Question on the Jags: How demoralizing have these last two weeks been with the close losses?
Tight losses like these are worse than blowouts for a team. The Jaguars aren't a bad team. They just haven't been able to put it all together to win a close game. This team is on the right track and will be pretty good under coach Jack Del Rio's tutelage.
Question on the Jets: Would Keyshawn would a good fit for this offense next year?
With the emergence of Santana Moss as a go-to receiver, Johnson may be the perfect fit for the Jets. He'll be able to give them a receiver who can control the middle of the field. Ironically he'll probably be taking the spot of former rival WR Wayne Chrebet.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Pennington guided another late comeback with calm, confidence
and a bit of deception, throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Santana
Moss with 26 seconds left to give the Jets a 13-10 win over the
With three minutes to go and no timeouts, Pennington efficiently
marched the Jets 94 yards. In every start he has made this season
since coming back from a broken left wrist, he has guided a
fourth-quarter rally. They are 2-2 in those games, beating the
Jaguars and Raiders, losing to the Colts and Giants.
"It's fun, but you don't want to make a living doing that,"
He almost never had a chance to win the game. After Chris
Fuamatu-Ma'afala scored on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1-yard
line to give Jacksonville (2-9) the lead with 4:24 remaining, the
Jets (4-7) went four-and-out.
Fans started leaving. But the Jets never gave up hope.
Jacksonville got the ball at the Jets 40. Coach Herman Edwards
turned to Pennington and said, `'You'll get the ball back, but
you're not going to have any timeouts."
And sure enough, the Jets used all their timeouts and the
much-maligned defense forced a punt with three minutes remaining.
A controversial pass interference call on Fernando Bryant aided
their cause, giving the Jets the ball at the Jaguars 47. Bryant
would not criticize the call, but said he and Jonathan Carter
simply ran into each other.
"I thought I closed the best way I could," Bryant said. "I'm
not going to question the refs, because all that does is get you a
fine. It doesn't matter if I question them or not, I helped put
them in position to win the game."
Pennington threw consecutive completions to Curtis Martin to the
Jaguars 22. Then on third-and-3, he threw a 14-yard pass to Jerald
Sowell. After a 4-yard completion to Martin, Pennington looked at
Moss, signaling he would go to the speedy receiver.
He then faked a spike and hiked the ball. Moss caught the ball
in the corner of the end zone for the winning score. Until that
point, he had one catch for 10 yards.
"Chad gave me the eye and he threw it up for me to make a
play," Moss said.
Pennington finished 25-of-39 for 236 yards with one touchdown
and one interception. Fellow Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich
was 17-of-33 for 172 yards with an interception. They embraced at
midfield after the game.
Fred Taylor had 32 carries for 119 yards -- his 26th career
100-yard game -- and his tough running on their lone touchdown drive
paved the way for Fuamatu-Ma'afala to score.
But the Jets' rally made up for an otherwise good performance by
the Jaguars' defense. Jacksonville outgained the Jets 330-282, had
nine more plays and outrushed them 158-61.
Pennington made all the difference.
"We pretty much dominated most of the game," Jaguars
linebacker Akin Ayodele said. "When you got a team down, it's the
law of the jungle. You keep them down. You choke them and suffocate
them. We didn't do that."
Offensively, the Jets could not gain any momentum until the
final drive. After scoring 86 total points in the last three games,
Pennington led an inconsistent effort. Tight end Anthony Becht had
a career-high 63 yards on five catches.
The Jaguars had plenty of opportunities in the first half, but
turnovers thwarted them. On their first drive, Taylor fumbled after
an 11-yard gain to the Jets 36 and Aaron Beasley recovered.
Beasley made another big play to save the Jets. After David
Allen returned a punt 52 yards to the Jets 22, the Jaguars seemed
poised to score. But on third-and-2 from the 3-yard line, Beasley
intercepted a pass by Leftwich in the end zone.
Early in the second quarter, Seth Marler missed a 36-yard field
goal wide right. On their next possession, the Jaguars had the ball
inside the Jets 10 again, but could not score a touchdown. Marler
made a 23-yard field goal to tie it.
In the end, Pennington finally won it for the Jets.
"You have to win games any way you can," Edwards said. "For
our guys to keep their composure, I thought they did a great job."
^Notes:@ DE John Abraham tweaked his strained right groin and did
not play in the second half. ... Moss caught a touchdown for the
seventh straight game. ... Kevin Johnson played in his first game
for the Jaguars and had five catches for 77 yards. Johnson was
released by the Browns on Nov. 11 after leading the team with 41
catches for 381 yards, and Jacksonville picked him up the following