Postgame review: Trevor Lawrence and Jaguars stun Colts in finale, get top draft pick
The Jacksonville Jaguars conclude the 2021 NFL season Sunday at TIAA Bank Field against the Indianapolis Colts. The game ends the interim stint of Jaguars coach Darrell Bevell, and some fan groups have announced clown-suit protests against the franchise's backward direction in recent seasons under owner Shad Khan . With a loss, the 2-14 Jaguars would again finish with the worst record in the NFL and would receive the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft in April, after using the 2021 top choice on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Colts are fighting for a wild-card berth in the AFC playoffs.
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Trevor Lawrence to Marvin Jones Jr., was a connection the Jaguars brass had envisioned during the off-season after they drafted Lawrence and signed Jones as their key offensive free-agent acquisition. | Read more - -Garry Smits
Count Steelers fans among the people who are very, very glad the Jaguars came to life in the finale. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers beat the Ravens 16-13 in overtime. Combined with the Jaguars' victory over Indianapolis, it means one more playoff trip for the veteran quarterback — provided tonight's Raiders-Chargers game does not end in a tie .
If that game does end in a tie, it's a story that will keep people talking for a long, long time.
Times-Union sports columnist Gene Frenette grades the Jaguars’ game against the Indianapolis Colts based on execution, effort and game circumstances. | Read more - -Gene Frenette
As promised, some Jaguars fans showed up Sunday wearing clown outfits with red ball noses, colorful wigs and polka dots vests for the season finale against the Indianapolis Colts.
But in a season of despair with drama and badly played football, they got an unexpected treat. Finally, their hometown NFL team performed like one. | Read more - -John Reid
The whistle sounded at 4:02 p.m. Sunday, and for the second consecutive season, the news became official.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will pick first in the 2022 NFL Draft. | Read more --Clayton Freeman
The Jaguars end the season with their best game of the year.
Indianapolis is now in the end zone, but they're running out of time. Carson Wentz finds Michael Pittman from 12 yards and converts a 2-point try to Pittman as well.
Jaguars 26, Colts 11, 4:26 4th.
News from Detroit: D'Andre Swift has scored for the Lions, moving Detroit in front of Green Bay 34-30 in the closing moments. That would give the Jaguars the No. 1 draft pick.
It wasn't supposed to happen. But the Jaguars are beating Indianapolis, and that has big implications for the Ravens, Steelers and more playoff contenders. Here's why. | Read more - -Dan Rorabaugh
Matthew Wright is good again, on target from 30 yards. That's good enough for the Jaguars' season-high in points.
Jaguars 26, Colts 3, 8:15 4th.
One for the NFL Draft Watch: Green Bay, resting several regulars, has taken a 30-27 lead on the Lions. That would bump the Jaguars down to the No. 2 draft slot.
Indianapolis drove down to the 1. The Jaguars didn't let them in.
Not even NFL rushing leader Jonathan Taylor on fourth down could find his way in. A host of Jaguars, Josh Allen and Damien Wilson, came up with the stop.
A score nobody saw coming.
Wow. The Jaguars look like they're about to win this one.
After that pick, Ryquell Armstead took off for a 27-yard rush into the red zone. Then, one of the wacky plays of the year on third-and-goal from the 3: The snap came in too high, but Trevor Lawrence chased it down and passed to the back of the end zone and Marvin Jones brought it in while staying in bounds for a highlight-reel touchdown.
Jaguars 23, Colts 3, 3:08 3rd.
A very good game continues for Damien Wilson. The linebacker, who made the strip-sack on Carson Wentz earlier in this quarter, this time jumps on the pass and picks it off for the Jaguars near midfield.
That was so close to a pick. Daniel Thomas launched the full dive for an overthrown Carson Wentz pass, but after further review, officials ruled the ball hit the ground before the Jaguars' safety came up with the ball.
Indianapolis ended up punting the ball away.
Laviska Shenault had another drop, his second in the red zone on the afternoon. That stopped the Jaguars from a potential third-down conversion. But Matthew Wright still came onto the field once more to convert the takeaway into points.
The Jaguars are coming closer and closer to what would be a near-inexplicable finish to the season. Meanwhile, the Ravens have taken a 10-3 lead on the Steelers, moving into position for a potential wild-card berth.
Jaguars 16, Colts 3, 11:32 3rd.
Wow. It's a rare takeaway for the Jaguars' defense: Damien Wilson breaks through the Indianapolis line for the strip-sack on Carson Wentz, and defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton recovers for Jacksonville just outside the 20.
Referee Clay Martin reviewed the play, but the ruling stands, and the Jaguars are taking over in prime field position to extend their lead.
2:37 p.m. | Attack of the Khlowns: Jaguars fans bring the circus to The Bank, protest finale vs. Colts
What started as a Twitter movement evolved into Jaguars fans showing their frustration with the franchise in real life. | Read more - -Juston Lewis
Can the Jaguars hold on? One week after yielding 50 points to the Patriots, they're leading by two scores against a Colts team that needs a win for a playoff berth.
Trevor Lawrence is running. He's passing. And he's leading the Jaguars in the direction of a season-ending victory at TIAA Bank Field.
The Jaguars got a helping hand from a third-down pass interference flag, extending the drive. Marvin Jones was subsequently flagged for offensive pass interference in the end zone, but Lawrence found Laviska Shenault and Laquon Treadwell to get the ball down inside the 2. Shenault dropped a pass in the end zone that would have been a touchdown, but as the clock expired, Matthew Wright converted a 20-yard field goal to make it a two-score game.
The Jaguars' completion streak ended — Trevor Lawrence's deep throw down the sideline for Laquon Treadwell wasn't quite caught — but Jacksonville added three more points.
Lawrence is having an excellent game: 15 of 17, 164 yards and a touchdown, good for a QB rating of 126.5. A pass to the end zone fell incomplete, but Matthew Wright converted a 22-yard field goal to extend Jacksonville's edge.
Jaguars 10, Colts 3, 3:06 2nd.
Some scores of note around the NFL: Pittsburgh is leading Baltimore 3-0, which could mean one more playoff visit - and one more game - for Ben Roethlisberger if the Jaguars hold on against Indianapolis.
Plus, with more direct implications for Jaguars fans, Detroit is leading Green Bay 14-7, thanks to a 75-yard touchdown pass by Tom Kennedy. If the Lions win that one, the Jaguars would receive the No. 1 draft pick, win or lose against the Colts.
Carson Wentz and the Colts finally have points, but it wasn't easy. The quarterback had to rifle a pass through heavy traffic over the middle to T.Y. Hilton, and the Colts needed Jonathan Taylor to convert fourth down after an Adam Gotsis tackle on third down.
The Colts broke into the red zone, but Andre Cisco forced a fumble — Taylor recovered for Indianapolis — and Josh Allen subsequently sacked Wentz on third down. That brought on Michael Badgley for a 44-yard field goal.
Jaguars 7, Colts 3, 9:08 2nd.
Maybe not the way people expected this opening quarter to go, but the Jaguars' home-field success in the Colts series is continuing for now.
This is a superb start for the Jaguars. Indianapolis drove across midfield, but Carson Wentz misfired on a third-down pass, and on fourth-and-2, Adam Gotsis and Myles Jack stopped the hole to down Jonathan Taylor short of the first-down line. The Jaguars are taking over on downs.
What a drive for Trevor Lawrence. The Jaguars' rookie QB put together perhaps his finest drive of the season, going 8-for-8 and leading the team up the field. Marvin Jones caught three passes on the drive, and Laquon Treadwell finished it off with a 2-yard catch around the goal line.
Also, news on the injury front: The Jaguars lost guard Ben Bartch on that drive, and the Colts suffered injuries to two cornerbacks (Rock Ya-Sin and Kenny Moore).
Jaguars 7, Colts 0, 7:48 1st.
The Colts win the toss and defer. Trevor Lawrence and the offense get the football first.
The title sponsor for the Jaguars’ season finale game against the Indianapolis Colts is suing to get its name removed over fans’ planning to dress as clowns to protest the abysmal season. | Read more - -Steve Patterson
12:50 p.m. | Rookie interceptions put Jaguars' Trevor Lawrence in elite (Peyton Manning) and not-so-elite company
It's become an all-too-familiar sight for Jacksonville Jaguars fans: Trevor Lawrence walking off the field after throwing another interception. | Read more --Clayton Freeman
Jacksonville Jaguars fans are letting team owner Shad Khan know what they think of his leadership in a way only #DUUUVAL can. | Read more - -Dan Rorabaugh
12:30 p.m. | Myles Jack: Jaguars' dysfunction with Urban Meyer and beyond impacted performance on field
Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack believes the dysfunction that reigned throughout the season significantly impacted their performance on the field. | Read more - -John Reid
The Jaguars’ defense has made enough plays to fill a few minutes on a highlight reel.
There was the sunny November day in Jacksonville when, led by outside linebacker Josh Allen, they got to Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen for four sacks and a season-high of three turnovers (two interceptions) — the only 2021 game with multiple turnovers – and send the Bills Mafia home in a sulk. | Read more --Garry Smits
Whether Joe Cullen is retained or not by whoever owner Shad Khan hires as the new coach — and team leaders say players on that side of the ball are united in their desire that Cullen stay as coordinator — they will remember a long, difficult season that was made a bit easier because of Cullen's caring side. | Read more - -Garry Smits
11:50 a.m. | Jaguars' season forgettable but 'clown game' finale against Colts likely to be memorable
Years from now, there will be a reason to remember the final game of the 2021 season, even though the Jaguars' performances have been forgettable.
It will be memorable because an expected clown fest has been organized among the fan base, prompting a few Bozos, Krustys, Ronald McDonalds, and Jokers to be seated among the masses at TIAA Bank Field Sunday when the Jaguars play the Indianapolis Colts. | Read more - -John Reid
This week, a movement is going forth among fans to show up for Sunday's season finale against the Indianapolis Colts dressed in clown costumes at TIAA Bank Field. | Read more --John Reid
THE COLTS WILL WIN ... if running back Jonathan Taylor gets 100 or more yards. | Read more - -Garry Smits
What happens over the next three or four weeks is probably going to set the tone for how Shad Khan’s legacy in his second decade of owning the Jaguars will go down.
It’s not an overstatement to suggest Khan is at the most important crossroad of his tenure as an NFL owner. His approval ratings in that capacity, which can only be measured in a speculative sense rather than anything definitive, are probably at an all-time low. | Read more - -Gene Frenette
Jaguars play-caller Brian Schottenheimer did not have enough time during his virtual news conference Thursday to explain all the reasons why one of their most glaring problems went unfixable this season.
The NFL is all about scoring, but the Jaguars have been lethargic in that area. | Read more - -John Reid
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