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Jaguars Vs. Vikings 2012: Jacksonville's Defensive Ends Struggle In Defeat

The Jacksonville Jaguars came up just a bit short against Minnesota and lost in overtime, 26-23. The Jaguars did some things well in defeat, but they also had problems. As SB Nation's Big Cat Country noted afterward, the team's defensive ends did not play particularly well.

While the Jaguars were thin on Sunday, carrying just three defensive ends in Jeremy Mincey, Andre Branch, and Aaron Morgan, the pressure on the quarterback was virtually non-existent. Mincey, surprisingly, was handled by Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt.

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Without much pressure from the Jaguars, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was able to have an efficient afternoon. He finished the game 20-of-27 for 270 yards and did not throw an interception. Jacksonville was only able to sack Ponder twice.

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