Postgame review: Jacksonville Jaguars drop third straight to Atlanta Falcons

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The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Atlanta Falcons in a rare NFL matchup of the Florida and Georgia teams. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, a Georgia native, is in search of his third career professional win, while the Jags are fighting to halt a two-game losing streak. The Falcons, quarterbacked by 14th-year veteran Matt Ryan, have struggled on offense. They have scored only three points in the last two games, while losing ground in the playoff chase in the NFC South. The Jaguars' struggling offense will be without wide receiver Jamal Agnew, who sustained a season-ending injury last week against the San Francisco 49ers.

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7:35 p.m. | As Jags' Groundhog Day goes on, eyes turn to NFL Draft

With a 2-9 record guaranteeing the Jaguars a tenth losing season in the last 11 years, you can’t blame the fan base for resuming the timeless tradition around Thanksgiving of starting to monitor NFL draft prospects.

Really, what else is there to look forward to these last six games, except likely more Sundays of Groundhog Day as they witnessed at TIAA Bank Field against the Atlanta Falcons?

| Read more --Gene Frenette

6:50 p.m. | Jaguars TE James O'Shaughnessy makes return vs. Falcons

Until Sunday, Jaguars tight end James O'Shaughnessy had not played in a game since Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.

Shaughnessy made his first game appearance since coming off the injured reserve list with a high ankle sprain.

| Read more --John Reid

6:35 p.m. | Falcons' versatile Cordarrelle Patterson exposes continued flaws in Jaguars defense

The Jaguars' defense has proven this season it can scheme one of its opponent's leading runners or receivers out of the game. It hasn't shown it can it do it when it's the same guy. | Read more --Garry Smits

6:25 p.m. | Falcons' Dante Fowler, Kyle Pitts beat Jaguars in their Jacksonville return

It wasn’t exactly a revenge game, but Dante Fowler was sure to make a mark in his first game back in Jacksonville. The outside linebacker had a first-half sack and put pressure on Trevor Lawrence that forced a poor pass by the rookie quarterback to end the first half. | Read more --Juston Lewis

5:35 p.m. | Jaguars rookie Tyson Campbell finally gets his first NFL interception

It was a sweet moment in another bitter loss for the Jaguars on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. Rookie cornerback Tyson Campbell, maligned since training camp for his uncanny knack of covering a receiver well, then losing the football in the air, pulled down his first career NFL interception against the Atlanta Falcons late in the second quarter, doing just what he had failed to do earlier this season. | Read more --Garry Smits

5:15 p.m. | Report Card: Discipline, firepower come up short

Times-Union sports columnist Gene Frenette grades the Jaguars’ performance against the Atlanta Falcons based on execution, effort and game circumstances. | Read more --Gene Frenette

4:10 p.m. | Jaguars make late push, still come up short against Falcons

Marvin Jones' acrobatic play was one of the best catches of the day and running back James Robinson also made an exceptional one-handed grab in the fourth quarter.

But the Jaguars needed far more big plays Sunday, and they couldn't get enough of them in their 21-14 loss to the Falcons. | Read more --John Reid

3:57 p.m. | FINAL: Atlanta 21, Jacksonville 14

A third straight defeat for the Jaguars.

3:55 p.m. | Drive breaks down, Jags turn over on downs

No success on this one. Trevor Lawrence converted to Marvin Jones for one first down, but Lawrence couldn't connect with receivers afterward.

Jags are dropping to 2-9.

3:45 p.m. | Tyson Campbell makes the stop

The rookie cornerback breaks up Matt Ryan's pass on third-and-3. That means the Jaguars, down 21-14 to the Falcons, will get one more chance to tie the score with about two and a half minutes to go.

3:42 p.m. | Penalty extends Atlanta drive

The Jaguars had the Falcons stopped, but Nevin Lawson got flagged for holding. It's a first down for Atlanta near midfield with 3:25 to go. The Falcons likely only need another couple of first downs to seal this game.

After two fourth-down penalties in this game, it's a costly habit for the Jaguars.

3:33 p.m. | Field goal Jaguars: Matthew Wright on target

It's a one-score game now. After all the Jaguars' struggles in this game, they've clawed back into the contest on Matthew Wright's 34-yard field goal.

It could have been a touchdown, though. The Jaguars drove all the way to the 5 on a James Robinson run, after a series of on-target passes from Trevor Lawrence. But right tackle Jawaan Taylor was flagged for holding, halting the drive.

Falcons 21, Jaguars 14, 6:28 4th.

3:13 p.m. | END OF THIRD QUARTER: Atlanta 21, Jacksonville 11

Still 15 minutes to go. Can the Jaguars come back in this one?

3:10 p.m. | Touchdown Jaguars: Tavon Austin makes TD grab

That was by far the best drive for the Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence delivered a couple of strikes downfield, with a particularly good catch from James O'Shaughnessy, before finding Tavon Austin on a 7-yard pass in the back of the end zone. James Robinson had a couple of effective runs on that drive as well.

O'Shaughnessy caught a 2-point conversion pass from Lawrence to narrow the deficit to 10 points.

Falcons 21, Jaguars 11, 0:22 3rd.

2:49 p.m. | Touchdown Falcons: Smooth drive ends in score

Atlanta made that look too easy. The Jaguars never got anything going on their possession, and the Falcons responded quickly. Matt Ryan led the offense down the field, ending the drive with a 12-yard pass to Russell Gage.

Falcons 21, Jaguars 3, 7:47 3rd.

2:36 p.m. | Third quarter kicks off

Back to the game. The Jaguars are ready to receive the second-half kickoff.

2:24 p.m. | HALFTIME: Atlanta 14, Jacksonville 3

That's halftime. It's been a rough one for the Jaguars, with two turnovers and two costly fourth-down penalties, but they're still not yet out of the contest.

2:19 p.m. | Interception: Jaguars' Tyson Campbell makes the pick

Time for another score before the break? Matt Ryan goes deep but Tyson Campbell sneaks in underneath to make the acrobatic pick at midfield.

2:15 p.m. | Field goal Jaguars: Matthew Wright puts Jacksonville on board

The shutout is over. The Jaguars marched 70 yards in 14 plays, with assistance from a memorable one-handed catch downfield from Marvin Jones. But Dare Ogunbowale dropped a potential touchdown pass on third down, and rather than trying for fourth-and-goal from the 4, Urban Meyer called for the kicking unit.

Matthew Wright converted from 22 yards to narrow the deficit just before the half.

Falcons 14, Jaguars 3, 0:45 2nd.

1:57 p.m. | Touchdown Atlanta: Cordarrelle Patterson punishes leverage penalty

Very ugly first half for the Jaguars. After the fumble, the Jaguars had Atlanta stopped, with Younghoe Koo coming on to boot a 43-yard field goal. But the Jaguars were hit with the rare leverage penalty, their second flag on a fourth down, and the Falcons elected to take the points off the board and extend their drive.

Cordarrelle Patterson wasted no time, running to the end zone from 13 yards out.

Falcons 14, Jaguars 0, 6:40 2nd.

Younghoe Koo had

1:52 p.m. | James Robinson fumbles, Atlanta recovers

It's getting worse for the Jags. After a punt, James Robinson fumbles the ball inside the Atlanta 30, and lineman Marlon Davidson falls on the ball for the Falcons. Prime field position for the visitors.

1:46 p.m. | Oops: Offside gives Falcons new life

How ugly has this first half been for the Jaguars? Try jumping offside on fourth-and-inches bad. The Jaguars had the Falcons backed up inside their own 10, but Lerentee McCray's offside means 5 free yards and another chance for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense.

1:41 p.m. | It's a pick: Trevor Lawrence is intercepted

That's right: It's a turnover. Trevor Lawrence hasn't had the best start in the passing game for the Jaguars, and this time, his deep pass is picked off by Atlanta safety Duron Harmon at the 1. That pass was thrown into significant traffic, and it looked like Lawrence might have thought an early flag meant a free play, but the penalty turned out to be an illegal formation on the Jaguars.

In addition, Jaguars tight end Dan Arnold was hurt earlier in the drive.

1:34 p.m. | End of first quarter: Atlanta 7, Jacksonville 0

Not a great start (once again) for the Jaguars.

1:30 p.m. | Touchdown Atlanta: Cordarrelle Patterson ends long drive

A Falcons offense that hadn't scored a touchdown for 144 minutes makes it look pretty easy on the way to the end zone. The Jaguars were repeatedly beaten in the trenches and missed several tackles on that one.

Atlanta finished it off with Cordarrelle Patterson racing to the end zone on a 7-yard sweep around the left end.

Falcons 7, Jaguars 0, 0:38 1st.

1:22 p.m. | Drive fizzles out for Jaguars O

Still no points on the scoreboard. The Jaguars made a nice start to their first drive, including a third-down completion to Marvin Jones, but Trevor Lawrence missed on throws downfield on second and third down. Both appeared to be miscommunications between quarterback and receive

1:07 p.m. | Jaguars' Josh Allen is down

News that Jaguars fans don't want: Josh Allen was down on the field and receiving attention from trainers. Eventually, the third-year edge rusher walked to the sidelines. He's been the top performer on this Jacksonville defense this season.

1:00 p.m. | Kickoff time is here

It's another Florida vs. Georgia matchup in Jacksonville: The Jaguars and Falcons are ready to go at TIAA Bank Field.

12:45 p.m. | Staff predictions for Falcons-Jaguars

What do Times-Union writers expect for Sunday's game? Find out. | Read more --The Times-Union

12:30 p.m. | Jaguars defense has to contain Kyle Pitts, be prepared for Cordarelle Patterson's multiple skills

The Jaguars' defense may take heart that they’re facing an Atlanta Falcons offense on Sunday that has produced three points, seven turnovers, a .136 third-down conversion rate and a 23.87 passer rating from starting quarterback Matt Ryan and two backups who got garbage time, Josh Rosen and Feleipe Franks.

But they shouldn’t take it for granted either. | Read more --Garry Smits

12:20 p.m. | Falcons coach Arthur Smith touts Jaguars LB Myles Jack

Arthur Smith considered Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack a pain to prepare against when he was the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator.

Nothing has changed now that Smith is in his first season as the Atlanta Falcons head coach. | Read more --John Reid

12:10 p.m. | Jaguars need wide receivers to step up in place of injured Jamal Agnew

Jaguars wide receiver Jamal Agnew was a playmaker that Urban Meyer and his offensive coaching staff coveted.

He had the speed to break on a dime, get open, and gain significant yardage after the catch. However, the Jaguars won't have Agnew to lean on when they play the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. | Read more --John Reid

11:45 p.m. | Jaguars Roundtable: Will Jaguars' defense bounce back against Atlanta?

Since a stunning 9-6 home victory against the Buffalo Bills in Week 9, the Jaguars have lost two straight and four of their last five games. | Read more --The Times-Union

11:30 a.m. | Jaguars' Jacob Hollister uses singing, songwriting as outlet to pressure of playing in the NFL

Jacob Hollister has played for four NFL teams in five years, from New England to Seattle, a training camp stint in Buffalo and now with the Jaguars as a backup tight end to Dan Arnold.

But through good times and hard, the ups and downs of the stressful life of playing in the NFL, Hollister goes to wherever home is after practices or games, and loses himself in the music. | Read more --Garry Smits

11:20 a.m. | Keys to victory

Here's what the Jaguars and Falcons need to finish Sunday's game with a victory. | Read more --Garry Smits

11 a.m. | Jaguars' Urban Meyer wants more creative play-calling, run-option for Trevor Lawrence

Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has heard the criticism and the speculation about the staff at odds over quarterback Trevor Lawrence's development.

Bevell says their offensive staff is not having any significant disagreements because Lawrence's development is continuing. | Read more --John Reid

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Falcons vs. Jaguars: Live updates for Atlanta at Jacksonville, NFL Week 12