Por­ous de­fense costs Jags

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runs so he could keep the clock mov­ing.

It was the first time Indy had two 100-yard rush­ers in the same game since Oct. 6, 1985, and only the third time in fran­chise history. What hap­pened?

“We didn’t tackle well,” Jaguars de­fen­sive end Calais Campbell said. “We’ve got to wear it. We played ugly. This is what we have done ev­ery game. But we will go back and watch the tape and fig­ure out what we can do bet­ter — fig­ure out how to per­form bet­ter be­cause to­day wasn’t us.”

Right now, this is what the Jags look like on pa­per.

They’ve let three of their last six op­po­nents to run for more than 200 yards, a span that be­gan with Carolina churn­ing out 285 in Week 5.

They’ve al­lowed 480 yards rush­ing in the past two games, 134.6 yards per week in 10 games and will likely con­tinue slid­ing down the NFL rank­ings after start­ing the day No. 22 against the run.

While they did man­age to pre­vent 330-pound All-Pro left guard Quen­ton Nelson from scor­ing on a 1-yard run, that mi­nor vic­tory only came after Nelson cel­e­brated the ini­tial call with his team­mates gath­er­ing around and lift­ing him up before a re­play re­view nul­li­fied the score.

But the worst part of Sunday’s per­for­mance might be the knowl­edge all of this came against an AFC South con­tender they had shut out twice in the pre­vi­ous four matchups — and on a day the Jags could have changed the com­plex­ion of the di­vi­sion race with start­ing quar­ter­back Nick Foles back on the field.

In­stead, they headed home with more ques­tions than an­swers and a game tape that will re­flect the num­bers on the stat sheet.

“We un­der­stand when we stop the run we are a tough team to beat,” Campbell said. “But when teams run like they did to­day, we’re go­ing to lose. No ifs, ands or buts about it. We can’t let them run like they did to­day and be ex­pected to win games. I don’t care who you are.”


Jaguars quar­ter­back Nick Foles looks for a re­ceiver while he’s un­der pres­sure against the Colts on Sunday in In­di­anapo­lis.

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