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PHOTO ESSAY | Jaguars win home opener shutout

Published on September 18, 2022 at 11:06 pm

The Jaguars thumped Indianapolis 24-0 on Sunday afternoon in their 2022 home opener.

The paid attendance of 58,360 may have been one of the smallest for a home opener, but the players and coaches certainly fed off the energy.

“I thought we had a really good crowd today. They got loud on a couple of defensive fourth down plays, you know, in the second half, and that was good to see the guys out there,” Jags Coach Doug Pederson said afterward.

Jacksonville Today was on the sidelines at TIAA Bank Field.

Trevor Lawrence (16) and Christian Kirk, right, are all smiles after Kirk’s second touchdown reception of the game. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today

Sunday was the first time in nearly four years the Jaguars posted a shutout. Then, as now, Indianapolis was the victim. The Jags shutout the Colts 6-0 on Dec. 13, 2018.

Jaguars co-captain Josh Allen (41) tries to ignite the crowd at TIAA Bank Field during the team’s 2022 home opener. Allen recorded two sacks and a forced fumble to help the Jaguars (1-1) post their first shutout in nearly four years. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
The Jaguars shutout the Indianapolis Colts 24-0 to earn their first win of the 2022 season. The shutout was the team’s first in nearly four years. Indianapolis’ Jonathan Taylor (28) led the NFL in rushing yards in 2021, but was held to 54 rushing yards on Sunday. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today

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Sunday’s win was the eighth straight win over Indianapolis in Jacksonville. Afterward, Colts players called the loss “embarrassing.”

The Jaguars defense intercepted the Colts three times, sacked quarterback Matt Ryan five times and forced a turnover on downs twice.

Jaguars linebacker Caleb Johnson looks on during the first half of the team’s 2022 home opener. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today

“I think it just confirms you know, what we’re doing here, what we’re building the people, we have coaches and players included,” Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence said afterward. “And I think that’s really that’s really it. I mean, it confirms that we’re on the right track.”

Lawrence threw two touchdowns to new receiver Christian Kirk. He finished with 235 passing yards and no turnovers.

Jaguars punter Logan Cooke’s biggest contribution may have been holding for kicker Riley Patterson, who made all three extra points and a 52-yard field goal. Cooke averaged 45.6 yards per punt, but three of his kicks were after the game was well in hand.

Sunday was the first time Cooke’s 11-month-old son Cooper had a chance to watch him play.

The Jaguars (1-1) head to Los Angeles next week to face the Chargers (1-1). The next home game will be Oct. 9 against the Houston Texans.

Jaguars running back James Robinson celebrates his rushing touchdown during the team’s 2022 home opener on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today

author image Reporter, Jacksonville Today Will Brown is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. He previously reported for the Jacksonville Business Journal. And before that, he spent more than a decade as a sports reporter at The St. Augustine Record, Victoria (Texas) Advocate and the Tallahassee Democrat. Reach him at will@jaxtoday.org.
author image Reporter, Jacksonville Today Will Brown is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. He previously reported for the Jacksonville Business Journal. And before that, he spent more than a decade as a sports reporter at The St. Augustine Record, Victoria (Texas) Advocate and the Tallahassee Democrat. Reach him at will@jaxtoday.org.

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