Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Maurice Jones-Drew saw a clear path to the end zone and somehow fought the urge to walk across the goal line.

The Jacksonville running back stopped at the 1 and took a knee, keeping the clock ticking and setting up Josh Scobee's 21-yard field goal that gave the Jaguars a 24-22 victory over the New York Jets as time expired Sunday.

"Sorry to my fantasy owners," Jones-Drew deadpanned. "I apologize. I had myself today. It was a tough call, but whatever it takes to get the victory, that's what counts."

With the Jaguars (5-4) facing second-and-6 from the 10, Jones-Drew took a handoff up the middle and went down to give Jacksonville first-and-goal from the 1 with about 11/2 minutes left.

"They said get a close as you can and take a knee," said Jones-Drew, who had an earlier 33-yard touchdown run. "I was looking for someone to tackle me."

New York (4-5) had no timeouts left, and the Jets offense could only watch from the sideline as the time melted away.

"Smartest play of the game," said Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who read from a prepared statement before taking questions. "That's an MVP play right there."

David Garrard took a knee on the next two plays, giving Scobee the opportunity to kick the winner for the Jaguars and make up for an earlier 49-yard miss. Jones-Drew's play reminded Garrard of when Philadelphia's Brian Westbrook also took a knee at the 1 to seal a late-season win over Dallas in 2007.

"It was impressive to see him do that for the team," Garrard said. "There are a lot of questions to be asked about what if this doesn't go right, or that doesn't go right. Everything went right, so we can smile on the way back to Jacksonville."

The Jets came out of their bye-week break making the same mistakes that plagued them in the first eight games. New York has dropped five of its last six, and is headed to AFC-leading New England next Sunday.