NFL: Jacksonville 17, Tampa Bay 10

Dec. 1, 2003 at 12:05 AM
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Byron Leftwich threw a go-ahead 48-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Smith early in the fourth quarter Sunday as Jacksonville beat Tampa Bay, 17-10.

Tampa Bay (5-7) slipped three games behind Dallas and Carolina in the race for the two NFC wild card berths with four games remaining.

Leftwich, a rookie who had thrown eight touchdowns and 12 interceptions entering the contest, went 20-of-34 for 224 yards and two TDs without an interception for Jacksonville (3-9), which entered the contest tied with Atlanta and San Diego for the worst record in the NFL.

The game was tied, 10-10, before Leftwich connected with Smith down the right sideline for the go-ahead score with 10:23 left. Smith made a diving catch past Bucs corner Tim Wansley.

Fred Taylor had 29 carries for 119 yards and Smith 10 catches for 136 yards for Jacksonville.

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