Jaguars 27, Broncos 24
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ After muddling through a rain-soaked second half, the Jacksonville Jaguars suddenly turned explosive Monday night.
The result, a 27-24 victory over the Denver Broncos that kept the Jaguars (12-1) in control of the race for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Mike Hollis made the game-winning 23-yard field goal as time expired.
Fred Taylor, who entered when James Stewart sprained his foot in the third quarter, had runs of 14 and 7 yards to set up the field goal after Dale Carter was hit with a 25-yard pass-interference penalty in single coverage on Jimmy Smith.
Just minutes earlier, Taylor burst through for a 38-yard touchdown run to give the Jaguars a 24-17 lead and the apparent victory.
But Denver (4-9), which had struggled just as mightily as Jacksonville in the driving rain, tied it when Brian Griese hit Byron Chamberlain for a 57-yard touchdown pass against the Jaguars prevent defense. The tight end caught the ball in front of safety Blaine McElmurry, then bounced off a Fernando Bryant and rambled for the tying score.