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Tough talk inspires Jags to fifth consecutive win

By Times Staff
Published December 5, 2005

CLEVELAND - At halftime, Jack Del Rio's angry voice filled every crevice of Jacksonville's locker room. By the time the tirade quieted, the message had sunk in with the Jaguars.

Quarterback David Garrard, making his fourth career start, threw two touchdowns in the second half and made a crucial scramble for a first down in the final minutes as the Jaguars rallied for their fifth straight win.

Before getting their third straight road win, the Jaguars didn't look anything like playoff contenders in the first half as the Browns took a 14-3 lead at halftime.

The Jaguars knew what was coming during intermission: Del Rio's wrath.

"There is a time and place to express frustration and anger," said Del Rio, who refused to give details about his verbal barrage. "I did what I had to do to motivate them. They responded well."

Garrard came through in the second half with the two scores - the second a 12-yarder to Jimmy Smith late in the third quarter - as Jacksonville rallied to win for the seventh time this season.

Jacksonville held the Browns to 55 yards in the second half after giving up 243 in the first.

NOTABLE: Braylon Edwards, who had both touchdown receptions for Cleveland in the first half, left in the fourth quarter with an injured right knee. ... With 88 yards, Reuben Droughns became the first Cleveland running back to break 1,000 in a season since 1985.

[Last modified December 5, 2005, 03:00:29]


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