What started so well ended so much differently.
The loss was the third in as many home games for the Jaguars this season, with all three losses coming by 17 points or more.
“It wasn’t a good performance,” Gabbert said after the Bears outscored the Jaguars 38-0 in the final 21 minutes in front of 67,012 at EverBank.
“It was really a tale of two halves. I could talk up here all night about what we did, but that’s not going to cure anything. We’ve got to come out in the second half and play better football. That starts with me.”
Gabbert completed 17 of 33 passes for 142 yards and no touchdowns with the two interceptions, while rookie wide receiver
He finished with 56 yards on 12 carries.
The Jaguars, after being outgained 191-144 and being tied 3-3 at halftime, managed three first downs in the second half. Chicago outgained the Jaguars during the half, 310-45.
But it wasn’t until five minutes remained in the third quarter that the game truly turned.
The Jaguars held the Bears to a field goal on Chicago’s first drive of the second half, a 76-yard, 17-play possession on which the Bears needed 9:18 to scrape out a 31-yard field goal by Robbie Gould.
That made it 6-3, Chicago, but on the first play of the ensuing possession, left tackle
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman intercepted and weaved through the Jaguars’ offense for a 36-yard touchdown and a 13-3 lead.
The Jaguars never crossed midfield again.
The Bears scored 28 fourth-quarter points, including touchdown passes of 10 and 24 yards from Jay Cutler to Alshon Jeffery and
“Two Pick Sixes in a half – that’s awful,” Gabbert said.
A defense that allowed 10 first-half first downs allowed 16 in the second half, and the Bears’ final touchdown came on a 46-yard run by reserve running back Armando Allen, a second-year veteran who had 47 career rushing yards entering the game.
The Jaguars with the loss slipped to 1-4, and with the bye week scheduled for next week before a West Coast trip to Oakland, cornerback
“Five games in, and we still haven’t pieced a complete game together – all pieces,” Mathis said. “It’s a long season, but we can’t be saying this forever. We understand that.”