Big Plays Help the Chiefs Pull Away From Jags, Win 42-20

By james.adkins

Many wondered if the Jacksonville Jaguars, minus starting quarterback David Garrard, would be able to come into Kansas City and keep it close against a Chiefs team that had lost its last two games. Led by recently acquired quarterback Todd Bouman, who was coaching high school football a week ago, the Jags stayed right with the Chiefs until just over five minutes to go in the third quarter.

At that point, the Chiefs playmakers took over.

On a 2nd and 8 play from their own 12 yard line, Bouman dropped back to pass and threw a pass over the middle that hit Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson right between the numbers. Johnson, who had dropped an interception earlier, didn’t drop this one and took it back for a touchdown giving the Chiefs a 28-20 lead they would never relinquish.

After securing just one first down on their next two possessions, the Jaguars gave the Chiefs back the ball on their own 15 yard line with 9:37 remaining in the fourth quarter. With the Chiefs failing to seize opportunities to put together a meaningful drive in similar situations the last two weeks, they took advantage this time on an 85-yard drive that culminated in a 6 yard touchdown pass to receiver Dwayne Bowe giving the Chiefs a 35-20 lead.

Then on the Jaguars next drive, Bouman was hurried from the pocket and threw a ball up for grabs deep down the middle that Chiefs rookie safety Eric Berry was happy to pull in at the Jacksonville 47-yard line for his first career interception. Berry’s return gave the offense the ball on the Jags’ 12-yard line, and third string running back Jackie Battle was able to punch it in from a yard out to secure the Chiefs fourth victory on the season, 42-20.

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