JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN Sports) -The Jacksonville Jaguars snapped an eight game losing streak, and a ten game losing streak against AFC South foes, beating the Indianapolis Colts in their final game of the season, 26-11. Today’s game was nicknamed the “clown game,” because of a social media campaign which encouraged fans to dress in clown outfits in protest against Owner Shad Khan, in hopes of persuading him to fire General Manager Trent Baalke. Jaguars fans have been vocal about their disdain for the current GM, blaming him for many of the team’s recent problems, which culminated in the firing of Coach Urban Meyer. The hashtag #FireBaalke will yield a sampling of fan commentary on social media.
While today’s victory improved the team’s record to 3-14, a victory by the Detroit Lions against the Green Bay Packers means that the Jags will have the number one pick in the NFL Draft for the second year in a row. While last year’s draft yielded Trevor Lawrence, it’s less clear who the Jaguars will take this year.
The Jaguars scored a touchdown on their opening drive, which ended with a 2 yard pass to WR Laquon Treadwell from QB Trevor Lawrence. The rookie quarterback entered today’s game holding Jacksonville’s rookie records for completions and passing yards. K Matthew Wright added the extra point, to put the Jags up 7-0, which remained the score at the end of the first quarter.
A ten yard sack by OLB Josh Allen of Colts QB Carson Wentz prevented a touchdown in the second quarter, though K Michael Badgley did manage to kick a 41-yard field goal, to narrow the Jags lead, 7-3. Jacksonville’s next scoring drive also ended with a field goal, a 22 yarder by Matthew Wright. Wright added another 20 yard field goal just before halftime, extending the Jaguars’ lead to 13-3.
Early in the third quarter, Jaguars LB Damien Wilson sacked Carson Wentz and forced a fumble, recovered by T DaVon Hamilton, which led to a Jacksonville scoring drive culminating in a 39 yard Matthew Wright field goal, putting them ahead 16-3. Jaguars LB Damien Wilson intercepted a Carson Wentz pass intended for Mo Alie-Cox, setting up another scoring drive ending with a three yard Trevor Lawrence touchdown pass to WR Marvin Jones, Jr. and Wright extra point. The Jags led 23-3 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Colts looked like they would score a touchdown from the one yard line, but RB Jonathan Taylor, who led all NFL players in Pro Bowl voting, was stopped by the Jaguars defense. The Jags later added another Matthew Wright field goal, extending their lead 26-3. The Colts scored their first touchdown of the game on a 12 yard pass by Carson Wentz to WR Michael Pittman, and added a two point conversion. The score remained at 26-11 for the rest of the game.
Trevor Lawrence finished with 223 yards and two touchdowns. Ryquell Armstead led the Jaguars rushing with 52 yards. Marvin Jones Jr. was the leading receiver with 88 yards and a touchdown.
Today’s attendance was 60,516. The Colts have now lost seven games in a row in Jacksonville. Their last victory at TIAA Bank Field was in 2014. The Colts finished with a record of 9-8. This was the first season the NFL played 17 games.