Tuesday, December 14, 2010
AFC South Week 14 decisive moment
By Paul Kuharsky
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Jacksonville was down three in the third quarter Sunday, when special teams made a play that helped turn things in the Jaguars’ favor against the Raiders.
Oakland's Jacoby Ford fielded Josh Scobee's kickoff and made it 8 yards before Kassim Osgood popped the ball free and Montell Owens recovered it at the Oakland 22-yard line. It gave the Jaguars a 2-1 advantage in turnovers.
After that takeaway, the offense needed only five plays to punch it into the end zone with a 10-yard pass from David Garrard to Mike Sims-Walker.
Jacksonville never trailed again, though the Raiders did manage to pull even at 31-31. But another giant special-teams play -- Deji Karim's 65-yard kickoff return -- set up Maurice Jones-Drew’s 30-yard, game-winning touchdown run.
The Jaguars pride themselves on special-teams play, so much so that Osgood was one of two significant free-agent additions during the offseason. They got him for plays like the forced fumble, and in a key win that kept the team atop the division, he produced in concert with the incumbent special-teams ace, Owens.