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Rapid Recap- Jaguars defeat Seahawks in December statement game

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For those wondering if the Jaguars would be able to rise to the occasion for a December win against a fellow playoff contenting team, wonder no more. Jacksonville out played the Seattle Seahawks during a wild second half for a 30-24 win at Everbank Field.

Blake Bortles threw for 268 yards and two second half TD’s as the Jaguars put 27 points on the board after halftime to build a 30-17 lead. The second score came here to Keelan Cole who showed his wheels:

Undaunted, Seattle QB Russell Wilson, who had thrown three interceptions earlier in the game, still found Tyler Lockett behind the Jags defense for this fourth quarter score:

Wilson’s TD pass was his third of the game, and pulled the Seahawks within six at 30-24 with plenty of time remaining.

And when the Jags punted quickly, Seattle had life and a chance to perhaps take the lead. But Jacksonville’s stingy defense stopped the Hawks, when Wilson threw incomplete deep on fourth down.

The Jags then picked up a Leonard Fournette 13 yard run for a first down with under two minutes to go and ran out the clock. Fournette for his part had a big second half running and finished with 101 yards on the ground.

The end of the game was marred by two Seahawks being ejected. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was thrown out for throwing a punch during a scrum after a Jags kneel down. The Jaguars had to kneel again, and defensive end Quinton Jefferson was then thrown out trying to start another fight.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll was then assessed a 15 yard penalty for coming on the field, presumably trying to calm and restrain his players.

It didn’t stop there. As Jefferson was leaving the field, he was hit by an object thrown from the stands and attempted to climb up into the seats to go after the fan who he thought did it. That was captured here by ESPN’s Jeff Darlington:

The win moves Jacksonville to an increasingly impressive 9-4 record and with Tennessee’s loss to Arizona, the Jaguars are now in first place outright in the AFC South.

Seattle drops to 8-5 with the loss still chasing the Rams for the NFC West division.

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  1. Michael

    December 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    This really wasn’t a statement game by the jags. Seattle missing almost their entire starting cast on defense. Jacksonville’s defense is legit but I don’t see Bortel taking this team deep into the playoffs

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