National Football League

               === Jets hold off Jags for second straight win ===
 Jacksonville,  FL  (Sports Network) -  Shonn Greene  and Bilal Powell each had
 rushing  scores  and the New  York Jets  held on for  a 17-10 victory over the
 Jacksonville Jaguars to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
 Greene  rushed for 77  yards on 20 carries while Powell amassed 78 yards on 19
 rushes for New York (6-7), which was coming off a 7-6 win over Arizona and has
 strung together consecutive victories for the first time all season.
 "We're  confident,  we think we're getting  better as a team," said Jets coach
 Rex  Ryan. "We've won  three out of four so I think we're feeling better about
 ourselves.  We  still have to get  better in a lot  of areas but off a win you
 feel a lot better about making those corrections than off a loss."
 A  week  after being pulled  against the Cardinals,  Mark Sanchez was asked to
 manage  the game and did so somewhat effectively. He fumbled in the first half
 and  connected on  12-of-19 throws overall for just 111 yards, but completed a
 37-yard  strike late in  the contest to force Jacksonville to use all three of
 its timeouts.
 Chad  Henne  led  the  Jaguars  (2-11) into  Jets  territory  on  their  final
 possession,  but  was intercepted  by Ellis  Lankster to seal  the win for New
 Henne  passed for 185 yards, but completed just 21-of-43 throws and was picked
 off twice in Jacksonville's ninth loss in 10 games.
 "That  was a terrible one quarter that changed the momentum of the game," said
 Jaguars  coach  Mike Mularkey. "That  third quarter, for whatever reason, they
 started  to run the football and we were not effective offensively and weren't
 effective on third down all day."
 Montell  Owens ran for the Jaguars' only touchdown, finishing with 91 yards on
 14 carries in defeat.
 It was a  rough game  for Jacksonville receiver  Kevin Elliott.  While he  had
 three catches for 38 yards, he dropped three passes on the day and committed a
 crucial  penalty late before miscommunicating with Henne on the Jaguars' final
 offensive play.
 On the last drive Elliott hauled in a 16-yard pass on third down, but the play
 was  nullified  because he  ran out  of bounds prior  to making the reception,
 resulting in a five-yard penalty.
 Henne, however, was able to pick up a first two plays later, as he fired a 28-
 yard strike  to Jordan Shipley on  4th-and-15 to keep the drive alive. Elliott
 then  hauled in a 7-yard catch on 4th-and-2, but cut his route short two plays
 later, which resulted in Lankster's game-sealing interception.
 For  the  second  consecutive  week,  the Jets  were  unable  to  do  anything
 offensively  in  the first half,  but used the  running game to finally muster
 points in the third quarter.
 Greene  broke  the goal line  on a  1-yard TD plunge  to cap a 9-play, 57-yard
 march  on the Jets'  first possession of the period. New York ran seven times,
 didn't face a third down and took its first lead of the game at 7-3.
 Jacksonville  converted on  just 2-of-16  third downs  for the  game and  went
 three-and-out on all four of its possessions in the third quarter, with third-
 down  sacks by  Muhammed  Wilkerson  and David  Harris  on consecutive  drives
 leading to New York scores.
 Wilkerson's  sack  of Henne forced  the Jaguars to  punt, and after an 11-yard
 return  by Jeremy Kerley,  the Jets managed to get three points on a Nick Folk
 44-yard field goal with 2:53 left in the period to take a 10-3 lead.
 After  Harris took  down Henne  deep inside  Jacksonville territory,  New York
 started  on  the Jaguars'  46 following  the punt, and  Powell capped a 7-play
 scoring drive with a 4-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
 A  Quinton  Coples facemask on  third down  of the Jaguars' ensuing possession
 allowed  their drive to continue and they took advantage. On 2nd-and-17, Owens
 sprinted  32 yards untouched to pull Jacksonville within a score at 17-10 with
 7:06 remaining.
 After an exchange of punts, the Jets took over on their own 11 with 3:42 left.
 Sanchez  completed  a huge pass to  Jeff Cumberland for 37 yards on 3rd-and-8,
 forcing Jacksonville to use all of its timeouts in order to get the ball back.
 Jacksonville looked poised to score on its first possession of the game, but a
 drive  that  lasted over eight  minutes ended with nothing  to show for it, as
 Garrett  McIntyre  drilled Henne as he  threw, causing the ball to flutter out
 and into the hands of Jets linebacker Bart Scott.
 In  the second  quarter,  the Jaguars  were called  for  pass interference  on
 consecutive plays to let the Jets cross midfield, but Justin Babin recovered a
 fumble after he  strip-sacked Sanchez,  who turned the ball over  for the 19th
 time this season on the play.
 New  York's  defense was  able to  keep the Jaguars  out of  the end zone, but
 surrendered  a 31-yard  field goal to Josh  Scobee for the first points of the
 game. A 22-yard catch by Elliott helped set up the score for Jacksonville.
 The  Jets fumbled  again on their next  touch, but this time it was Kerley who
 lost  the ball. Sanchez responded well off his fumble, firing a 17-yard strike
 to  Chaz  Schilens before scrambling for  a first down two plays later. Kerley
 then  hauled in a  pass on a short out route, but as he was fighting for first
 down yardage, he had the ball stripped from his hands.
 The  Jaguars,  however, couldn't take  advantage of  the turnover. They had an
 opportunity  to score later in the quarter but Scobee's 55-yard attempt sailed
 wide left just before halftime.
                                   Game Notes
 The Jets beat the Jaguars for the first time in Jacksonville. They had lost in
 their  previous three matchups ... Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill injured his
 knee  in  the second quarter and  did not return  ... A week after leading the
 Jets  to victory  against the Cardinals, quarterback Greg McElroy was inactive
 for  the  game ...  Justin Blackmon hauled  in a game-high  six catches for 57
 yards for Jacksonville.
 12/09 19:53:38 ET

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