Sometimes smart plays work, sometimes they don’t. For the Jaguars on Sunday in New Jersey vs the Jets, Maurice Jones-Drew made maybe the smartest play of the season, setting up a chip shot field goal for Josh Scobee as the Jags beat the Jets 24-22.
Jones-Drew deliberately fell down so the Jaguars could run time off the clock before the Scobee kicked the game-winner on the final play of the game. He went down at the 1-yard line, and set up the kick that won the game and pushed the Jags to 5-4 for a key win.
“What a great football game,’’ said Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio. “A real gritty, determined effort. Both teams came into this ballgame realizing that it was a big game.’’ The Jags went 80 yards in the final 5:04 to take what was a 22-21 deficit and turn it into their biggest road win of the season.
“You could tell the guys were focused and ready to roll,’’ QB David Garrard said. “I did say, ‘This is it. This is what they all come down to. Do your job and make plays.’ I didn’t have to come up with any rah-rah speeches. It was all or nothing.’’
Thomas Jones gave the Jets a 22-21 lead on a 1-yard touchdown dive with 5:04 remaining. The score capped a 16-play drive that included three third-down conversions and a fourth-and-1 conversion—a 14-yard run by Shonn Greene that got the Jets down to the 1.
The Jags though went the distance, and Jones-Drew and company combined with some big plays by Garrard to get them to where they needed to go to get the winning kick. Jones-Drew had 123 yards on 24 carries, becoming the first player to rush for 100 or more yards against the Jets this season. Garrard was 16 of 26 for 221 yards and a touchdown to Mike Sims-Walker, and also ran for a score.
“We came on the road and got this win. That’s two in a row on our belts. That’s big for us,’’ CB Rasheen Mathis said. “The month of November is when teams make their runs and we’re 2-0 in November. Teams have to set the stage for December. If you’re not able to do that in November, then December doesn’t matter.’’
If the Jags want to play past the first Sunday in January, their win over the Jets may be a launching pad to making that happen.