The Jacksonville Jaguars nearly pulled off the biggest upset of Week 1.
Jacksonville lost to the Green Bay Packers 27-23 in a hard-fought affair.
After the game Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles shouldered a hefty portion of the blame due to a failed fourth-and-one attempt that virtually ended the contest.
“In a got-to-have-it situation they’re a big bring-the-house-team. I should have done something differently,” Bortles admitted per ESPN. “It’s fourth and a yard, fourth and 2, you’ve just got to get it.”
Bortles helped administer a late Jacksonville rally that fell short. The quarterback hit wide receiver Allen Hurns on a screen pass that didn’t go beyond the first-down marker and Green Bay kept the wideout in front of them.
The Jaguars were aggressive throughout the entire contest, going for it on fourth down on several occasions, but were not successful when it mattered most.
“We have to continue to learn from this and take another step,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said after the game.
Like Bortles, multiple players were disappointed with the way the ending transpired.
While plenty will point to the failed fourth-down conversion, Jacksonville’s pass rush was missing in action. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was comfortable in the pocket throughout most of the game. Rodgers threw for 199 yards and two touchdown and was only sacked one time.
The Jaguars will look to rebound next week against an already-banged-up Chargers team.