Final

Jaguars 20

(9-3, 5-2 away)

Browns 14

(4-8, 3-3 home)

1:00 PM ET, December 4, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
JAX 3 0 17 020
CLE 0 14 0 014

Top Performers

Passing: C. Frye (CLE) - 226 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: G. Jones (JAX) - 27 CAR, 103 YDS

Receiving: B. Edwards (CLE) - 5 REC, 86 YDS, 2 TD

Garrard sparks Jags' rally vs. Droughns, Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) -- At halftime, Jack Del Rio's angry voice filled every crevice of Jacksonville's locker room. By the time the tirade quieted, the message had sunk in with the Jaguars.

It was over when ...
The Jags came out in the second half. Byron Leftwich's replacement, David Garrard, threw two second-half TDs and picked up a crucial first down at the two-minute warning as Jacksonville rallied from a 14-3 halftime deficit to win its fifth straight.
Game ball goes to ...
Garrard, although honorable mention goes to Cleveland running back Reuben Droughns, who became the first Brown since 1985 to break 1,000 yards in a season.
ESPN's take ...
Sean Salisbury I loved the way David Garrard kept his composure and got his team the victory. The backup quarterback's No. 1 job is to be reliable and Garrard has done a great job with that. He has great feet, shows poise, and is a true gentleman. Coach Jack Del Rio showed great confidence in him and Garrard is paying him back.
-- Sean Salisbury

"He was a little fired up," quarterback David Garrard said. "But I've seen him worse. He didn't break anything."

Del Rio left that up to his team.

Garrard, making his fourth career start, threw two touchdown passes in the second half and made a crucial scramble for a first down in the final minutes as the Jaguars rallied for their fifth straight win, 20-14 over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Before getting their third straight road win, the Jaguars (9-3) didn't look anything like playoff contenders in the first half as a dropped TD pass, penalties and an interception thrown by Garrard gave the Browns a 14-3 lead at halftime.

As they left the field, the Jaguars knew what was coming during the 12-minute intermission: Del Rio's wrath.

"There is a time and place to express frustration and anger," said Del Rio, who refused to give details about his verbal barrage. "I did what I had to do to motivate them. They responded well."

No player more than Garrard.

With Byron Leftwich out at least four weeks with a broken ankle, the Jaguars have put their playoff hopes in the hands of Garrard, a four-year veteran with no big-game experience in the pros.

But he came through in the clutch against the Browns (4-8), tossing two TDs -- the second a 12-yarder to Jimmy Smith late in the third quarter -- as Jacksonville rallied to win for the seventh time in 2005. He finished 11-of-20 for 116 yards and one interception.

"He didn't do anything to hurt us," Smith said. "He did a great job and made big plays when we needed them. That's all you can ask."

Jacksonville's defense also turned it around, holding the Browns to 55 yards in the second half after giving up 243 in the first. The Jaguars sacked Cleveland rookie quarterback Charlie Frye five times after halftime.

"In the second half, the whole idea was to put pressure on the rookie," said defensive tackle Marcus Stroud. "We showed him stuff he's probably never seen. Coach challenged us and we responded."

As the Jaguars were attempting to run out the clock near midfield, Garrard took off on third-and-19, picking up 28 yards at the two-minute warning. He then knelt on three straight plays as the Jaguars closed out their third straight road win as Browns fans peppered the field with snowballs.

Jacksonville has twice gone 3-0 on three-game trips since 2001 -- the only NFL team to do so.

Next week, the Jaguars have a chance to do something else unique -- they'll host unbeaten Indianapolis. Earlier this season, the Colts beat Jacksonville 10-3.

"All wins are satisfying," Del Rio said. "But now we can finally look ahead to the Colts."

The only thing the Browns can look forward to is the end of another tough season.

Frye, making his first career start in place of injured Trent Dilfer, threw two touchdown passes in the first half to Braylon Edwards. But Frye was roughed up in the second half, and Edwards was helped off the field in the fourth period with a potentially season-ending injury to his right knee.

The Browns said Edwards will likely have an MRI on Sunday night and coach Romeo Crennel will have an update Monday.

Browns wide receiver Antonio Bryant said Edwards "told me he felt a pop."

Frye finished 13-of-20 for 226 yards.

One of the few bright spots for the Browns was running back Reuben Droughns, who became the first Cleveland back to break 1,000 yards in a season since 1985. He finished with 88 yards on 30 tries.

"It is bittersweet," Droughns said. "It's not exactly one of those exciting moments because I would rather win."

Trailing 14-3 at half, Garrard drove the Jaguars to a field goal on their first possession of the third quarter. The next time he got the ball, Garrard tossed a 9-yard TD pass to tight end George Wrighster, who dragged his left foot at the back of the end zone.

The Browns went three-and-out; following a 46-yard pass interference call against Cleveland, Garrard completed a 17-yard pass to Kyle Brady before hitting a wide-open Smith.

Game notes


Jacksonville has won five straight for the first time since 1999. ... Cleveland hadn't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner, who both went over 1,000 yards in 1985. ... The Jaguars are 5-0 in Cleveland. ... Smith has caught a pass in 72 straight games. He needs only 2 yards to become the 13th receiver in league history to top 12,000 career yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JAX
CLE
1st Downs1715
Passing 1st downs
89
Rushing 1st downs
74
1st downs from penalties
22
3rd down efficiency
5-134-12
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays5957
Total Yards237303
Yards per play4.05.3
Total Drives1211
Passing115205
Comp-Att
11-2013-20
Yards per pass
5.58.2
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-15-21
Rushing12298
Rushing Attempts
3832
Yards per rush
3.23.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-40-3
Penalties5-507-97
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession29:4330:17

Passing Leaders

JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard11/201165.8211-1
CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Frye13/2022611.3205-21

Rushing Leaders

JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones271033.8022
Garrard9131.4028
CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Droughns30882.9014
Frye2105.009

Receiving Leaders

JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith34916.3122
Wilford33612.0018
CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards58617.2234
Bryant36321.0029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERJAXCLE
jaxFG4:17Josh Scobee 16 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 68 yds, 6:43
30
SECOND QUARTERJAXCLE
cleTD10:50Braylon Edwards, 34 yd pass from Charlie Frye (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 70 yds, 9:49
37
cleTD0:50Braylon Edwards, 17 yd pass from Charlie Frye (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 59 yds, 0:24
314
THIRD QUARTERJAXCLE
jaxFG10:17Josh Scobee 21 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 40 yds, 4:34
614
jaxTD5:11George Wrighster, 9 yd pass from David Garrard (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 42 yds, 2:51
1314
jaxTD1:19Jimmy Smith, 12 yd pass from David Garrard (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 79 yds, 1:50
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