Jaguars 26

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Jets 20

(1-2, 1-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 25, 2005


1 2 3 4 OT T
JAX 3 7 3 7 626
NYJ 0 7 7 6 020

Top Performers

Passing: B. Leftwich (JAX) - 177 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: F. Taylor (JAX) - 37 CAR, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Williams (JAX) - 5 REC, 54 YDS

Pennington, Fiedler injured in Jets' overtime loss

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Byron Leftwich switched plays just before a crucial third down in overtime against the New York Jets.

It was over when ...
Byron Leftwich switched plays in OT, hitting Jimmy Smith with the game-winning 36-yard TD pass.
Game ball goes to ...
Leftwich and Chad Pennington for playing through pain. Leftwich was hampered with a groin injury. Pennington left in the third quarter after straining his troublesome right shoulder, but he returned when backup Jay Fiedler injured his right shoulder as well.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen There is cause for concern for the Jets offensively. The new offensive coordinator seems to like throwing the deep ball and he has a quarterback in Chad Pennington who doesn't count that as a strength. They need to work toward his strengths which are timing and accuracy. This team doesn't really have an identity yet. They haven't come together and haven't turned the corner yet to the level of a team like the New England Patriots, despite what some prognosticators may have said during the preseason.
-- Eric Allen

Leftwich noticed the Jets' defense was jumping routes on third down all day, so he decided to send Jimmy Smith long. The strategy worked.

Leftwich threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Smith, giving Jacksonville a 26-20 win over the New York Jets on Sunday, although the Jaguars had to survive a replay review after Smith was initially ruled down at the 1.

The Jets (1-2) have bigger troubles -- quarterback Chad Pennington strained his right shoulder again, and backup Jay Fiedler could be out for a while with a right shoulder injury.

Pennington and Leftwich gamely played through pain, but in the end, Leftwich left his good friend hurting even worse.

"Byron made a good call," said Smith, 36 but seemingly ageless, who beat David Barrett on the winning score. "He told me to run a slant and go. Fortunately I ran a good enough route for him to make the easy throw."

Leftwich finished 16-of-23 for 177 yards with one touchdown and one interception despite a groin injury. Teammate Fred Taylor had a career-high 37 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. The win was big for the Jaguars (2-1), who put in a strong effort last week at Indianapolis but came up just short.

"These kind of games, when you pull them out, do wonders for the confidence," Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio said. "The guys start believing and understanding that it doesn't always go exactly how you'd like to go, but you've got to find a way to scratch out a win."

The Jets are trying to figure that out.

Perhaps it was too much to ask Pennington to lead the Jets to victory with a bum right shoulder. Pennington left in the third period after straining his shoulder on consecutive sacks. It is the same one in which he had a torn rotator cuff repaired in the offseason.

But it wasn't long before he was back in when Fiedler got hurt. Though emergency quarterback Brooks Bollinger started warming up, Pennington came back in the fourth quarter. Pennington and Fiedler will have MRI exams Monday, but Pennington said "they'll have to cut it off for me not to play."

That might not be up to him. Pennington finished 9-of-19 for 76 yards and two interceptions, and coach Herman Edwards said Bollinger might have to start next week at Baltimore. Pennington said he felt the same amount of pain as when he initially hurt his shoulder last year.

Curtis Martin could not get going, either, finishing with 67 yards on 18 carries. The Jets had 168 yards of offense, and Jacksonville held the ball for nearly 15 more minutes.

"Offensively we're all searching for answers right now," Pennington said. "We're just taking turns messing plays up."

Despite those numbers, the Jets had a chance to win in the end. Mike Nugent kicked a 25-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. The kick came after an officials review overturned a called touchdown -- replays showed Wayne Chrebet bobbled the 7-yard pass from Pennington.

Pennington threw an interception to start the extra period. Leftwich also tossed a pick, but the Jets got pinned deep thanks to two penalties and punted.

Jacksonville got the ball back on the Jets 34 and took advantage.

"Jimmy and I are on a level where I know what he's going to do," Leftwich said. "We've got that vibe where we understand each other, that we're able to do things outside of the route and make things happen."

The Jaguars' defense bailed out Reggie Williams, who nearly cost Jacksonville the game when he fumbled following a reception with three minutes left. Barrett forced the fumble, recovered it and raced 30 yards to the Jacksonville 21 to set up the tying field goal.

Jacksonville had three turnovers in all, its first of the season, and the Jets converted them into 10 points. John Abraham was a menace, with 10 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble that tackle James Reed returned 33 yards for a 14-10 Jets lead in the third quarter.

Jacksonville went ahead on the first play of the fourth quarter, when Taylor scored on a 3-yard run off a Jets turnover. Rookie returner Justin Miller fumbled a punt and Gerald Sensabaugh recovered at the 16.

Game notes

Jets offensive tackle Jason Fabini left in the fourth quarter with an injured right knee and will have an MRI on Monday. Jets linebacker Eric Barton also sprained his ankle. For the Jaguars, offensive tackle Maurice Williams sprained his right knee in overtime and right guard Chris Naeole also sprained his left knee, but Del Rio said neither was serious.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1612
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays7351
Total Yards308168
Yards per play4.23.3
Total Drives1712
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

jaxFG5:19Josh Scobee 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 29 yds, 3:44
jaxTD5:55Ernest Wilford, 21 yd pass from Byron Leftwich (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 65 yds, 6:12
nyjTD2:00Jerald Sowell, 1 yd run (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 3:50
jaxTD12:17James Reed, 33 yd fumble return (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 3 yds, 0:00
jaxFG5:56Josh Scobee 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 27 yds, 8:22
jaxTD15:00Fred Taylor, 3 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 27 yds, 8:22
nyjFG9:56Mike Nugent 27 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 43 yds, 4:54
nyjFG1:18Mike Nugent 17 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 14 yds, 1:44
jaxTD9:03Jimmy Smith, 36 yd pass from Byron Leftwich
Drive info: 3 plays, 34 yds, 1:21