|Prince at EverBank Field|
This time the experience was a lot better than the last one we had in Columbus back in October.
After we ate, I drove us back to Jacksonville so we could see the Jets play the Jaguars before we caught our flight home at 7:59PM.
Once we got in the vicinity of EverBank Field which is the home of the Jaguars these days. The last time we saw a game there back in 2003 it was known as Alltel Stadium. After we saw the stadium, we drove around to look for a parking spot. We eventually found one on the street. We walked over towards the Stadium. We had to dodge the rain drops that were falling. We finally got to the area in front of the Stadium around 11:30AM which gave us plenty of time to round up tickets. Shortly thereafter, I heard a guy say who wants two tickets. I immediately ran over to him. He said give me $10. Without hesitation, I gladly did. I wound up getting a pair of $50 tickets for $10 total. That brightened our day and once we got inside the Stadium the rain stopped too. As a result, royalty was really ready for some football now.
We decided to visit our pal Ira Lieberfarb aka Ira from Staten Island who attends every Jet home and away game. He's done so since 2006. As always, it was great to see him again.
As for the game we saw, the Jets got off to a slow start. They couldn't get things going on offense. For that matter, neither could the Jaguars. The game remained scoreless after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Jaguars got a 31 yard field goal from their kicker Josh Scobee with 6:44 left until halftime to take a 3-0 lead. Later in the quarter, former Jet Dwight Lowery recovered a fumble and ran it in for an apparent touchdown that would have made the score 10-0 Jaguars. Thanks to instant replay that play was reviewed and the call was changed. The Jaguars maintained possession of the ball but they didn't score and they got the ball at their own 39 yard line. That was a huge play in the game. The Jets clamped down on defense and they only trailed 3-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Jets came out grounding and pounding the ball as they drove down the field to take the lead, 7-3 with 9:11 left in the quarter. Shonn Greene scored from a yard out to help culminate an impressive 57 yard drive. With 2:44 left in the quarter, the Jets extended their lead to 10-3 as kicker Nick Folk booted a 44 yard field goal.
In the fourth quarter, the Jets started to pull away as running back Bilal Powell scored a touchdown on a four yard run to make it a 17-3 game with 12:20 left. The Jaguars fought back as they got a 32 yard touchdown run from running back Montell Owens who made it a 17-10 game with 7:06 left. The Jets did everything in their power to try and blow the game but thankfully they managed to escape with the victory which kept their slim playoff hopes alive.
After the game, the King and I had plenty of time for another hearty dinner on the way to the airport. With that being said, we wound up going to Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, where you come as strangers and leave as family. The King had catfish for dinner while I enjoyed a sampler of sweet smokey ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken. It was delicious.
Once we were done we got gas and drove back to the airport. I rented the car to Hertz and we checked in for our flight back to LaGuardia via Charlotte again. We arrived in NYC just before midnight.
With that another memorable weekend getaway was in the books.
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