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NFL: Late Kick in the Desert Gives Cardinals 27-24 Win over Jaguars

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After losing to the Arizona Cardinals 27-24 on a 57-yard FG with seconds remaining, the Jacksonville Jaguars fell to 7-4 and remain in a tie for first place in the AFC South with the Tennessee Titans.

“If you’re asking me to go back and mitigate the decision and what happened, I still, I woke up today thinking the same thing. I should have made that decision, I should’ve gone into overtime,” said Jaguars’ coach Doug Marrone.

The Cardinals’ Phil Dawson, who had missed six field goals this year, made the longest field goal of his 19-year career to win it.

QB Blake Bortles rushed six times for 62 yards and scored on rushing TDs of 17 yards and one yard, registered the first game of his career with multiple rushing TDs. He was 19 of 33 for 160 yards and an interception.

Josh Lambo made a 43-yard field goal in the second quarter and has made 10 of 11 three-pointers for the Jaguars since signing with the club.

In the fourth quarter, Calais Campbell recovered a fumble forced by Yannick Ngakoue on Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert and returned it 10 yards to tie the game 17-17.

Making his return to University of Phoenix Stadium after spending nine seasons with the Cardinals, defensive end Calais Campbell totaled three tackles, including one tackle for loss.

“I just knew we had the game locked up,” Campbell said, “but at the end of the day, they made a few big-time plays. … I felt like I didn’t play my best game today.”

Ngakoue registered two tackles, including a sack-fumble on Gabbert. For the season, Ngakoue now has 10 sacks, and he has totaled eight sack-fumbles in 27 career games. Ngakoue is the first player in Jaguars history to reach 10 sacks in his first or second season in the NFL.

The Jaguars entered the game leading the NFL with 23 takeaways, and added two in Sunday’s loss. The Jaguars registered their second takeaway of the afternoon when Barry Church intercepted Gabbert. The Jaguars’ 103 points off takeaways are the most in the NFL this season.

Gabbert was 22 of 38 for 241 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while improving to 10-31 as an NFL starter. The Cardinals (5-6) beat a team with a winning record for the first time this season.

In the second quarter, LB Telvin Smith was evaluated for a concussion, but was cleared to return and did. After reporting concussion-like symptoms at halftime, Smith was ruled out for the game and did not return.

Jacksonville entered as the No. 1 rushing team in the NFL at 160 yards per game, but managed a season-low 91 against the Cardinals. Leonard Fournette carried 12 times for 25 yards.

“It’s something we have to change. We want to be able to run the football and put ourselves in manageable situations. I think that’s going to help us, along with our play-action game and being able to take shots, basically, what our philosophy has been the whole time,” Marrone said. “I’ve got to do a better job, and the coaches, of putting those guys in good position, schematically, and being able to take advantage of some of these heavy fronts that we see.”

The Jaguars now return to Jacksonville to play three consecutive games at EverBank Field, including two divisional games.

“I think it’s important. I think it’s tough when you go on the road and it’s tough to go win on the road. Obviously, we’re coming off two road games, one where we went up to Cleveland and then came all the way back and then went out to Arizona and now we have a chance to stay home,” Marrone said. We’re going to be able to stay here, stay at home, which I think is going to be big for us.”

The Jaguars are back in action Sunday, Dec. 3, when they host the Indianapolis Colts at 1 p.m. ET.

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