Jaguars 26, Jets 20
-- Byron Leftwich switched plays just before a crucial third down in overtime against the New York Jets.
Leftwich noticed the Jets' defense was jumping routes on third down all day, so he decided to send Jimmy Smith long. The strategy worked.
Leftwich threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Smith, giving Jacksonville (2-1) a 26-20 win over the Jets on Sunday, although the Jaguars had to survive a replay review after Smith initially was ruled down at the 1-yard line.
The Jets (1-2) have bigger troubles: quarterback Chad Pennington strained his right shoulder again, and backup Jay Fiedler could be out for a while with a right shoulder injury.
Pennington and Leftwich gamely played through pain, but in the end, Leftwich left his good friend hurting even worse.
"Byron made a good call," said Smith, 36 but seemingly ageless, who beat David Barrett on the winning score. "He told me to run a slant and go. Fortunately I ran a good enough route for him to make the easy throw."
Leftwich finished 16 of 23 for 177 yards with one touchdown and one interception despite a groin injury. Teammate Fred Taylor had a career-high 37 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown.