It’s been a very up and down first half of the season for the Jaguars, and Sunday at home against the Chiefs, the team pulled off a 24-21 win, but it didn’t exactly look like it came from a team that is heading towards the postseason anytime soon.
The team struggled against the one win Chiefs, and while the Jags defense didn’t allow much, they didn’t put the game away until after they recovered an onside kick with 1:01 left, hanging on to a three-point lead.
Nevertheless, it was a much needed win after the team lost to the Titans last week. “There’s only so much bouncing back you can do before there’s no more bouncing to do,” cornerback Rashean Mathis said. “It’s something to hang your hat on, to know that we’re going to fight, but at the same time we have to learn to be consistent.”
It’s the third time this season the team has come off a loss with a win. Now if they could just win a couple in a row. “We brought a different attitude to the game,” linebacker Clint Ingram said. “It’s not a time for us to start beating ourselves on the chest and patting ourselves on the back. It’s one game. It’s good that we won it, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do and a lot of corrections to make and a lot of stuff to clean up.”
David Garrard threw for 264 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown pass to his favorite pass catcher, Mike Sims-Walker. It was a big day for Sims-Walker, who had 6 grabs for 147 yards. His 24.5-yards per catch on Sunday ranked as the fourth-highest average in team history (minimum of five receptions).
Workhorse running back Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 97 yards on 29 carries, just a 3.3 yards per carry average. He did score a touchdown on a 10-yard run, which was also his longest of the day. The TD put the Jags up 24-6 with 4:26 to play, but KC rallied for two touchdowns as QB Matt Cassel hooked up twice with new wide out Chris Chambers.
“They were throwing the ball up, and a couple of receivers made some plays,” Mathis said. “It wasn’t like they were picking us apart or anything. It was just throwing Hail Marys down the field and they made some great grabs. That’s nothing for us to be concerned about. When we had to get after them and put the game away, we did.”
Now if they can do that a couple of weeks in a row.