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Jaguars work quickly to top Chiefs

Jacksonville gets two long TDs late on its way to a 23-16 victory at Kansas City.

©Associated Press
September 16, 2002

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For 3 1/2 quarters, Kansas City's shaky defense mostly made good on its vow to cut down on long gainers. Jacksonville only needed a few minutes to change that.

On consecutive plays in the fourth quarter Sunday, the Jaguars produced a team-record 79-yard touchdown pass and a 63-yard scoring run to beat the Chiefs 23-16.

"We knew that was going to be the way we took our shots," Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin said. "We pointed toward the fourth quarter. We were picking and picking and picking, and then we made a couple of big plays."

The Chiefs, who gave up more than 400 yards in a one-point victory at Cleveland Sept. 8, tied the score at 9 on Morten Andersen's third field goal with just under seven minutes to play.

A moment later, Patrick Johnson took Mark Brunell's pass at the 40, shook a tackler, outran another and went 79 yards for a touchdown.

Jacksonville's record long pass was 78 yards from Brunell to Fred Taylor in 1998.

After the Chiefs punted, the Jaguars added the winner on their next play when Taylor burst through a gaping hole and sped 63 yards to the end zone.

"I'm not sure what happened," Chiefs defensive end Rich Owens said. "I didn't think the play was going to do much. Then I look up and he's banging his head on the goal post. We hold them to just nine points. And then on two plays in the fourth quarter, it all blows up on us."

Taylor, who missed almost all last season with a groin injury, had 114 yards on 20 carries for the Jaguars, who had lost 11 of their past 15.

"I just kept trying to pound away and pound away, and finally things just broke open for me," he said.

The Chiefs pulled within a touchdown on Trent Green's 12-yard pass to Tony Gonzalez with 2:35 left for the final score.

The catch, which capped an 80-yard drive taking 34 seconds, initially was ruled incomplete.

But the Chiefs asked for a review and officials decided Donovin Darius had pushed Gonzalez out of bounds in the back of the end zone.

But Taylor, who picked up 4 yards on third and 2 on Jacksonville's final possession, made sure Kansas City never touched the ball again.

"It was a big win," Brunell said. "I don't know if our young players really understand what this win means."

Gonzalez's score was the first offensive sign of life by the Chiefs in the second half after they'd moved the ball almost at will on their first two possessions. But each time they had to settle for field goals.

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