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(Sunday, October 24th)
Final Score: Kansas City 42, Jacksonville 20
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Thomas Jones rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs downed the Jacksonville Jaguars, 42-20, at Arrowhead Stadium.
Matt Cassel played mistake-free and completed 13-of-18 passes for 193 yards with two touchdown passes to Dwayne Bowe, as the Chiefs (4-2) snapped a two- game skid behind a ground game that amassed 236 yards. Bowe ended with 81 yards on three receptions.
Todd Bouman, in his first start since January 1, 2006, was solid for the Jaguars (3-4) with 222 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-34 throws but threw two interceptions, one that Derrick Johnson returned for a touchdown.
"Todd came in and played a great game. He gave us a chance to make something happen," Jaguars guard Uche Nwaneri said. "It just came down to the fundamentals and we just didn't make enough plays."
Maurice Jones-Drew had 121 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in defeat.
Bouman was signed during the week after starting quarterback David Garrard (concussion) and backup Trent Edwards (thumb) went down with injuries in Monday's ugly 30-3 home loss to Tennessee.
The 38-year-old journeyman was near flawless in his return before throwing a pass over the middle that Johnson picked off and went the other way 15 yards for a score, giving Kansas City a 28-20 cushion with 5:13 left in the third.
The Chiefs, outscored 31-7 in the fourth quarter in their previous two losses, turned the ball over on downs in Jaguars territory early in the final frame.
A 29-yard screen pass to Jones-Drew moved the ball across midfield for the Jaguars, but the visitors punted shortly thereafter.
Kansas City put the game away with a 10-play, 85-yard march. Bowe capped it with an acrobatic six-yard grab in the end zone, tapping both feet inbounds while hauling in Cassel's high pass with 3:46 to go.
Eric Berry's first career interception a little later resulted in a Jackie Battle one-yard touchdown plunge for the final score.
"It was a great day for us," Cassel said. "I thought we played together. We fought and took advantage of our shots when we got them."
Jacksonville's Mike Thomas had a long punt return early on but fumbled the ball at the KC 26-yard line. On the next play after the turnover, Jones took a handoff, made a cut to the right and sprinted down the sideline 70 yards to the four. Jamaal Charles took it in from there with 5:51 left in the first.
The Jags got on the board with a 35-yard Josh Scobee field goal later in the opening quarter and took the lead, 10-7, early in the second when Bouman lofted an 18-yard pass for Jones-Drew in the end zone.
The Chiefs answered with a 14-play, 73-yard drive that lasted eight minutes. Jones got just enough on 4th-and-1 from the Jacksonville two, and on the next play leapt over the goal line for a 14-10 cushion with 1:31 left in the half.
That was enough time for Bouman to lead Jacksonville down the field and add an 18-yard Scobee field goal just before for the break. The Jags had 1st-and-goal at the one, but two incompletions and an unsuccessful Jones-Drew draw brought out the kicking unit.
On the third play of the second half, Cassel underthrew Bowe down the right sideline. The receiver made a nice adjustment on the ball and broke two tackles for a 53-yard touchdown.
Jacksonville came back with a TD four minutes later, as Bouman found Mike Sims-Walker on a nine-yard out route in the end zone.
The Chiefs matched their win total from the 2009 campaign...Jones-Drew totaled 47 yards on 16 carries and caught five passes for 74 yards...Dexter McCluster logged 28 yards on seven carries and 41 yards on five receptions for the Chiefs, who got 71 yards on the ground from Charles...This was Bouman's seventh career start...Jacksonville had 84 rushing yards...The Chiefs host Buffalo next week, while the Jaguars head to Dallas to play the Cowboys.
10/24 18:42:21 ET