Jared Wickerham

Patriots vs. Jaguars: New England holds on for 23-16 win over Jacksonville

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (10-4) are set to do battle with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) on Sunday afternoon at EverBank Field.

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Pats hold on for 23-16 win over Jags

After driving the ball deep into the red-zone at the conclusion of the third quarter, the Patriots began the fourth with the ball in great field position. On third-and-goal, wide receiver Wes Welker would catch a 2-yard touchdown pass to extend the New England lead to 23-13.

On the ensuing possession for the Jaguars, Chad Henne would drive his team back down the field for another field goal attempt. Veteran Josh Scobee knocked it through for his third successful field goal of the afternoon, cutting the Jags' deficit to 23-16.

A false-start penalty from a tight end would take the Jaguars back to the Patriots' 6-yard-line after moving it down and inside the one-yard-line with less than four minutes left to play. On third-and-goal, rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower would sack Henne back at the 11-yard-line. On fourth down, another rookie would come up big for the Patriots. Defensive end Chandler Jones would hit Henne just as he released the football, resulting in an interception for safety Patrick Chung.

The Patriots offense failed to get the job done and completely run out the clock, so the football was punted back over to the Jaguars. However, Jacksonville could not make its way to the endzone in the final 0:59 seconds of the game as the Jags' fell, 23-16, to the visiting Patriots.

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Pats lead Jags, 16-13, after three quarters

After an extremely slow start led to a first half of constant trailing, the New England Patriots managed to score a late touchdown to Danny Woodhead to tie the score before halftime.

On their opening drive of the second half, the Patriots exploited some of the Jaguars' weaknesses in the secondary and moved into field goal range for another try from Stephen Gostkowski. His 38-yard attempt was good and the Patriots gained their first lead of the day, 16-13.

The two teams would trade punts for the majority of the third quarter, resulting in no further scoring on either side. As the quarter began to draw to a close, the Patriots drove the ball deep into Jags' territory and will have a goal-to-go play when the fourth quarter begins.

What once looked to be a case of the Patriots intentionally tanking in search of the AFC's No. 4 seed now appears to be an easy victory. Perhaps it was a case of the Jaguars not being good enough to take advantage of New England's early sloppiness.

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Pats and Jags tied at 13 at halftime

At the conclusion of one half in Jacksonville, the New England Patriots and the home-standing Jaguars are deadlocked in a tie, 13-13.

A lengthy catch-and-run by reserve tailback Montell Owens set up the Jags deep within Patriots territory. However, the New England defense came through with another stop, forcing another Josh Scobee field goal attempt. His try was good as the Jaguars extended their lead to 13-3.

After again failing to capitalize on another solid drive, the Patriots would be forced to settle for a Stephen Gostkowski 49-yard field goal attempt. His kick would go straight through the uprights and New England had cut the deficit to 13-6.

Towards the end of the half, the Patriots began to put another successful drive together as the clock began to tick under a minute to play. The drive would conclude with the Patriots' first touchdown of the day, courtesy of a 14-yard Danny Woodhead reception.

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Jags ahead of Patriots early, 10-3

After one quarter of action in Jacksonville, Florida, the home-standing Jaguars lead the visiting New England Patriots by a score of 10-3.

The Jaguars jumped out to a quick start on their opening drive, thrashing the Patriots' defense in the pass game on a possession that would end with a Chad Henne touchdown pass to highly-touted rookie receiver Justin Blackmon.

After a Stevan Ridley bobble that turned into a Tom Brady interception, the Jags would drive right back into Patriots' territory, settling for a Josh Scobee field goal.

The Patriots would come back with an impressive drive of their own, taking the ball inside the Jacksonville 5-yard-line. However, the Jags' defense was able to hold serve, forcing a short field goal from Stephen Gostkowski.

With the score 10-3, Jacksonville drove back into field goal range, but failed to come away with any points after a 43-yard miss from Scobee.

The Jaguars will have the ball at the New England 21-yard-line to begin the second quarter.

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