TD while Orton went 21-of-33 for 295 yards with a TD and an interception.

Jones-Drew led all Jaguars rusher with 98 yards while Moreno led the Broncos’ rushing attack with 60 yards and a score.

Mike Thomas led all Jacksonville receivers with 89 yard on 6 catches while Lewis caught 2 passes for 31 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Brandon Lloyd led the Denver receivers with 5 receptions for 117 yards while Eddie Royal grabbed 8 for 98 yards.

Jacksonville (1-0) has a tough test next Sunday as they travel to Quallcomm Stadium in San Diego to take on the Chargers. Denver (0-1) looks to hit .500 as they return home to host the Seattle Seahawks in their season home opener – also next Sunday.


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