Desmond Howard will savor his game-winning touchdown - the first of its kind in the short history of the Jacksonville Jaguars - even though it happened so fast.
After the expansion Jaguars spent most of the game paying for their own mistakes, Howard caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from backup Mark Brunell with 1:03 to play and former University of Idaho kicker Mike Hollis added the winning extra point to give Jacksonville its first victory, 17-16 over the Houston Oilers on Sunday.
It took five weeks for the victory, but the winning play was over in a flash.
“We caught them in a blitz and it happened all so quick, it was like a blur,” Howard said. “This is a great victory. This is what we’ve been waiting for. We never quit and that’s the attitude the coaches have been working on.”
“It’s the first win in our history, it’s huge,” Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said. “It’s a great feeling. There is a lot of emotion flowing out of this locker room at this moment. It’s one win and we don’t have to worry about that any more.”
The victory was especially emotional for Jacksonville offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who held the same position with the Oilers before he was fired last season.
“The feeling is just indescribable,” Gilbride said. “We knew that we had to fight until the end and it was a great finish.”
Dolphins 26, Bengals 23
Dan Marino threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to O.J. McDuffie with 1:03 left, keeping Don Shula and visiting Miami unbeaten with a victory over his son Dave and Cincinnati. Cincinnati wasted a chance to tie in the closing seconds when Doug Pelfrey’s 45-yard field-goal attempt drifted a few feet wide left. Miami is 4-0 for the fifth time in club history and the first since 1992.
Chiefs 24, Cardinals 3
The two touchdown passes Steve Bono threw were not a surprise - even the one to third-string lineman Joe Valerio. However, his 76-yard touchdown run can qualify as a shocker. After a fake handoff to Marcus Allen fooled the Arizona defense, Bono took off on the longest scoring run by a quarterback in NFL history, a touchdown that started Kansas City on its way to a victory at Tempe, Ariz. The slow-footed Bono circled to his right while Allen was being wrestled down and ran, in apparent disbelief, untouched along the sideline.
Steelers 31, Chargers 16
Host Pittsburgh bolted to a 25-point first-half lead to beat San Diego in a rematch of the AFC championship game. Willie Williams and Alvoid Mays each had interception returns for touchdowns in the first 13 minutes for the Steelers. Erric Pegram restored the run to Pittsburgh’s previously bumbling offense with 95 yards in his first Steelers’ start. Stan Humphries, whose unruffled style was a key to the Chargers’ 17-13 AFC championship game upset, threw a career-high four interceptions.
49ers 20, Giants 6
San Francisco kept Rodney Hampton bottled up before driving him out with a hand injury and held the Giants without a touchdown in a victory at home. Steve Young led four scoring drives, and the 49ers rebounded from their Monday night upset at Detroit in the first meeting with the Giants since San Francisco’s 44-3 playoff victory in January 1994. Hampton, coming off a four-touchdown, 149-yard performance in New York’s 45-29 win over New Orleans last week, was held to 27 yards on 11 carries before breaking a bone in his right hand.
Colts 21, Rams 18
Marshall Faulk, last year’s NFL offensive rookie of the year who has struggled this season, rushed for a career-high 177 yards and three touchdowns as Indianapolis handed visiting St. Louis its first loss of the season. The Colts forced three turnovers from the Rams, a team that hadn’t committed any this season, took a 14-10 lead at halftime and scored the clinching touchdown on a 1-yard run by Faulk in the third quarter.
Buccaneers 20, Panthers 13
Casey Weldon replaced injured Tampa Bay quarterback Trent Dilfer and led the Buccaneers to a victory in Clemson, S.C., that kept expansion Carolina winless. Kerry Collins, the Panthers’ first-ever draft choice, made his first start at quarterback, and completed 18 of 32 passes for 233 yards. He had one scoring pass and was intercepted once, but it wasn’t enough to keep the miscue-plagued Panthers from falling to 0-4.
Eagles 15, Saints 10
Rodney Peete, starting in place of Randall Cunningham, moved Philadelphia into field-goal range for Gary Anderson five times in a win at New Orleans. Anderson, who established himself as one of the most accurate kickers in the league during his 13-year career at Pittsburgh, hit field goals of 20, 43, 36, 37 and 42 yards for the Eagles (2-3). The Saints (0-5) are off to their worst start since 1980 when they started 0-14 and finished 1-15.
Falcons 30, Patriots 17
Morton Andersen kicked two of his five field goals in the final 9:42 to break a tie and give Atlanta a victory over New England in Atlanta. Scott Zolak, filling in for the injured Drew Bledsoe, engineered the first touchdown drives for the Patriots since the season opener and got the team’s first touchdown pass this year, a 2-yarder to Sam Gash. The Falcons won their third in a row, taking a 20-17 lead on Andersen’s 32-yard field goal with 9:42 to play.
Raiders 47, Jets 10
Jeff Hostetler threw for four touchdowns, three in the first half, in Oakland’s rout of New York in East Rutherford, N.J. The Raiders built a 31-3 halftime edge over their inept hosts, who sustained their worst home loss since the 1989 finale. Hostetler, in his return to the stadium where he played for the other tenant, the Giants - leading them to a Super Bowl title - picked apart a Jets defense ravaged by injuries.
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