Two Touchdowns in the First 25 Seconds: A Recap of the Jags vs. Rams Game

The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) fell to the Los Angeles Rams (4-2) 27-17 today at Everbank Field. The game started off with both teams scoring touchdowns in the first 25 seconds.

An Interesting Start

LA got things started with a 103-yard kickoff return by former South Carolina star Pharoh Cooper.

Then, just 14 seconds later, Jags rookie running back Leonard Fournette broke loose for a 75 yard touchdown run to tie the game 7-7.  This was the first time that has happened since the Super Bowl started in 1967.

The Rams went back on top in the first quarter after kicker Greg Zuerlein connected on a 56 yard field goal but in the next Jags possession, quarterback Blake Bortles threw a 22 yard touchdown pass to Chris Ivory to put the Jags up 14-10.  At the end of the quarter, LA regained the lead as quarterback Jared Goff threw a four yard scoring pass to Gerald Everett to go up 17-14 at the close of the first quarter.

The second quarter was a back and forth dance on possessions without any scoring. But late in the quarter, LA blocked a Jacksonville punt and Malcolm Brown ran it in from eight yards out to give LA a 24-14 halftime lead.

After three attempts to make a field goal because of penalties Jags kicker Jason Meyers made his third attempt for a 41-yard field goal giving the Jags the very last points they would score in the game.

Late in the fourth, Leonard Fournette went down with an ankle injury and limped off the field. He sat out the rest of the fourth, but was cleared to go back in the game. The Rams would add a late field goal to give them the 27-17 win.

 Inconsistency of the Jaguars

Bortles said in the post-game press conference that a big part of the loss was the inconsistency on the field.

The Jaguars, now 3-3, won against the Steelers last Sunday, but came up short against this Rams in this game.  Fournette ran for 130 yards and a score in the game but that was not enough to offset a bad day on special teams for the Jags.  Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone said his team gave up 17 special teams points in the game after giving up the kickoff return for a score, the blocked punt for a score and a 16 yard punt that set up an LA field goal.  Kicker Jason Myers also missed two 54 yard field goals in the contest.


Next, The Jaguars travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts on Sunday.

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