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Baltimore Ravens' defense leads the charge in win over Jacksonville Jaguars

Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens

Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass in the third quarter of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 14, 2014 in Baltimore. Credit: Getty Images / Patrick Smith

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens sacked rookie quarterback Blake Bortles eight times and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown to squeeze out a lackluster 20-12 victory over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Baltimore (9-5) gained only 31 yards rushing through three quarters and scored just once with its offense on the field. But the defense was solid, and special teams helped the Ravens got a victory they needed to stay in the thick of the AFC playoff chase.

Terrell Suggs was credited with 2 1/2 sacks and rookie Timmy Jernigan, starting for the suspended Haloti Ngata, had two.

Jacksonville (2-12) tried just about everything in its bid to pull off an upset, including an onside kick and a fake punt. Both worked, but it wasn't enough to earn the Jaguars their first win on the road.

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