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Jaguars fall to the Falcons 24-12 on the road Sunday

Another late 4th quarter push falls short giving Jacksonville their 10th loss this season.
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Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

ATLANTA — The worst start to a game this year came on the road in Atlanta for the Jaguars. After giving up a touchdown in the first 4 minutes of the game, Michael Walker fumbled the ensuing kickoff which led to another Falcons score. The Jaguars were down 14-0 before they ran an offensive play.

Doug Marrone said "It's tough for all of us" after the game in reference to the 14-0 deficit.

The last two weeks have been a struggle for Gardner Minshew in the first half. The rookie quarterback is 6/20 for just 90 yards in the first half of the last two games. If it wasn't for a successful fake punt by Logan Cooke, the Jaguars would have been shut out in the first half in Atlanta.

Julio Jones proved to be a problem today as many expected, he totaled 166 yards on 10 catches. 

"That's a credit to the type of player he is"

Doug Marrone was complimentary towards Julio Jones following the loss.

Jacksonville made a late push when Gardner Minshew connected with Chris Conley for a touchdown to cut the lead to 24-12 early in the 4th quarter. But unfortunately that would be the only time the Jaguars found the end zone on Sunday.

"Defensively we were fighting, we gave up too many chunk plays"

Marrone said the offense struggled but the defense dug them a hole early that they were not able to recover from.

Jacksonville falls to 5-10 with only the Colts remaining on their schedule.