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Davis, Texans Run Over Jaguars' Playoff Hopes

Monday, December 27, 2004; Page D11

TEXANS 21

JAGUARS 0

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 26 -- The Jacksonville Jaguars looked nothing like a team with everything to play for against Houston.



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Domanick Davis ran for a career-high 150 yards and a touchdown and the Texans crippled Jacksonville's postseason chances with a 21-0 victory Sunday.

The shutout was the first in team history for Houston and marked the first time the Jaguars have been blanked since a 44-0 drubbing at Detroit on Dec. 17, 1995.

This one could be far more costly than that loss to the Lions in Jacksonville's inaugural season.

Because Baltimore lost at Pittsburgh, the Jaguars (8-7) could have taken control of the final AFC wild-card spot with a victory against Houston (7-8). Instead, they will need to win next week at Oakland and have other teams lose to return to the postseason for the first time since 1999.

The Jags have no one to blame but themselves -- because they did little on offense and couldn't stop Davis all afternoon.

Byron Leftwich struggled from the start in relatively cold weather; it was 40 degrees at kickoff and 10 degrees cooler with the wind chill. He fumbled late in the first quarter, picked up the loose ball and then took a shot to the head when sacked by Robaire Smith.

Leftwich missed a play, returned on the next series but wasn't the same. He overthrew receivers, misfired on short passes and looked lost in the pocket at times. He was benched with 4 minutes 4 seconds to play, replaced by David Garrard.

Leftwich finished 6 of 14 for 35 yards with an interception.

The Jags also were without their top offensive weapon. Running back Fred Taylor missed the game with a sprained left knee, ending his streak of consecutive starts at 46 games. The Jaguars' offense managed just 126 total yards.


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