Jaguars can't find end zone, lose 20-12 to Ravens
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars may be hitting the wall in a season long past the point of repair.
Many of the Jaguars wore a look of resignation after they failed to score a touchdown in a 20-12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Blake Bortles was wearing more than a frown. The rookie quarterback, who was sacked eight times, had been fitted for a walking boot after spraining his right foot in the fray.
"It's fine," he said of the injury.
Jacksonville's 2-12 record is far more of an issue.
"If you're not frustrated, I think something is wrong with you," Bortles said. "We are not in this for moral victories. We want real victories."
Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley understands the sentiment, and he's OK with it.
"Frustration's OK, because it shows you've got investment, you're invested into it," Bradley said.
"You put money in the stock market and it crashes, and you're frustrated - because you've invested in it. You don't put any money in the stock market and it crashes, you don't care. So to me, we're frustrated because we've invested a lot into this. I'm good with that. I'm happy that they're frustrated."
Jacksonville tried just about everything in its bid to pull off an upset, including an onside kick and a fake punt. Both worked, but it wasn't enough to earn the Jaguars their first win on the road.
Joe Flacco went 20 for 30 for 221 yards and a touchdown for the Ravens, who blanked the Jaguars over the final 30 minutes.
Bortles completed 21 of 37 passes for 210 yards and an interception in the game's final minute. He threw under pressure for most of the game - Baltimore's season-high eight sacks increased the number Jacksonville has yielded this season to 62.
"They're great up front. We knew that coming into the game," Bortles said of the Ravens. "A lot of the sacks were on me holding the ball too long. It's something that I'm working on and have to do better."
The Jaguars' points came on four field goals by Josh Scobee.
"No touchdowns," Bradley lamented. "Even if we get one, one touchdown, it gives us a great opportunity in this game."
After leaving to jeers on its first series of the second half, the Ravens mounted an 80-yard drive to take a 17-12 lead with 8:34 left in the third quarter. Flacco went 5 of 5 for 65 yards, including a 27-yard completion to Owen Daniels and a 3-yard touchdown pass to the tight end.
The Jaguars were then poised for a three-and-out, but punter Bryan Anger flipped a pass to Will Ta'ufo'ou for 19 yards to extend the drive. Five plays later, however, Jacksonville punted.
From that point, neither team had much success moving the ball until the Ravens put together a 49-yard march that produced a field goal and an eight-point cushion with 1:11 remaining.
The victory kept Baltimore (9-5) in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt.
The Ravens scored just once with their offense on the field and gained only 31 yards rushing through three quarters. The usually reliable Justin Tucker missed two field goal tries, and all three units made enough mistakes to keep a football coach up late at night - even after a win.
"Our guys have the ability to overcome adversity and have the ability to keep pounding and keep fighting and not let self-inflicted wounds overcome us," coach John Harbaugh said.
Terrell Suggs was credited with 2 1/2 sacks and rookie Timmy Jernigan, starting for the suspended Haloti Ngata, had two.
"We're doing what we just do best - knocking down quarterbacks," said linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who had a sack to match his single-season high of 17.
Baltimore trailed 12-10 at halftime after gaining only 13 yards on the ground and going 0 for 6 on third-down conversions.
Three straight plays during the game's opening series showed why Jacksonville came to town with only two wins. After tight end Marcedes Lewis dropped a second-down pass, Bortles missed connecting with a wide-open Cecil Shorts.
On fourth down, Baltimore's Darian Stewart burst through the line to block Anger's punt. Kamar Aiken scooped up the ball and went 11 yards for a touchdown, Baltimore's first score on a blocked punt since Ed Reed did it against Seattle in 2003.
From there, the only scoring in the first half came on field goals.
NOTES: Ravens S Terrence Brooks hurt his right knee on the game's first play and is likely lost for the season, Harbaugh said. ... Jaguars LB Ryan Davis (hip) and Ravens DB Asa Jackson (knee) left early and did not return. ... Flacco went over 25,000 yards for his career. He's at 25,024. ... Ravens WR Steve Smith became the 18th player in NFL history with 900 career catches.