Jaguars 24

(8-3, 4-2 away)

Cardinals 17

(3-8, 2-4 home)

4:05 PM ET, November 27, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
JAX 7 3 7 724
ARI 0 0 3 1417

Top Performers

Passing: K. Warner (ARI) - 315 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: G. Jones (JAX) - 23 CAR, 78 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Boldin (ARI) - 10 REC, 115 YDS

Jags lose Leftwich, beat Cards for fourth straight win

TEMPE, Ariz. ( news services) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars became a playoff contender with young Byron Leftwich at quarterback. For at least the next month, they will try to persevere without him.

It was over when ...
With 32 seconds left, Akin Ayodele sacked Cards QB Kurt Warner, causing a fumble that was recovered by Jags DT Rob Meier and assuring a Jacksonville victory.
Game ball goes to ...
The Jags, for not getting rattled by the absence of both starting running back Fred Taylor and Byron Leftwich, who left early with a broken ankle.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen When a quarterback or running back goes down other guys have to step up and play better, and that's what we saw today from the Jaguars. David Garrard is a little more mobile than Byron Leftwich and he's able to make plays with his legs that Leftwich can't, which we saw today. Garrard looked comfortable and he may be able to step in and hold down the fort for a little while. The defensive front four also did a great job today, and you could see the sideline erupt with elation when they make big plays. This team is relentless and isn't going to give up just because it's down a player. Also, the rest of the Jags' schedule is conducive to a playoff run.
-- Eric Allen

The third-year player from Marshall broke a bone in his left ankle when he was sacked by Adrian Wilson on his first play of the game, but the Jaguars still won their fourth straight, 24-17 over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Derrick Wimbush returned a kick 91 yards for a touchdown, backup quarterback David Garrard ran 16 yards for a score and Greg Jones had a 25-yard touchdown run for Jacksonville.

Leftwich stayed in for four more plays after being sacked before limping off the field and being carted to the locker room for X-rays.

"He's got a crack in the ankle," Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio said. "The best-case scenario is about a month out, depending on how quickly he heals, and it could be worse. We just won't know until we see how the injury heals."

A source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that doctors have told team officials Leftwich will probably miss closer to six weeks than four.

Garrard, in his fourth NFL season out of East Carolina, had taken just one snap this season before Sunday.

"That's my job to step in when Byron goes down," Garrard said, "and it's happened now, so I've got to step up and do my job and everyone here has my back. I don't feel like I have to have the pressure, going out and winning every game on my own, putting all the games on my shoulder."

Arizona had prepared for Leftwich, a pocket passer with little mobility. Garrard is a scrambler.

"That was a big difference," Cardinals coach Dennis Green said. "It was very difficult to keep him contained and focus on the pass defense aspect of it."

The Jaguars were also without starting running back Fred Taylor because of an ankle injury.

Neil Rackers' string of 31 consecutive field goals, tied for third longest in NFL history, came to an end on the first series of the windy afternoon when his 43-yard attempt was wide left.

After Arizona's Kurt Warner threw incomplete on fourth-and-1 from the Cardinals' 40 with 4:27 to play and Anquan Boldin was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, Jones scored to put Jacksonville (8-3) ahead 24-10 with 4:20 to play.

The Cardinals (3-8) struck back quickly. Warner threw 40 yards to Bryant Johnson and then hit Larry Fitzgerald with a 5-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 24-17 with 2:56 remaining.

An onside kick try failed, but Jacksonville couldn't move the ball and Arizona took over on its 20 with 1:52 to play. Arizona drove to the Jaguars' 36, but Warner was hit from behind by Akin Ayodele, fumbled and Jacksonville's Rob Meier recovered, assuring the victory.

Warner completed 29-of-46 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. In the second half, he was 21-of-31 for 261 yards.

"I thought in the first half defensively, we played well," Del Rio said. "In the second half we weren't quite as sharp, and Kurt Warner got hot and looked like the two-time MVP that he is."

Boldin caught 10 for 115 yards. Garrard was 12-for-26 for 115 yards and rushed for 62 yards in five carries.

"He protected the football, which is the biggest thing, didn't turn it over, made some big runs," Del Rio said.

Garrard finished Jacksonville's 10-play, 67-yard opening drive, running 16 yards on a bootleg to make it 7-0.

The Cardinals cut the lead to 10-3 on Rackers' 42-yard field goal with four minutes left in the third.

It was a nasty game with several personal foul calls, two against Boldin and two against his defender Terry Cousin. Each team drew 11 penalties, Jacksonville for 81 yards and Arizona for 105. Boldin said he was not upset about the penalties he committed and hinted of dirty play by the Jaguars' top-rated pass defense.

"I can't say what I want to say," Boldin said. "But I will say, you watch the film and tell me what you think about it."

After the field goal, Wimbush -- whose previous best return this season was 36 yards -- took the kickoff at the 9 and appeared to be stopped near midfield. He was spun around by would-be tackler Quentin Harris, broke free and ran untouched across the field and to the right corner of the end zone, making it 17-3.

"I just run hard," Wimbush said. "I do what the coaches say. They say 'go north and south with it' and I take it north and south."

Game notes

Arizona knocked a starting QB out for the second week in a row. Last week against St. Louis, Marc Bulger was sidelined with a shoulder injury. ... Jacksonville hasn't won four straight since 1999. ... Garrard had two starts last season when Leftwich was out with a knee injury. ... Warner had his 34th career 300-yard passing game and third in his last four starts.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1923
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6165
Total Yards295368
Yards per play4.85.7
Total Drives1212
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 TDs10

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

jaxTD3:10David Garrard, 16 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 52 yds, 7:18
jaxFG3:07Josh Scobee 22 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 47 yds, 3:18
ariFG4:05Neil Rackers 34 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 15 plays, 34 yds, 5:49
jaxTD4:00Derrick Wimbush, 91 yd kickoff return (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 91 yds, 0:17
ariTD13:40Eric Edwards, 1 yd pass from Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yds, 10:03
jaxTD4:27Greg Jones, 25 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 25 yds, 0:00
ariTD3:01Larry Fitzgerald, 5 yd pass from Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 77 yds, 1:13