Garrard And The Jags Pound Carolina

Jacksonville - Jacksonville's defense turned in its best performance in two months. Fred Taylor topped it with the longest run in team history.

Together, they helped the Jaguars move a step closer to securing an AFC playoff berth.

Taylor ran for 132 yards and a touchdown, the defense looked like its old self and the Jaguars beat the Carolina Panthers 37-6 on Sunday.

Jacksonville (9-4) harassed Vinny Testaverde, stuffed DeShaun Foster and locked down Steve Smith -- the defense's most complete game since consecutive wins at Denver and Kansas City early in the season.

The Jaguars turned the game on the first play of the third quarter and sealed the victory on the first play of the fourth.

But the defense ended up sharing the spotlight with Taylor, whose 80-yard TD run with 9:48 to play was the longest run from scrimmage in the NFL this season.

Former Pirate David Garrard was 20-36 for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns.