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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.

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.