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Broncos End Losing Streak, Defeat Jaguars in London

Broncos vs. Jaguars Recap

Denver’s losing streak is finally over.

The Broncos (3-5) used a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6),  21-17, and end their four-game losing streak. As for Jacksonville, they’ve now lost five straight games after starting the season at 2-1.

Denver’s game-winning drive started with three minutes and 54 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, right after Jacksonville scored a touchdown to go ahead 17-14. A struggling Russell Wilson hit wide receiver, KJ Hamler deep down the right sideline for a 47-yard completion after he beat Jaguars cornerback Tre Herndon.

Broncos running back Latavius Murray punched in the go-ahead touchdown roughly two minutes later. Jacksonville had one minute and 47 seconds left to drive down the field and retake the lead, but on quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s first pass, Denver cornerback K’Waun Williams made a diving INT. Denver proceeded to run out the clock after Wilson converted a fourth down with a quarterback sneak.

It wasn’t always pretty for the Broncos, as they scored just seven points in the first half. Wilson finished the game by completing 18-of-32 passes for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Rookie tight end Greg Dulcich made his presence felt as he led the team with 87 yards receiving on four catches.

The Jaguars had multiple opportunities to put Denver away early in the game but failed to do so. Lawrence threw one of his two INTs at the goal line, with Jacksonville leading 7-0 in the first quarter. He tried to force the ball to wide receiver Marvin Jones in the back of the endzone, but Broncos safety Justin Simmons jumped up to make an impressive INT.

Lawrence finished the game 18-of-31 for just 133 passing yards, one touchdown and those two interceptions. On the bright side, Jaguars running back Travis Etienne had an impressive performance in his first game since taking over for James Robinson, who was traded to the Jets this week.

Etienne racked up 24 carries, 156 rushing yards and one touchdown. He also ripped off a 49-yard run early in the game that helped Jacksonville extend its lead to 10-0.

Next up, the Broncos will leave London and head into their bye week, while the Jaguars will head home to face the Las Vegas Raiders.

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