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Five key plays: Broncos 21, Jaguars 17

Five key plays: Broncos 21, Jaguars 17


3. ETN again. Jaguars running back Travis Etienne has been remarkably productive in recent weeks – and remarkably consistent in producing big plays. The second-year veteran kept that trend going in the first half Sunday, rushing for 94 yards on 11 carries and setting up the Jaguars’ second score with yet another explosive run. Etienne, the No. 25 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft who has started the last three games, ran left on second-and-10 from the Jaguars 27. He got free down the sidelines for a 49-yard gain to the Broncos 24, Etienne’s third consecutive game with a run of at least 48 yards. Kicker Riley Patterson’s 37-yard field goal four plays later pushed the Jaguars’ lead to 10-0 with 8:43 remaining in the half. Etienne finished the game with 156 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game. “Just being a competitor, it sucks,” Etienne said. “When you have an L in the stats, it doesn’t matter. Although we did some good things out there, we didn’t come out with a W, so therefore I didn’t do enough to win the game.”

4. First and 98. The defense had a real chance early in the second half to turn the game in the Jaguars’ favor. The Broncos instead turned it into an impressive drive to take momentum and a four-point lead. After Jaguars safety Daniel Thomas downed Logan Cooke’s 45-yard punt at the Broncos two, Denver faced first-and-10 from there. Wilson found rookie tight end Greg Dulcich for 22 yards on the drive’s first play, then found Dulcich for 38 yard to the Jaguars one later in the drive. Veteran running back Melvin Gordon’s one-yard run gave the Broncos their first lead of the game, 14-10, with 5:07 remaining in the third quarter.

5. Uh oh … The Jaguars took a 17-14 lead on Etienne’s one-yard run with 3:54 remaining, but the Broncos immediately drove to retake the lead. The key play on the drive came on the first play of the possession when Wilson found wide receiver K.J. Hamler deep down the right…

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