MIAMI (AP) – Even when the Miami Dolphins had David Garrard scrambling 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage, they failed to stop him.

Garrard did his best work on the run Sunday, throwing for 229 yards and two scores to help the Jacksonville Jaguars beat Miami 24-10.

The Jaguars (7-5) won for only the second time on the road and ended a four-game winning streak by the Dolphins (5-7), likely ensuring Miami will miss the playoffs for the fifth year in a row.

Garrard led Jacksonville on touchdown drives of 95 and 91 yards, while Miami’s Joey Harrington threw two costly interceptions and was sacked four times.

Poor tackling also hurt the Dolphins. George Wrighster bounced off a defender on a 16-yard scoring reception, and Maurice Drew broke three tackles on a 32-yard touchdown run – the rookie’s ninth score this season.

Garrard also was sacked four times, but he completed 16 of 22 attempts and ran for three first downs. Matt Jones made six catches for 128 yards and a score.

The Jaguars built a 24-7 lead, enough to survive a late rally by the Dolphins. After Olindo Mare kicked a 42-yard field goal with 3:45 left, Miami’s Chris Chambers recovered an onside kick.

The Dolphins drove to the 5 before Harrington threw incomplete on fourth down with 1:41 to go.

Jacksonville fell behind 7-0, but scored two touchdowns in the final 1:50 of the first half to go ahead 17-7.

Garrard threw two completions with defensive end Jason Taylor in his face during a 95-yard drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown catch on third down by Jones.

Three plays later, Jacksonville’s Rashean Mathis made his seventh interception of the year. Then a scrambling Garrard was forced 15 yards deep to midfield before zigzagging through the defense for a 17-yard gain.

Wrighster scored on the next play.

On the game’s first possession, Harrington went 7-for-8, including three completions on third down, and Marty Booker capped a 14-play march with a 17-yard touchdown catch.

The Dolphins threatened when Harrington hit Chambers for 46 yards to the 9. But on third down at the 5, Harrington’s pass was deflected in the end zone, and Gerald Sensabaugh intercepted.

Mare drew boos when he was wide left on a 42-yard field-goal try, his 10th miss this year, a career high.

Jacksonville squandered a scoring chance when Jones lost a fumble at the Miami 24 following a 33-yard catch.

AP-ES-12-03-06 1904EST


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