MIAMI (AP) -- David Garrard scrambled to his right, reversed his
field, retreated and found himself 15 yards behind the line of
scrimmage looking in vain for an open receiver.
Even then, the Miami Dolphins failed to stop him.
As usual, Garrard did his best work on the run Sunday, throwing
for 229 yards and two scores to help the Jacksonville Jaguars beat
"We felt we had a chance to put the ball up and make some big
plays," Garrard said. "I feel as long as I keep moving, I have a
chance to find somebody open and get the ball downfield."
Jacksonville (7-5) earned only its second road win this year to
remain in the thick of the AFC wild-card race.
"The critics say we can't win on the road," cornerback Rashean
Mathis said. "Maybe this will do a lot to silence them."
Jacksonville ended a four-game winning streak by the Dolphins
(5-7), likely ensuring they'll miss the playoffs for the fifth year
in a row.
"It's disappointing to all of us," Miami coach Nick Saban
Garrard led Jacksonville on touchdown drives of 95 and 91 yards,
while Miami's Joey Harrington threw two costly interceptions and
was sacked four times.
Poor tackling also hurt the Dolphins, who geared to stop the run
but still gave up 150 yards on the ground. Maurice Drew broke three
tackles on a 32-yard touchdown run -- the rookie's ninth score.
"I kept my head down and kept going," Drew said. "Once I saw
a little opening, I didn't give up."
Garrard was sacked four times, but completed 16 of 22 attempts
and ran for three first downs. One came when he was forced 15 yards
deep to midfield before zigzagging through the defense for a
"Anytime the pocket breaks down and the quarterback gets to the
edge, the defense eventually will break down," Garrard said.
"They're more concerned about keeping up with their man, and
sometimes it's hard for them to see what the quarterback is
"Garrard did a good job of scrambling and making throws,"
Miami linebacker Zach Thomas said. "He creates time for his guys
to get open."
The Dolphins drove to the 5 before Harrington threw an
incompletion on fourth down with 1:41 to go.
Jacksonville fell behind 7-0 but scored two touchdowns in the
final 1:50 of the first half to go ahead 17-7.
Garrard threw two completions with defensive end Jason Taylor in
his face during a season-best 95-yard drive that ended with a
15-yard touchdown catch on third down by Jones.
Three plays later, Mathis made his seventh interception.
"We probably should have run out the clock," Saban said. "We
probably weren't smart in that situation."
Taylor hurt his left wrist with three minutes left in the half
and went to the locker room with his team leading 7-3. X-rays were
negative, and Taylor returned for the start of the second half.
But by then, the Jaguars had a 10-point lead.
"It was a little bit of a different game when I came back
out," Taylor said.
On the game's first possession, Harrington went 7-for-8,
including three completions on third down, and Marty Booker capped
a 14-play march with a 17-yard touchdown catch.
The Dolphins threatened when Harrington hit Chambers for 46
yards to the 9. But on third down at the 5, Harrington's pass was
deflected in the end zone, and Gerald Sensabaugh intercepted.
"In hindsight, I should have thrown it out of the back of the
end zone," Harrington said.
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eight catches. ... The Jaguars are 8-2 in their past 10 games
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