Chiefs 16

(1-4, 1-2 away)

Jaguars 22

(4-2, 2-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 17, 2004


1 2 3 4 T
KC 3 0 7 616
JAX 7 7 0 822

Leftwich's late TD pass sinks Chiefs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars finally got off to a fast start. They still needed another frantic finish.

Eric Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen How surprising was it to see the Chiefs struggle coming off a bye week?

I'm very surprised. The Chiefs had a great win right before the bye and seemed to have momentum coming into the game. Instead they dropped a close one -- one they should've won and needed to win. Now this team is headed for a long season. They have a stagnant offense that isn't putting up the gaudy numbers it was last season. They need that offense because the defense isn't good enough to stop anybody. The Super Bowl and playoff hopes that the Chiefs had at the beginning of the season are gone.

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Hobbled and hurting, Byron Leftwich directed a 67-yard touchdown drive and hit Cortez Hankton with 45 seconds remaining to lift the Jaguars to a 22-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Leftwich also threw another TD pass and ran for a score as the Jaguars (4-2) snapped a two-game losing streak and won in the final minute for the fourth time this season.

"Clearly he has some of the 'it' intangibles that make a great quarterback," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "He showed it in college and brought it with him here."

Leftwich certainly has shown he can win close games.

He now has led the Jags on late scoring drives in three victories this season. He connected with Ernest Wilford for a 7-yard score as time expired for a 13-10 victory over Buffalo in the opener. He also directed a 69-yard drive against Tennessee to give Jacksonville a 15-12 win.

This one was maybe more improbable.

Leftwich injured his left shoulder on the second drive of the game, but didn't miss a play. Then he sprained his right ankle on the final drive and was limping between plays.

"When the game is on the line, I believe in my quarterback," said Jimmy Smith, who caught seven passes for 91 yards. "He showed poise. He showed the will to win. He showed fight. You can look him in the eye and say, 'This guy wants to win.' If we lose, he's going to die on the field. He was hurt, but he wanted to stay in there. And he got it done."

Kansas City (1-4) took a 16-14 lead on an amazing touchdown pass from Trent Green to Priest Holmes with about 5 minutes remaining, but Lawrence Tynes missed the extra point. He also missed a 41-yard field goal with 2:16 to play.

"I let 60 other guys down today," Tynes said. "I missed them. I didn't get the job done. It's unacceptable in this league."

The Jaguars then scored in 1:31 to go ahead for good.

Leftwich looked great on the winning drive. He completed his final five passes for 55 yards and never considered coming out of the game after the ankle injury.

"I knew all I needed was about 30 seconds to get my pain tolerance to kick in and I would be all right," said Leftwich, who completed 24 of 36 passes for 298 yards.

He capped the drive with a 14-yard fade pass that Hankton hauled in for his second touchdown in as many weeks. Hankton beat Dexter McCleon for the score. Reggie Williams then outjumped McCleon for the 2-point conversion.

"This will definitely give us our swagger back," Hankton said.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, now have more losses than they had all last season.

"We're definitely experiencing the other side of the coin," said receiver Johnnie Morton, who caught seven passes for 111 yards.

Kansas City had one final chance, but Green's pass near the goal line was intercepted as time expired. He finished 23-of-33 for 315 yards and threw two touchdown passes, but he also was sacked six times. Holmes had 75 yards rushing.

The Chiefs looked like they had the victory sealed when Green -- with defensive linemen Rob Meier and Greg Favors draped around his legs -- flipped a pass to Holmes just before his knees hit the ground. Holmes cut across the field, picked up a big block from Tony Gonzalez and scored. Tynes' extra point attempt hit the right upright.

Jacksonville stalled on the ensuing drive and failed to convert on fourth-and-1 from its 33.

"I thought the game was over after we stopped them on fourth down," McCleon said.

The Chiefs thought they could seal the victory with Tynes' field goal, but it sailed wide right. The Jags capitalized on the mistakes.

They also made the most of a fast start. Jacksonville scored in the first quarter for the first time this season. It opened the game with four wide receivers and Leftwich in the shotgun.

He dropped back to pass on eight of the first 10 plays and capped the 75-yard drive with a 7-yard TD run. It was the team's first touchdown on the opening drive since December 2002.

The finish was even better.

"We believe that we can win any ballgame against any opponent," Smith said.

Game notes

Morton was the first receiver to gain 100 yards against Jacksonville since Oct. 5, 2003, when San Diego's David Boston had 181 yards. ... Leftwich has thrown a TD pass in 11 straight games. ... The Chiefs didn't score on their opening possession for the first time this season.

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Scoring Summary

kcFG2:10Lawrence Tynes 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 53 yds, 2:22
Drive info: 5 plays, 79 yds, 2:31
Drive info: 5 plays, 79 yds, 2:31
Drive info: 8 plays, 68 yds, 3:26
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yds, 4:45
Drive info: 8 plays, 76 yds, 1:31
Drive info: 8 plays, 68 yds, 3:26
jaxTD8:40Byron Leftwich, 7 yd run
Drive info: 13 plays, 75 yds, 6:15
Drive info: 13 plays, 75 yds, 6:15