Garrard's Guns Blaze as Jaguars Light Up Bengals David Garrard throwing a first quarter pass against the Bengals. November 10, 2010 By Harry Stone, Jacksonville Post-Intelligencer JACKSONVILLE, FL- It took 17 weeks but the Jaguars finally had a viable passing attack, and it came at the best of times. In today's divisional playoffs against the Cincinnatti Bengals, the Jacksonville Jaguars were set to face a rough and tumble front seven that would make running the ball as tough as any team they've faced this year. During the bye week the Jaguars tried to draw up a passing attach that would somehow break through and lossen up the holes for Maurice Jones-Drew. What they got tonight was a brilliant performance from oft-maligned quarterback David Garrard and a 38-21 win that will put the Jaguars back in the AFC Championship game for the second consecutive season. Garrard was spectacular, but especially in the first half. On the Jaguars opening drive he was perfect on three attemps including the 17 yard scoring strike to tight end Marcedes Lewis. A defense stand would get the Jaguar offense back and then Jones-Drew would take over on several inside and outside rushes to march the ball methodically down field taking up most of the first quarter. On a third and goal from the five the Jaguars dialed up a stretch run for Jones-Drew who would walk into the end zone untouched to give Jacksonville an early 14-0 lead. Another defensive stop and then Garrard would go back to work. Two long passes later and Jacksonville was back in the end zone after a 35 yard scoring strike to fullback Greg Jones. The rout would seemingly be on as the Jaguars would add another Jones-Drew touchdown run to make it 28-0 with under one minute to play in the first half. However the well coached Bengals wouldn't be done yet, as a quick scoring drive capped off by a 61 yard pass from Palmer to Mitchell would indicate. The second half would start with a Jaguar defensive stand and then clock-milking drive by Jacksonville that would take up over five minutes and end with Josh Scobee's first field goal of the game to make it 31-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Then the Jaguars would relax and the Bengals would take advantage. Quarterback Carson Palmer would continue to light up the Jaguars defense by quickly moving the Bengals inside the five yard line, where Cedric Benson would run it in. After a two point conversion the Bengals would close the gap to 31-15. A quick stop by Cincinnatti would get them the ball back and they would strike on the first play, a 77 yard bomb to Chad Ochocinco and just like that the Bengals would be a two point conversion away from getting to within one score. However an errant pass on the two point try would land incomplete and the Bengals would still trail 31-21. The Jaguars would need a score to end the Bengals hopes, and they would rely on Jones-Drew like they have all year long. He would respond with a majestic 54 yard touchdown weaving run that would break the Bengals backs and end their comeback hopes. The Bengals would turn the ball over on downs, and the Jaguars would kneel out the clock to get themselves to the AFC Championship game. Both quarterbacks were stellar in this game with Garrard going 12-18 for 272 yards and two touchdowns, while Palmer was even better going 20-32 for 369 yards and also two touchdowns. The difference in the game was the rushing attack of the Jaguars, as they racked up 206 yards on the ground compared to Cincinnatti's 21. OMFL MVP Maurice Jones-Drew led the way with 20 carries for 151 yards and three touchdowns. Jacksonville will try to make it two straight OMFL Bowl appearances next week when they face the winner of the Patriots-Chiefs game for the AFC Championship. New England plays host to Kansas City this Friday. The Jaguars also remain in pursuit of perfection as their unblemished record remains intact at 17-0. ----------------------------------------- GG Dunn.....my wheels were spinning when you were making that comeback. Had you made that 2 point conversion the pressure would have been enormous and the ending much different I suspect! See you next regular season for the rematch!