CHIEFS 16 The Jacksonville Jaguars finally got off to a fast start. They still needed another frantic finish.
Hobbled and hurting, Byron Leftwich directed a 67-yard touchdown drive and hit Cortez Hankton with 45 seconds remaining to lift the Jaguars to a 22-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Leftwich also threw another touchdown pass and ran for a score as the Jaguars (4-2) snapped a two-game losing streak and won in the final minute for the fourth time this season.
"Clearly, he has some of the 'it' intangibles that make a great quarterback," Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio said. "He showed it in college and brought it with him here."
Leftwich has led the Jags on late scoring drives in three victories this season. He connected with Ernest Wilford for a seven-yard score as time expired for a 13-10 victory over Buffalo in the opener. He also directed a 69-yard drive against Tennessee to give Jacksonville a 15-12 win.
This one was maybe more improbable.
Leftwich injured his left shoulder on the second drive of the game, but didn't miss a play. Then he sprained his right ankle on the final drive and was limping between plays.
"When the game is on the line, I believe in my quarterback," said Jimmy Smith, who caught seven passes for 91 yards. "You can look him in the eye and say, 'This guy wants to win.' "
Kansas City (1-4) took a 16-14 lead on a touchdown pass from Trent Green to Priest Holmes with about five minutes remaining, but Lawrence Tynes missed the extra point. He also missed a 41-yard field goal with 2 minutes 16 seconds to play.
"I let 60 other guys down today," Tynes said.
The Jaguars then scored in 1:31 to go ahead for good.