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Jacksonville’s final drive stopped and Jags fall to Kansas City

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The Jacksonville Jags were close to pulling a game out Sunday. In the end, they weren’t close enough.

The Jags drove to the Kansas City 30 with 2:15 to play Sunday afternoon, but the drive ended there. On second-and-one, Blake Bortles threw an incomplete pass. On third-and-one, T.J. Yeldon was thrown for a two-yard loss. And on fourth-and-one, Bortles threw another incompletion.

After that, Kansas City ran the clock out on a 19-14 victory.

The Jags, playing their first game under new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, trailed for most of the game. It was 10-0 in the second quarter, but Bortles hit Allen Robinson for a one-yard touchdown with two seconds to play in the half.

Kansas City added three field goals after halftime to take a 19-7 lead, but with 4:10 to play, Bortles hit Yeldon on a 13-yard scoring play to get within striking distance.

Jacksonville had four turnovers, including one when Chris Ivory crossed the goal.

“When you look at it, it comes to turnovers,” said Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley. “We held them to one-for-14 on third downs. We had 205 yards rushing. But we didn’t come here to collect positives. We came here to win.”

Bortles threw for 252 yards and two scores to lead Jacksonville. Running back Ivory rushed for 107 yards on 18 carries.

Jacksonville outrushed the Chiefs 205-62. In all, the Jags had 449 yards, almost 119 more their average.

The Jags are home against Houston Sunday.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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