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NFL: Jaguars Rally Late Against Browns but Two-Conversion Fails in 27-25 Loss

The Cleveland Browns shut the door on Jacksonville’s attempted two-point conversion with 2:14 to play and denied the Jaguars another opportunity in a 27-25 NFL win at TIAA Bank Field.

In his first start since 2017, Jaguars’ QB Mike Glennon completed 20 of 35 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns with zero picks including a 46-yard TD strike to wide receiver Collin Johnson.

“I thought Mike [Glennon] made some good throws, some accuracy throws. I think he took some shots which I was happy with,” said Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone. “I think it was a little rough, obviously he hasn’t played a game since I think ’17 or ’18. I think there was a lot of good things.”

Johnson caught four passes for a career-high and team-best 96 yards, including a 46-yard TD in the first quarter. It marked the second-longest TD by a Jaguars player in 2020 and the longest TD reception by a Jaguars rookie since Keelan Cole Sr. caught a 73-yard pass in 2017.

Jacksonville linebacker Joe Schobert, playing against his former team for the first time, forced the first fumble of his Jaguars career in the third quarter, which safety Andrew Wingard returned for 17 yards.

The Jaguars (1-10) turned the turnover into points with a two-yard TD reception by tight Tyler Eifert.

Glennon led the Jaguars on an 11-play 78-yard drive to pull within two points with 2:14 remaining in the game. Trailing 27-19 the Jaguars got the ball back with 5:29 to play, leaving the visitors with nothing to show for a possession that spanned over six minutes.

The Jaguars needed to convert a fourth-and-long at the Browns’ 25 with 3:43 to play. Olivier Vernon sacked Glennon. But Vernon was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The penalty gave Jacksonville’s another series of downs.

Rookie running back James Robinson then ran for a 4-yard score, setting up a game-tying two-point conversion that resulted in an incomplete pass.

Robinson turned in a career-best 159 scrimmage yards, 128 rushing and 31 receiving, to become the first undrafted rookie in NFL history to total 1,100 scrimmage yards through their first 11 career games.

The Illinois State product extended his season total to six rushing TDs and eight total TDs. Robinson joins Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew as the only players in franchise history to gain 1,000 rushing yards and score eight or more TDs in the first 12 weeks of a single season.

Cleveland (8-3) QB Baker Mayfield threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns. Jarvis Landry had his best game of the season, catching eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.

“There’s no doubt that we are going to try to win every single game that we play, and I can tell you that. That is not a question so whatever we have to do to win, we are going to be able to do,” added Marrone. “I think that getting these guys healthy, getting them to play, getting them back, we’re holding out hope for some of these guys to come back to help us from an IR standpoint and as soon as they’re ready to go we’re going to bring them back and play. There’s no doubt that’s the direction that we’re headed as coaches and players.”

The Jaguars are in Minnesota (5-6) Sunday to play the Vikings.

JAGUARS FIRE GM

Jacksonville terminated general manager David Caldwell following Sunday’s loss to Cleveland. Caldwell has been the Jacksonville GM since January 2013. The Jaguars are 39-86 since then and have lost 10 or more games in every season except for 2017.

”I’ve met with Dave Caldwell to express my appreciation for his service to the Jacksonville Jaguars as our general manager. Dave was exceptionally committed and determined to bring a winner to Jacksonville, but unfortunately his efforts were not rewarded with the results our fans deserve and our organization expects. Our football operation needs new leadership, and we will have it with a new general manager in 2021,” said Jaguars owner Shad Kahn.

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