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Jags Move to 7-3 With Impressive 24-17 Win over Chargers

Jaguars receiver Reggie Williams, right, makes a second-quarter touchdown reception in front of San Diego Chargers defender Clinton Hart during a National Football League game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Jacksonville Jaguars – and to a degree the San Diego Chargers – welcomed back quarterback David Garrard with open arms. Garrard threw two touchdown passes, which enabled the Jaguars to slip past the Chargers 24-17 at Jacksonville.

Garrard directed 3 scoring drives in the first half, giving Jacksonville Jaguars a 17-3 lead at halftime. Kicker Josh Scobee began the scoring with a 48-yard field goal to cap the opening drive. The Jags made it 10-0, thanks to some early gambles by Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio. He went for it on fourth down twice, and the Jags succeeded both times. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew ran the ball in for a TD after the second gamble.Garrard made the score 17-3 Jacksonville after he threw a 36-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Williams late in the second quarter.

San Diego RB LaDanian Tomlinson would score on a 6-yard rushing play early in the 3rd quarter narrowing the score to 17-10. The Jaguars’ Garrard found paydirt again in the 3rd quarter, throwing a 1-yard TD pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis, pushing the lead to 24-10. the Chargers would make it interesting in the 4th quarter, as San Diego QB Philip Rivers would throw a TD pass to TE Antonio Gates, making the score 24-17. San Diego got the ball back for one last shot with 2:13 left in the game, but Rivers threw an interception to Jaguars safety Sammy Knight, which sealed the win for Jacksonville as they ran out the clock.

An interesting subplot developed during the 4th quarter, capped by some questionable playcalling by Chargers head coach Norv Turner. Chargers fullback Lorenzo Neal ran the ball on a third-and-1 and was stopped for no gain. On fourth-and-2, Tomlinson ran right, then looked to throw a deep ball to Gates; the end result was lost yardage for San Diego. The aforementioned Garrard passed for 189 yards on 15-of-24 passing; RB Fred Taylor had a decent game, rushing 20 times for 85 yards. Jaguars WR Williams led all Jacksonville receivers with 62 receiving yards with a TD.

The Chargers’ Rivers went 22-for-40 for 309 yards with a TD and 2 INT’s; Tomlinson rushed 16 times for 62 yards and a TD, he also – along with WR Chris Chambers – had 93 receiving yards. TE Gates caught 4 balls for 54 yards and a TD in a losing effort. Jacksonville (7-3), remaining a game behind the Indianapolis Colts, will host the Buffalo Bills next Sunday.

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