Jacksonville at Kansas City

Jones-Drew awakens as Jags knock out Chiefs, Huard

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- For 59 minutes and 59 seconds, Jacksonville dealt Kansas City a humiliating shutout.

As the final second ticked off the clock, the shutout vanished but the humiliation is going to stick around a while.

Controlling the line of scrimmage and stopping everybody wearing a Kansas City uniform except tight end Tony Gonzalez, the Jaguars held the Chiefs to a shocking 10 yards rushing Sunday en route to a dominating 17-7 victory that had Arrowhead Stadium rocking with boos.

Two-time Pro Bowler Larry Johnson had only 12 yards on nine carries, 126 fewer than he rolled up on this same field last Dec. 31 in Kansas City's 35-30 victory over these same Jaguars. The 10 yards rushing were the second fewest in the history of a franchise whose roots go back to the inaugural season of the AFL in 1960.

"You can't ask for anything more," said cornerback Rashean Mathis. "Our key coming in was to stop (Johnson) because he's a great back. We knew if we stopped him, they'd have a long day."

Maurice Jones-Drew sped 52 yards for one touchdown and David Garrard hit Dennis Northcutt for 40 yards to set up another as the Jaguars (3-1) won their third in a row and dropped the Chiefs to 2-3.

Only Brodie Croyle's 13-yard touchdown pass to Samie Parker on the final play enabled the Chiefs to avoid their first shutout at home since 1994. Until then, the closest they came to scoring was Dave Rayner's missed 32-yard field goal attempt.

"I'm so glad we didn't get shut out. So glad," said Gonzalez, who had eight catches for 100 yards.

The meaningless touchdown didn't give left guard Brian Waters much solace.

"That didn't take any light off the terrible performance we had," Waters said.

The Chiefs had 271 yards total offense, with 70 coming in the final last-minute drive that Croyle led because starting quarterback Damon Huard had gone out late in the fourth quarter with a bruised shoulder.

"We were out there talking to (Johnson) and having a little fun," said Jacksonville linebacker Clint Ingram.

"For a guy of his caliber, his style of play and the way he plays, a big physical running back, one of the best running backs in the league, to hold him to (12) yards, that's a good job as a defense. We take pride in something like that."

David Garrard was 20 of 27 for 218 yards and one touchdown, and has not been intercepted since Ty Law picked him off in that game here last Dec. 31 and caused coach Jack Del Rio to bench him. Just after his 40-yard gain, Northcutt wiggled into the end zone with a 3-yard scoring pass.

The Chiefs, who have suffered from poor field position all year, began their first three second-half possessions on their own 3, 20 and 8. In the first half, they started only one drive beyond their own 23.

It was the Jags who sustained things. In an 18-play, 77-yard march in the first quarter that netted only John Carney's 20-yard field goal, the Jaguars tied a team record for number of plays on a scoring drive. At 10 minutes, 55 seconds, it was the second-longest scoring drive in team history. The Jags had second-and-goal from the 5, but Donnie Edwards stopped Jones-Drew on third-and-goal from the 3.

In the second quarter, Jones-Drew, held to no gain his two previous runs, burst through a big hole and quickly hit full stride. Twice he turned safety Jarrad Page with quick stutter steps and then outran 33-year-old cornerback Ty Law to the end zone for the Jags' longest run of the year.

"He did a little Barry Sanders move there and spun the guy around," said Garrard. "When you have stuff like that, it takes so much pressure off your quarterback and so much off your offensive line when guys can make big plays like that. Everybody is doing a good job right now."


  • The Chiefs record for fewest rushing yards in a game is zero, against Denver in 1965.
  • Jacksonville was the first opponent in 24 games to avoid having a turnover against the Chiefs.
  • Huard was holding his shoulder gingerly in the locker room and said he had no idea what his status might be for this week's game against Cincinnati.
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Maurice Jones-Drew has his best game of the season, finishing with more than 100 total yards.
Maurice Jones-Drew has his best game of the season, finishing with more than 100 total yards. (AP)


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Scoring Summary
FGJohn Carney 20 Yd, 0:00. Drive: 18 plays, 77 yards in 10:55.
TDMaurice Jones-Drew, 52 Yd run (John Carney kick is good), 8:36. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards in 3:04.
TDDennis Northcutt, 3 Yd pass from David Garrard (John Carney kick is good), 8:26. Drive: 9 plays, 81 yards in 5:03.
TDSamie Parker, 13 Yd pass from Brodie Croyle (Dave Rayner kick is good), 0:00. Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards in 1:54.
Players of the Game

T. Gonzalez
Rec 8
Yds 100
Avg 12.5
TD 0

D. Garrard
Att 27
Comp 20
Yds 218
TD 1
D. Garrard20/2721810
M. Jones-Drew982152
F. Taylor1651011
G. Jones61403
D. Garrard49010
D. Northcutt473140
G. Estandia338018
M. Jones-Drew330012
M. Jones220011
M. Lewis31306
E. Wilford112012
R. Williams21208
G. Jones111011
F. Taylor1909
Kansas City
D. Huard19/3019601
B. Croyle6/138310
L. Johnson91207
M. Bennett1-20-2
T. Gonzalez8100022
D. Bowe470035
K. Wilson231030
S. Parker228115
J. Webb226020
K. Smith221011
L. Johnson5307
Complete Player Stats
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DAL 25 Final
BUF 24
CHI 27 Final
GB 20
BAL 9 Final
SF 7
SD 41 Final
ARI 34 Final
STL 31
DET 3 Final
WAS 34
ATL 13 Final
TEN 20
SEA 0 Final
PIT 21
NYJ 24 Final
NYG 35
CAR 16 Final
NO 13
CLE 17 Final
NE 34
TB 14 Final
IND 33
MIA 19 Final
HOU 22