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Jaguars impress, despite loss

By September 11, 2012

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First-year head coach Mike Mularkey couldn't lead the Jaguars to a win in their opening day road game against the Minnesota Vikings, but the young team showed enough promise in defeat to leave many Jags' fans feeling optimistic.

Second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert had a career day, throwing for 260 yards and 2 touchdowns. Gabbert's passer rating of 96.1 was a career high.

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew performed admirably given his holdout absence, carrying the ball 19 times for 77 yards.

Gabbert drove the Jags down the field with less than 2 minutes to play, capping the drive with a 39-yard touchdown pass to second-year receiver Cecil Shorts.

The score put the Jaguars up by three, but the Vikings sent the game into overtime where the Jaguars eventually fell short.

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