Final

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. (ESPN.com 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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JAX
ARI
1st Downs1923
Passing 1st downs
916
Rushing 1st downs
82
1st downs from penalties
25
3rd down efficiency
8-153-11
4th down efficiency
0-10-1
Total Plays6165
Total Yards295368
Yards per play4.85.7
Total Drives1212
Passing133301
Comp-Att
14-2829-46
Yards per pass
4.86.1
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-03-14
Rushing16267
Rushing Attempts
3316
Yards per rush
4.94.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-3
Penalties11-8111-105
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession31:4128:19

Passing Leaders

JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard12/261154.4000-0
Leftwich2/2189.0000-0
ARIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Warner29/463156.8213-14

Rushing Leaders

JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones23783.4125
Garrard66110.2127
ARICARYDSAVGTDLG
Arrington6396.5026
Shipp6233.8012

Receiving Leaders

JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith77010.0016
Wilford22814.0017
ARIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boldin1011511.5031
Johnson57715.4041

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERJAXARI
jaxTD3:10David Garrard, 16 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 52 yds, 7:18
70
SECOND QUARTERJAXARI
jaxFG3:07Josh Scobee 22 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 47 yds, 3:18
100
THIRD QUARTERJAXARI
ariFG4:05Neil Rackers 34 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 15 plays, 34 yds, 5:49
103
jaxTD4:00Derrick Wimbush, 91 yd kickoff return (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 91 yds, 0:17
173
FOURTH QUARTERJAXARI
ariTD13:40Eric Edwards, 1 yd pass from Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yds, 10:03
1710
jaxTD4:27Greg Jones, 25 yd run (Josh Scobee kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 25 yds, 0:00
2410
ariTD3:01Larry Fitzgerald, 5 yd pass from Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 77 yds, 1:13
2417