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NEW YORK JETS 13, JACKSONVILLE 10

Pennington Is Solid at the End

November 24, 2003|From Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Chad Pennington went through his usual fourth-quarter routine Sunday -- rallying the New York Jets.

Pennington guided another late comeback with calm, confidence and a bit of deception, throwing a three-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss with 26 seconds left to give the Jets a 13-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

With three minutes to go and no timeouts, Pennington marched the Jets 94 yards. In every start he has made this season since returning from a broken left wrist, he has guided a fourth-quarter rally. They are 2-2 in those games, beating the Jaguars and Oakland Raiders, and losing to the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants.

"It's fun, but you don't want to make a living doing that," Pennington said.

He almost never had a chance to win the game. After Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala scored on fourth and goal from inside the one to give Jacksonville (2-9) the lead with 4 minutes 24 seconds remaining, the Jets (4-7) went four and out.

The Jets used all their timeouts and the defense forced a punt with three minutes remaining.

A pass interference call on Fernando Bryant gave the Jets the ball at the Jaguar 47.

Pennington threw consecutive completions to Curtis Martin to the Jaguar 22. Then, on third and three, he threw a 14-yard pass to Jerald Sowell. After a four-yard completion to Martin, Pennington looked at Moss, signaling he would go to the speedy receiver.

He then faked a spike and hiked the ball. Moss caught the ball in the corner of the end zone for the winning score. Until that point, he had one catch for 10 yards.

Pennington completed 25 of 39 passes for 236 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Fellow Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich was 17 of 33 for 172 yards with an interception.

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