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Jaguars Fall to 1-14, Secure No. 1 Pick in 2021 NFL Draft after 41-10 Loss

PHOTO COURTESY CHICAGO BEARS

The NFL regular season home schedule is over for the Jaguars after the Chicago Bears convincing 41-17 victory.

Jacksonville will select No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft for the first time.

With their 14th straight loss, the Jaguars fell to 1-14 but won the derby for Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, clinching the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft when the New York Jets improved to 2-13 by upsetting Cleveland.

The Jaguars have selected No. 2 overall in three previous drafts – 1995 (left tackle Tony Boselli), 1996 (linebacker Kevin Hardy) and 2013 (left tackle Luke Joeckel).

Their previous longest losing streak was 13 – five games to end the 2012 season and eight to start the 2013 season.

The Bears have now scored at least 30 points in four straight games for the first time since 1965. The Bears scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the second half.

“We’re just not making plays and at the end of the game, we’re not playing well enough,” Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said. “That’s on all of us.”

Jacksonville starting QB Mike Glennon, who spent the 2017 season with the Bears, completed 27 of 37 passes for 211 yards with two TDs, two interceptions against his former team.

Jaguars’ running back Dare Ogunbowale rushed for 71 yards on 14 carries in his first NFL start.

The Jaguars took a 3-0 lead on the game’s opening possession on Aldrick Rosas’ 26-yard field goal, capping a 12-play, 71-yard drive.

Trailing 10-3, the Jaguars responded with a 10-play, 70-yard drive that was capped by Glennon’s 20-yard touchdown pass to receiver D.J. Chark over rookie Kindle Vildor. Chark caught four passes for 62 yards.

Chicago extended their lead to 41-10 on rookie Artavis Pierce’s 3-yard TD run before the Jaguars cut it to 41-17 on Glennon’s 34-yard TD pass to Laviska Shenault. Shenault caught five passes for 48 yards Sunday.

The Bears scored 31 unanswered points, turning a 10-10 tie into a commanding 41-10 lead.

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky completed 24 of 35 passes for 265 yards with two touchdowns—both to Jimmy Graham and one interception.

Trubisky added a third score on a 6-yard run, his first rushing touchdown of the season.

Former Jaguars’ receiver Allen Robinson caught 10 passes for 103 yards. David Montgomery rushed for 95 yards and one TD on 23 carries.

Chicago outgained the Jaguars, 391-279 – including 166-8 in the third quarter.

“I thought early on we did some good things,” added Marrone. “I thought what really hurt us were – again – there were four straight touchdowns. It’s not just the defense. That’s on all of us. It’s on the offense, too – and everyone involved.”

The Jaguars close out the regular season Sunday in Indianapolis against the Colts.

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