It wasn’t easy but the Jacksonville Jaguars edged the Miami Dolphins in Week 6 and earned their first victory of the 2021 season. At times, especially early in the game, it looked like the Jags were on the way to lose yet another game. Nevertheless, they showed resilience and competed up until the last second, literally.
After kicker Matthew Wright tied the game 20-20 with a 54-field goal attempt, the defense made a key stop in the fourth quarter and got the ball back for the offense with less than two minutes left in the game. The Jags were at Miami’s 46-yard line. However, a couple of sacks forced them to move back to their own 44 For a moment, it looked like the Jags were going to attempt a hail mary or let the clock run out and go to overtime. After all, there were just six seconds remaining on the clock.
However, Jacksonville threw a curveball at everyone and made a bold call instead of playing “not to lose”. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw a quick pass to wide receiver Laviska Shenault that got them to the Dolphins’ 44-yard line. From there, Wright kicked the game-winning field goal. The rookie passer told the local media the play was called the ‘slider kill’.
Of course, it was a collective effort but the Jags’ kicking game had been less than stellar in the first five games of the season. Wright had just missed two extra-point attempts and a kick against the Titans but the team’s trust in him paid off and he answered the call when they needed him the most. Just last week, the Central Florida product missed an extra-point attempt and a field goal. Still, the Jaguars opted to him sign him to the active roster ahead of the game and handle kicking duties over Josh Lambo against the Dolphins.
Wright deserves a game ball and so do other Jaguars players. Here are more observations about the team’s first win since Week 1 of the 2020 season.