Jags shut down Chiefs running game; Garrard on target in 17-7 win

By: DOUG TUCKER, AP Sports Writer
By: DOUG TUCKER, AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars suddenly have a big-play offense to accompany their smothering defense. It was the defense that sent an embarrassed Kansas City home muttering to itself.

Maurice Jones-Drew sped 52 yards for Jacksonville's first touchdown and the Jaguars held the Chiefs to a shocking 10 yards rushing. The Chiefs avoided the shutout on the final play when Brodie Croyle completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Parker.

The Jaguars (3-1), who gave up 282 yards rushing to Tennessee in losing their season opener, have not allowed more than 48 yards on the ground in any of three games since, all wins.

Two-time Pro Bowler Larry Johnson, who had 138 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-30 victory over Jacksonville in the regular-season finale here last New Year's Eve, was held to 12 yards on nine carries, and just three yards on five pass receptions.

Damon Huard, who beat out Croyle in the preseason, absorbed a bruised right shoulder while throwing an interception to Reggie Reggie and was replaced by Croyle late in the fourth quarter as a light rain began falling and the crowd, which had booed much of the gray, overcast day, began to leave.

David Garrard was 20 of 27 for 218 yards and one touchdown, and has not been intercepted since Ty Law picked him off in the game here last Dec. 31 and caused coach Jack Del Rio to bench him. He hit Dennis Northcutt on a 40-yard gain in the fourth quarter and a few minutes later Northcutt wiggled into the end zone with a 3-yard scoring pass.

Tight end Tony Gonzalez was most of the Chiefs' offense, catching eight passes for 100 yards.

Huard was 19 of 39 for 196 yards and one interception.

Updated on Sunday, Oct 7, 2007 3:53 pm, EDT

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