This is a scary season, and the Jaguars saved New Orleans from late-night football fear.
Jacksonville orchestrated a remarkable season turnaround by securing a 31-24 victory over New Orleans, thanks to a stalwart performance by the Jaguars’ defense that foiled the Saints’ late resurgence. This triumph propelled the Jaguars to a four-game winning streak, while the defeat left the Saints with a 3-4 season record.
For most of the game, the Jaguars held sway, seizing an early lead in the first half and marching into the fourth quarter with a commanding 24-9 advantage.
During this time, the Saints’ offense appeared completely disoriented, with quarterback Derek Carr’s pick-six to Foye Oluokun and Alvin Kamara struggling to wield any of his primary offensive weapons.
However, despite Trevor Lawrence and the Jags failing to put the game out of reach, they allowed the Saints to hang around.
As a result, the Saints managed to secure two touchdowns during the fourth quarter, swiftly equalizing the match within a mere six-minute span and substantially tilting the momentum in favor of the home team within the Caesars Superdome.
Nonetheless, this scenario took a dramatic turn with the arrival of Christian Kirk in the Jaguars’ lineup. Following a series of punt exchanges between both teams, the wide receiver orchestrated an impressive 44-yard touchdown, propelling Jacksonville into the lead once more with a mere 3 minutes and 8 seconds remaining on the clock.
During the waning moments of the game, the Saints made a valiant effort to level the score. Taysom Hill threw a touchdown pass to Foster Moreau, but he couldn’t make the catch. A pass to Chris Olave on the fourth down fell incomplete as the Jaguars held on for the win.
Final Score: Jaguars 31, Saints 24
In the end, the Saints couldn’t manage to piece things together against the Jaguars until it became a case of “too little, too late.” Jacksonville saw their record rise to 5-2, while New Orleans found themselves slipping to 3-4.
At 11:23 PM – Carr targeted Olave from the outside, but Buster Brown locked down the Saints wide receiver, leaving it incomplete. He’s doing that because the Saints are coming close to an incredible comeback, but they keep falling short.
At 11:21 PM – Oh, so close for Moro. At the third and goal, Hill leaves the end zone open on the left corner, Carr finds it, but it slips through Moro’s fingers, leaving it incomplete. With 25 seconds remaining, this will be the Saints’ fourth down.
At 11:19 PM – After Olave’s catch for eight yards, Kamara runs for four yards to bring the Saints to the six-yard line of Jacksonville. With under a minute remaining in regular play, the Saints find themselves seven points behind on the scoreboard.
At 11:12 PM – Carr hits Hill for 18 yards, then dumps it off to Kamara for two more. Saints have the ball on the Jaguars’ 41-yard line with 2 minutes to go in the warning.
Jaguars 31, Saints 24
At 11:12 PM – Touchdown! Bang-Bang-TD. Carr tosses one to Thomas behind the end zone, and the receiver stays inbounds for the score. New Orleans doesn’t waste any time getting onto the field and into the end zone.
The Saints go for two, and Carr leaps over the defense to tie the game. The score is Jaguars 24, Saints 24.
At 10:57 PM – Jaguars are the first to go down, but after three consecutive plays, they are stopped, and they’ll have to punt. I mentioned this earlier; Jacksonville let New Orleans hang around, and now they’re paying for it. The Saints have the ball at 4:30.
Jaguars 24, Saints 17
At 10:56 PM – Carr connects with Thomas in the first play of the drive for a gain of 17. He follows that up with an 18-yard reception to Hill on the 19-yard line, finding the open space.
At 10:54 PM – Turnover on downs! Lawrence gives it to Etienne Jr. as an option to read, but the Saints defense tackles him before he can go down. If you’ve heard me say this before, stop me – Saints’ defense is the only reason this is still a close game. This time, the unit established itself at their 47-yard line, with Carr and the offense set up with 7:29 remaining.