Final

Bengals 20

(4-1, 2-1 away)

Jaguars 23

(3-2, 2-1 home)

8:30 PM ET, October 9, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 0 7 6 720
JAX 10 3 7 323

Top Performers

Passing: C. Palmer (CIN) - 239 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: F. Taylor (JAX) - 24 CAR, 132 YDS

Receiving: C. Henry (CIN) - 3 REC, 85 YDS, 1 TD

Palmer, Bengals rally but can't beat Jags

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Chad Johnson jokingly resuscitated the football early, and Carson Palmer nearly brought the Cincinnati Bengals back to life late.

It was over when ...
The ball was knocked from Carson Palmer's hand with 1:28 to play and Akin Ayodele recovered.
Game ball goes to ...
The Jags' defense, which kept the Bengals from tying or winning the game with a final drive and handed Cincy its first loss this season.

Then Jacksonville's defense put an end to all that.

Byron Leftwich threw for two touchdowns, Fred Taylor ran for a season-high 132 yards and the Jaguars made a huge stop in the closing minutes to hand the Bengals their first loss of the season, 23-20 on Sunday night.

"This shows how good of a team we have," said Jags receiver Ernest Wilford, who caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

The Bengals started 4-0 for the first time since 1988 -- the franchise's last Super Bowl season -- and entered the game as one of the last two undefeated teams in the league.

But the Jaguars (3-2) took advantage of good field position early and had two key stops in the fourth quarter that left AFC South rival Indianapolis as the lone unbeaten.

"This was huge," Jags cornerback Rashean Mathis said. "There's a big difference between 3-2 and 2-3. It means a great deal."

Josh Scobee kicked three field goals, including a 51-yarder in the second period and a 53-yarder with 9:45 to play that gave the Jaguars a 10-point lead.

Jacksonville's defense held on from there -- barely -- and kept Palmer from engineering a dramatic comeback.

Bobby McCray knocked the ball out of Palmer's hand at the Jacksonville 45-yard line with 1:28 to play. Akin Ayodele, who dropped a possible interception the play before, recovered it.

The Jags ran out the clock from there.

The defense's other key stop came on fourth-and-1 at the Jags 39-yard line with 14:30 remaining. Rudi Johnson ran up the middle, and John Henderson and Marcus Stroud stuffed him for no gain. The Jags then drove 26 yards to set up Scobee's final field goal, which tied his previous career long and the franchise record.

The Bengals used two long passes from Palmer to rookie Chris Henry to cut the lead to 23-20 with 5:16 remaining. Palmer hit Henry down the sideline for a 47-yard gain and then hit the third-round draft pick across the middle two plays later for a 25-yard score.

Aside from the final drive, nearly everything went right for the Bengals late. Very little went right for them early.

Cincinnati fell behind 13-0 before Chad Johnson caught a 14-yard TD pass from Palmer. Cincinnati had a 69-yard punt nullified by penalty, dropped an interception, shanked a punt and had another one blocked -- all in the first half.

The Jaguars had great field possession following the miscues, helping them score a touchdown and a field goal.

"We dug ourselves a hole with field possession in the first half," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "We didn't play very well at the beginning of the game and we were playing uphill."

Leftwich found George Wrighster for a 26-yard score after gaining about 40 yards when Kyle Larson's long punt was brought back because of an illegal touching. Wrighster caught the pass in the flat, hurdled Deltha O'Neal at the 5 and trotted into the end zone.

When Cincinnati put together a decent drive Johnson turned the wrong way on Palmer's deep pass and couldn't get to it. But Johnson and Palmer got into it on the sideline, and Lewis had to separate them.

Larson's next punt was blocked, and the Jags got the ball at the Bengals' 33. Scobee's 32-yard field goal made it 10-0.

Scobee followed with the 51-yard field goal that made it 13-0.

Palmer and Johnson, having worked things out, hooked up three times on the next drive, including the 14-yarder for a touchdown.

But Johnson complained after the game that Palmer wasn't trying hard enough to get him the ball.

"They didn't get it to me, period!" said Johnson, who had five receptions for 52 yards. "They doubled me the whole game. That happens every week. Does that mean that when a team doubles me that I'm through? It's not too hard to get it to [Terrell Owens] or Randy Moss."

Johnson made good on his promise of having something special planned if he scored during Cincinnati's lone appearance in prime time this season. He beat Rashean Mathis in the corner of the end zone and then performed CPR on the football. He pretended to give it mouth-to-mouth and three chest compressions.

"We need to win these," Johnson said. "I'm not satisfied with 4-1. The Bengals of old might have been OK keeping it close. We're not supposed to be close anymore."

Game notes


The Jaguars extended the NFL's longest streak of not scoring at least 30 points to 54 games. ... The Bengals were without three starters: Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hand), safety Madieu Williams (shoulder) and center Rich Braham (knee). ... Taylor's last 100-yard game came last December, when he tore two knee ligaments against Green Bay.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CIN
JAX
1st Downs2019
Passing 1st downs
127
Rushing 1st downs
68
1st downs from penalties
24
3rd down efficiency
4-132-11
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays6161
Total Yards364342
Yards per play6.05.6
Total Drives1212
Passing232161
Comp-Att
22-3310-24
Yards per pass
6.66.7
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-70-0
Rushing132181
Rushing Attempts
2637
Yards per rush
5.14.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-2
Penalties12-9410-98
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession30:3529:25

Passing Leaders

CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Palmer22/332397.2202-7
JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Leftwich10/241616.7200-0

Rushing Leaders

CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson18764.2014
Perry7557.9013
JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor241325.5017
Jones4246.0011

Receiving Leaders

CINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Henry38528.3147
Johnson55210.4114
JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith34314.3019
Williams24120.5025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCINJAX
jaxTD12:52Fred Taylor, -10 yd run
Drive info: 5 plays, 31 yds, 2:13
00
jaxTD10:39George Wrighster, 26 yd pass from Byron Leftwich (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 31 yds, 2:13
07
jaxFG0:54Josh Scobee 23 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 20 yds, 3:00
010
SECOND QUARTERCINJAX
jaxFG10:17Josh Scobee 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 54 yds, 3:42
013
cinTD5:42Chad Johnson, 14 yd pass from Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 59 yds, 4:17
713
THIRD QUARTERCINJAX
jaxTD12:22Ernest Wilford, 11 yd pass from Byron Leftwich (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 62 yds, 2:30
720
cinFG7:09Shayne Graham 23 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 17 plays, 47 yds, 7:36
1020
cinFG4:34Shayne Graham 40 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 17 plays, 47 yds, 7:36
1320
FOURTH QUARTERCINJAX
jaxFG9:50Josh Scobee 45 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 25 yds, 4:30
1323
cinTD5:23Chris Henry, 25 yd pass from Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 73 yds, 1:22
2023