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Chiefs 35, Jaguars 30

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Chiefs rode their workhorse to stay in the playoff chase.

Larry Johnson rushed for 138 yards on 33 carries Sunday in Kansas City's 35-30 victory over Jacksonville, giving him an NFL-record 416 carries this season.

His 1,789 yards smashed the team record of 1,750 yards the durable 230-pounder set last year in only nine starts. Atlanta's Jamal Anderson had the NFL record for attempts in a season with 410 in 1998.

The Chiefs (9-7) then sat back to await the outcome of San Francisco's game at Denver, which started about the same time Kansas City's regular season ended.

After losses Sunday by Cincinnati and Tennessee, the Chiefs could reach the playoffs with a victory by the 49ers over the Broncos.

Jacksonville finished the season with three straight losses and wound up 8-8, with their third-team quarterback on the field.

The Chiefs' fourth touchdown came after Ty Law intercepted David Garrard's pass, and sent the turnover-prone quarterback to the Jacksonville bench for the rest of the game.

Law picked off Garrard on the 18 and returned it to the 2, and Johnson scored to put Kansas City up 28-10 with 12:08 to play.

Into the game came Quinn Gray, who signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003 and had appeared in only one game in three seasons. He led the Jaguars on three touchdown drives, finishing the first two with nifty runs himself. Jacksonville pulled them to within five points with 5:00 remaining on Maurice Jones-Drew's 5-yard run following a Trent Green fumble.

But the Chiefs, who got three touchdown runs from Johnson, held firm.

A roughing-the-passer penalty against Paul Spicer for delivering a late shot to Green seemed to energize a lethargic Kansas City team midway through the second quarter.

Green, who missed half the season with a severe concussion, lay flat on his back holding his head a moment while the crowd booed and several angry Chiefs jawed at Spicer.

On the first play after the 15-yard penalty, Johnson rambled 40 yards to the 8, and on fourth-and-goal from the 6-inch line vaulted into the end zone to put the Chiefs on top 14-10.

On their next possession, Green connected with Kennison for 23 yards on third-and-6. Three plays later, the Chiefs executed a perfect flea-flicker, with Green heaving a 35-yard pass into the end zone for Kennison, who beat cornerback Rashean Mathis, Jacksonville's only Pro Bowler.

The Chiefs' first TD came on Bernard Pollard's blocked punt and recovery in the end zone. The rookie safety beat Montell Owens' block and then fell on the ball as it skittered into the end zone.

Fred Taylor scored on a 26-yard pass from Garrard in the second quarter, and the Jaguars got a 33-yard field goal from Josh Scobee for a 10-7 lead with 9:59 to play.

Gray drove the Jaguars to quick touchdowns on his first two drives. After pass completions of 19 and 32 yards, he darted nine yards for a TD. Then, finishing a 69-yard drive, he ran 17 yards, faking out safety Jarrad Page at the 5 and drawing Jacksonville to 35-24.

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