JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – – — Rayshawn Jenkins grabbed the ball creeps starting from the earliest stage and dashed the alternate way.
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He might have left nothing to chance and removed a knee or ventured from limits. However, this wasn’t the time or spot — not for a never returned person interfering with a score.
Not in the NFL. Not in school. Not in secondary school. Not even as a youngster playing peewee football in Florida. So Jenkins had one thought: score.
Jenkins captured Dak Prescott’s tipped pass in extra time and returned it 52 yards for a score that gave the Jacksonville Panthers a shocking 40-34 triumph over the Dallas Cowpokes on Sunday.
“That is a play you long for since you were 8 years of age since I began playing this game, to be the person to make a play like that for us to get that success,” said Jenkins, who turned into the primary player in NFL history with 18 handles and two captures in a similar game. “That was cool to do.”
Tre Herndon tipped Prescott’s low toss to Noah Brown, and Jenkins made a shoestring snatch and went immaculate to the end zone to end Jacksonville’s 20-game pallet — an NFL record — against groups from the other gathering.
“I was running for dear life,” Jenkins said. “My hamstrings going to pull and everything.”
Prescott sat on the field in dismay as the Pumas commended one of their more implausible successes in establishment history.
“Unfortunate bob for us; amazing play by them,” Ranchers mentor Mike McCarthy said.
The stunner finished Dallas’ four-game series of wins and kept it from getting an NFC trump card spot, basically for the time being. Jacksonville (6-8), in the meantime, wound up making strides in reeling Tennessee (7-7) in the upside-down AFC South.
The Panthers raged back from a 27-10 deficiency to start to lead the pack in the final quarter, just to see Prescott and the Cattle rustlers reply. Trevor Lawrence drove Jacksonville into position for Riley Patterson’s 48-yard field that sent the game into extra time.
Jacksonville won the coin throw and got an opportunity to win it however went three-and-out. Jenkins’ pick-6 three plays later finished the game.
“To end the game on a pick-6, better believe it, it’s intense,” Prescott said. “It’s intense. It’s baffling. … Intense stepping line, attempting to make a play, attempting to be forceful, and simultaneously not seriously jeopardizing the ball.”
Prescott finished 23 of 30 passes for 256 yards, with three scores and two interferences. Two of his TD passes went to Brown.
Lawrence was better. He finished 27 of 42 passes for 318 yards, with four scores and a capture. Lawrence likewise lost a mishandle. Three of his TD passes went to Zay Jones. Travis Etienne ran for 103 yards.
It was Jacksonville’s most memorable cross-gathering win since the 2018 season opener against the New York Monsters. The 20-game pallet was one of a few series of failures Jacksonville has finished in mentor Doug Pederson’s most memorable season.
“We’re here to switch things around,” Panthers recipient Christian Kirk said.