Defense carries Jacksonville Jaguars to victory | NFL
Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 105 yards against the league's best run defense, Josh Scobee kicked four field goals and the host Jacksonville Jaguars snapped a five-game slide with a 12-7 NFL victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.
The Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On one night, on one big stage, the Jacksonville Jaguars did things better than the Baltimore Ravens.
Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 105 yards against the league's best run defense, Josh Scobee kicked four field goals and the Jaguars snapped a five-game slide with a 12-7 NFL victory over the Ravens on Monday night.
Stepping into the national "Monday Night Football" spotlight on ESPN for a few hours, the Jaguars used their best defensive effort in several years to slow down Ray Rice, Joe Flacco and Co.
"You've got to give them credit. They played like it was their Super Bowl," Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin said.
Jacksonville (2-5) didn't allow a first down until the 5:26 mark of the third quarter, a mix of stout defense and inept Ravens offense.
Flacco, who was 21 of 38 for 137 yards, finally got Baltimore (4-2) on the scoreboard with a little more than two minutes remaining. He capped a 90-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Boldin.
The Ravens failed to recover an onside kick when the ball bounced inches short of going the required 10 yards. Scobee followed with his third field goal from beyond 50 yards.
Baltimore had a final possession, but in fitting fashion, Jacksonville's defense came up big. Drew Coleman stepped in front of Ed Dickson and intercepted Flacco's final pass.
The Ravens finished with 146 total yards, the fewest the Jaguars have allowed since 2004. The Jaguars had 205 yards.
"It was a lack of execution," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "It's almost as bad as you can play on offense."