First-quarter notes: Jaguars 10, Patriots 3
|12.23.12 at 1:41 pm ET|
One quarter is in the books in Jacksonville, and the Jaguars hold a 10-3 lead. Here are a few quick notes:
‘¢Things have started badly for New England, as the Jags had no problem marching downfield on their first drive of the game for a touchdown. Jacksonville followed that up with an interception of Tom Brady on a ball for Stevan Ridley that was tipped and picked off by Jacksonville safety Chris Prosinski. The Jags stalled out on that drive, but did pick up a 41-yard field goal from Josh Scobee to make it 10-0 with 5:43 left in the quarter.
‘¢The Patriots had a few defensive wrinkles to start the game. Aqib Talib (who had struggled with injury over the course of the week and in warmups) and Alfonzo Dennard (who was on the inactive list) were sidelined, as the Patriots went with Devin McCourty at corner in his place. McCourty’s move to corner meant that Steve Gregory and Pat Chung were back together at safety. And Rob Ninkovich took over at middle linebacker for Brandon Spikes, who was inactive because of a knee injury. (The Patriots’ featured a defensive front of Chandler Jones, Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love and Brandon Deaderick.) The Jags took advantage of some issues in the New England defense, marching smartly down the field and taking a 7-0 lead when Justin Blackmon on a three-yard touchdown pass with 9:39 left in the first quarter.
‘¢The best sequence of the quarter for the Patriots came at the end of the first when they went on a 10-play, 73-yard drive that really got going after a 32-yard pickup from Brady to Michael Hoomanawanui that New England a spark. The Patriots, who also got runs from Ridley of 16 and nine yards, were able to steer to the Jacksonville seven-yard line, but with New England in the red zone, there appeared to be a miscommunication between Brady and Brandon Lloyd — that resulted in a third-down misfire and forced the Patriots to settle for a 25-yard field goal to make it 10-3 with just over three minutes left in the quarter.
‘¢Scobee missed a 43-yard field goal attempt wide left at the end of the quarter, and that opened the door for New England. However, a couple of plays into the drive, Brady threw his second pick of the quarter, a play where Jacksonville defensive back Derek Cox neatly undercut Lloyd to come away with the ball.