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Jaguars Get a Victory, but Still Go Home

Jaguars 13, Raiders 6

Associated Press
Monday, January 3, 2005; Page D11

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 2 -- Jacksonville's first winning season in five years wasn't enough to make the playoffs.

Byron Leftwich looked out of sync in the muddy, rain-soaked field but the Jaguars still managed to beat the Oakland Raiders, 13-6, on Sunday. Though the Jaguars were in postseason contention when the game started, they were knocked out when Denver beat Indianapolis.

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Leftwich threw for 149 yards and Greg Jones scored on a one-yard run for the game's only touchdown, which broke a third-quarter tie.

By beating the Raiders, the Jaguars (9-7) established a winning road record (5-3) for the first time since the 1999 season, when they went 14-2 overall and 7-1 away from home.

The Raiders had a chance to send the game into overtime in the final seconds, but Kerry Collins fumbled the snap on fourth and goal at the 2, picked it up and was tackled for a loss.

He capped his up-and-down season with a disastrous finale: three interceptions, one lost fumble and no touchdowns. Donovin Darius intercepted two passes by Collins, including one in the end zone with 4 minutes 7 seconds left in the game.

After making an 11-yard completion and being knocked down by Oakland safety Marques Anderson, receiver Ernest Wilford spiked the ball inches in front of Anderson and was hit with a 12-yard taunting penalty.

But Wilford made up for it with a leaping, one-handed reception for a 46-yard gain that set up Jones's touchdown.

Zack Crockett gained 134 yards on 22 carries for Oakland (5-11), which finished with just one more victory than last year.

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