Jaguars 17

(3-1, 2-0 away)

Chiefs 7

(2-3, 1-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 7, 2007

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
JAX 3 7 0 717
KC 0 0 0 77

Top Performers

Passing: D. Garrard (JAX) - 218 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Jones-Drew (JAX) - 9 CAR, 82 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Gonzalez (KC) - 8 REC, 100 YDS

Jags' defense contains Chiefs' ground attack in near shutout

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- For 59 minutes and 59 seconds, Jacksonville dealt Kansas City a humiliating shutout.

As the final second ticked off the clock, the shutout vanished but the humiliation is going to stick around a while.

Chiefly Grounded
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs struggled to move the ball on the ground in a 17-7 loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags held Larry Johnson to 12 rushing yards and the Chiefs to 10 total rushing yards, the second lowest total in Chiefs history.
1965Broncos 0
2007Jaguars  10
1998Patriots 14
1992Raiders 17
1960Patriots     17

Controlling the line of scrimmage and stopping everybody wearing a Kansas City uniform except tight end Tony Gonzalez, the Jaguars held the Chiefs to a shocking 10 yards rushing Sunday en route to a dominating 17-7 victory that had Arrowhead Stadium rocking with boos.

Two-time Pro Bowler Larry Johnson had only 12 yards on nine carries, 126 fewer than he rolled up on this same field last Dec. 31 in Kansas City's 35-30 victory over these same Jaguars. The 10 yards rushing were the second fewest in the history of a franchise whose roots go back to the inaugural season of the AFL in 1960.

"You can't ask for anything more," said cornerback Rashean Mathis. "Our key coming in was to stop [Johnson] because he's a great back. We knew if we stopped him, they'd have a long day."

Maurice Jones-Drew sped 52 yards for one touchdown and David Garrard hit Dennis Northcutt for 40 yards to set up another as the Jaguars (3-1) won their third in a row and dropped the Chiefs to 2-3.

Only Brodie Croyle's 13-yard touchdown pass to Samie Parker on the final play enabled the Chiefs to avoid their first shutout at home since 1994. Until then, the closest they came to scoring was Dave Rayner's missed 32-yard field goal attempt.

"I'm so glad we didn't get shut out. So glad," said Gonzalez, who had eight catches for 100 yards.

The meaningless touchdown didn't give left guard Brian Waters much solace.

"That didn't take any light off the terrible performance we had," Waters said.

Scouts Buzz
This wasn't so much a game in which the win hinged on one play or another. It was the total domination by the Jacksonville defense that made the difference. The front four's ability to maintain gap responsibility and control the line of scrimmage made it impossible for Chiefs running back Larry Johnson to get anything going. Holding Johnson to a mere 12 yards on nine carries, not to mention the whole Kansas City team to a total of 10 yards on 10 attempts, proved to be the difference. When you can stop Johnson before he gets to the second level and has a head of steam up, you have a chance to limit his effectiveness. Jaguars defensive tackles Marcus Stroud and John Henderson did a great job of keeping the Kansas City offensive linemen from getting to their legs or bodies, which allowed them to not only defend two gaps but to protect their fleet linebackers so they were free to run around and make plays.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
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The Chiefs had 271 yards total offense, with 70 coming in the final last-minute drive that Croyle led because starting quarterback Damon Huard had gone out late in the fourth quarter with a bruised shoulder.

"We were out there talking to [Johnson] and having a little fun," said Jacksonville linebacker Clint Ingram.

"For a guy of his caliber, his style of play and the way he plays, a big physical running back, one of the best running backs in the league, to hold him to [12] yards, that's a good job as a defense. We take pride in something like that."

David Garrard was 20 of 27 for 218 yards and one touchdown, and has not been intercepted since Ty Law picked him off in that game here last Dec. 31 and caused coach Jack Del Rio to bench him. Just after his 40-yard gain, Northcutt wiggled into the end zone with a 3-yard scoring pass.

The Chiefs, who have suffered from poor field position all year, began their first three second-half possessions on their own 3, 20 and 8. In the first half, they started only one drive beyond their own 23.

It was the Jags who sustained things. In an 18-play, 77-yard march in the first quarter that netted only John Carney's 20-yard field goal, the Jaguars tied a team record for number of plays on a scoring drive. At 10 minutes, 55 seconds, it was the second-longest scoring drive in team history. The Jags had second-and-goal from the 5, but Donnie Edwards stopped Jones-Drew on third-and-goal from the 3.

In the second quarter, Jones-Drew, held to no gain his two previous runs, burst through a big hole and quickly hit full stride. Twice he turned safety Jarrad Page with quick stutter steps and then outran 33-year-old cornerback Ty Law to the end zone for the Jags' longest run of the year.

"He did a little Barry Sanders move there and spun the guy around," said Garrard. "When you have stuff like that, it takes so much pressure off your quarterback and so much off your offensive line when guys can make big plays like that. Everybody is doing a good job right now."

Game notes

The Chiefs record for fewest rushing yards in a game is zero, against Denver in 1965. ... Jacksonville was the first opponent in 24 games to avoid having a turnover against the Chiefs. ... Huard was holding his shoulder gingerly in the locker room and said he had no idea what his status might be for this week's game against Cincinnati.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2014
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6656
Total Yards357271
Yards per play5.44.8
Total Drives1011
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-21-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

jaxFG0:01John Carney 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 18 plays, 77 yds, 10:55
jaxTD8:44Maurice Jones-Drew, 52 yd run (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 3:04
jaxTD8:31Dennis Northcutt, 3 yd pass from David Garrard (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 81 yds, 5:03
kcTD0:03Samie Parker, 13 yd pass from Brodie Croyle (Dave Rayner kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 70 yds, 1:54