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Jaguars vs. Browns Week 14 live blog

todayDecember 10, 2023


The Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4) take on the Cleveland Browns (7-5) at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Follow along here for live updates and key highlights from the game!

First quarter

Cleveland began the day with a 6-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with David Njoku dancing into the endzone without a defender in sight.

Jaguars 0, Browns 7

Jacksonville then gained yards of -1, 9, and -1 before punting on its first possession. The Jaguars were able to force a three-and-out by the Browns, and Calvin Ridley got things going with a 16-yard pickup before Travis Etienne broke off runs of 7 and 16 yards. A penalty on Ezra Cleveland — starting at left tackle today — got Jacksonville into a 2nd-and-15, and after an incomplete ball down the left sideline for Zay Jones on third down, Logan Cooke came on to punt again.

Mike Caldwell’s defense appears to have gotten right, as the Browns gained no yards in three plays and punted back to the Jaguars. But Cleveland’s defense hardened as well to allow just 4 yards on 2 completions on 3 Trevor Lawrence dropbacks. And then — get this — the Browns went three-and-out.

Jacksonville secured the first first down in four possessions and six minutes of game time via an 11-yard catch by Evan Engram. A neutral zone infraction by Cleveland got the Jaguars to 1st-and-5, but after a missed holding call and questionable delay of game, Cooke punted to the 28-yard line.

Second quarter

The Browns got things going with a 17-yard back-shoulder pass from Joe Flacco to Amari Cooper. The second quarter began with a 20-yard completion to Elijah Moore, and two plays later, Flacco found Njoku for another long touchdown.

Jaguars 0, Browns 14

On the Jaguars’ next offensive play, Lawrence forced a pass deep to Jones, who stopped running his route and allowed an easy interception for Cleveland. Jerome Ford broke off a 26-yard run for the Browns, but on a 3rd-and-4 past midfield, Flacco was intercepted by Darious Williams off a failed pick play attempt.

The Jaguars drove downfield behind a 9-yard run by Etienne and a 12-yard third down catch by Jones. On 3rd-and-4 at Cleveland’s 32-yard line, Lawrence was sacked for -13 yards to put the Jaguars out of field goal range. Cooke was able to pin the Browns at the 5-yard line.

On Cleveland’s first play, Flacco hit Cooper for 19 yards off play action, but Andrew Wingard forced a fumble and Devin Lloyd came up with the recovery. One play later, Lawrence found Engram for a 10-yard touchdown to make it a one-score game. Ezra Cleveland left with a knee injury and is questionable to return.

Jaguars 7, Browns 14

Cleveland was forced to punt after committing three penalties in one short drive, and Jacksonville got the ball back at the opposing 44-yard line after a nice punt return by Parker Washington. The Jaguars got a few yards from the red zone thanks to first downs via Jones and Engram, but then Lawrence threw an interception due to a miscommunication with Ridley.

Both teams punted again before the end of the first half.

Third quarter

Jacksonville got the ball to start the second half. Three plays in, Parker Washington caught his first pass of the day and promptly fumbled it away to the Browns. Cleveland went 22 yards in 7 plays to score another touchdown, this time from Kareem Hunt on the ground.

Jaguars 7, Browns 21

The Jaguars went three-and-out on its next drive, but Antonio Johnson made a huge play by strip-sacking Flacco. Jeremiah Ledbetter recovered the fumble at the 25-yard line, and after first down pickups by Engram and Ridley, Etienne punched in a touchdown from the 1-yard line.

Jaguars 14, Browns 21

Cleveland put together a nice drive buoyed by three straight Flacco completions — 13 yards to Moore, 10 yards to Cooper, and 6 yards to Ford — but the Jaguars were able to force a punt near midfield to get the ball at their own 6-yard line.

Fourth quarter

Lawrence threw his third interception of the day on a 3rd-and-1 targeting Ridley downfield. Four plays later, Flacco found David Bell wide open on 4th-and-3 for a 41-yard score.

Jaguars 14, Browns 28

Jacksonville responded with a 9-play, 75-yard drive that included two first downs by Ridley and was capped by a 19-yard touchdown by Washington.

Jaguars 21, Browns 28

The Browns put together a 10-play drive but only made it 29 yards downfield before having to punt to the Jaguars. Jacksonville got a first down with an 11-yard gain from Engram, but on 4th-and-3, a pass attempt to Jones fell short. From there, Cleveland’s Dustin Hopkins iced the game with a 55-yard field goal.

Jaguars 21, Browns 31

Jacksonville was able to get into the endzone again on a 1-yard touchdown by Engram, but it proved to be too little too late.

FINAL: Jaguars 27, Browns 31

Written by: Gus Logue

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