Jacksonville Sports Day

Looking Back: Denver Fades in Second Half as Jaguars Grab 26-24 Victory

Photo by Rick Wilson/Jaguars

DENVER – A big point swing after an interception in the Denver Broncos’ loss to the Jaguars kept the Mile-High team winless.

And while the Broncos bottled up Jacksonville QB Gardner Minshew in the opening 30 minutes, the rookie helped spur the Jaguars to 20 second-half points in a come-from-behind 26-24 win.

Minshew completed 19 of 33 passes for 213 yards and two TDs and finished with a 97.2 passer rating.

Through four games, Minshew has completed 84 of 121 passes (69.4 comp. pct.) for 905 yards, seven TDs and one INT for a passer rating of 106.9. Minshew has now set a franchise record with four consecutive games throwing for at least 200 yards with a passer rating of 95.0-plus.

Minshew is also the only rookie in franchise history to throw for at least 900 yards through the fourth game game of the season. The game marked the first come-from-behind game-winning drive of Minshew’s career.

The Jaguars (2-2) made a slew of big plays in the second half that included a Minshew escape and touchdown pass, an 81-yard Leonard Fournette run and a game-winning field goal with no time remaining

Jacksonville knocked in a 33-yarder by Josh Lambo as time expired.

Lambo was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 14-point performance, which included the game-winning kick as time expired into 22 MPH winds.

Lambo converted a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter, a 40-yard FG with eight seconds remaining in the second quarter, a 34-yard three-pointer with 2:54 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Broncos had scored on two of their first four drives, Denver (0-4) would not score another until late in the fourth quarter.

The Broncos, up by 14 points, had a first down at the Jacksonville 33-yard line with a chance to extend the lead to three scores before halftime.

QB Joe Flacco overthrew Emmanuel Sanders and Ronnie Harrison intercepted the pass. He returned the ball 31 yards and set up a 40-yard field goal in the waning seconds of the first half.

The Jaguars got the ball to start the second half and marched 75 yards for a touchdown in 16 plays.

Fournette rushed for 190 yards in the second half — including the 81-yard run that helped the Jaguars take the lead — and finished with 225 on the game.

The Broncos had not allowed a player to gain that many rushing yards in any game over the last 10 seasons.

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