Amazing Victories in Jaguars History #12-#9

Third in a five-part series where we identify the 20 most thrilling wins in Jaguars history. Check back every day this week as we revisit four amazing victories per day.

#12) 10/16/05 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers / 23-17: The Jaguars were in Pittsburgh in week six, and they were without their workhorse, running back Fred Taylor and veteran safety Donovin Darius. On the other side of the field, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed the game, and that put former starter and XFL star quarterback Tommy Maddox back on the field. The Jaguars' special teams were anything but special on this day. In the second quarter, punt returner Antwaan Randle-El returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown, giving Pittsburgh a 14-7 lead. The two teams would battle back and forth, eventually sending the game into overtime. The Jaguars' special teams failed right away in overtime as they allowed kick returner Quincy Morgan to run the opening kickoff back 74 yards to the Jacksonville 26-yard line. An easy chip shot field goal seemed imminent for Pittsburgh, however on the second play of the drive, Maddox fumbled the snap from center and the Jaguars recovered. The Jaguars' drive would stall, and the Steelers would take their second swing in overtime. On the second play from scrimmage, Maddox threw a pass... right to Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis who took it to the house, and the Jaguars stunned the Pittsburgh crowd with a thrilling 23-17 win.

#11) 12/19/04 vs. Green Bay Packers / 28-25:
The Jaguars stepped onto the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field as the 12 degree temperature dropped as the sun started to go down. Quarterback Byron Leftwich tossed a 31-yard touchdown bomb to wide receiver Jimmy Smith to give the Jaguars an early 7-0 lead. But the game eventually evolved into a matchup of RB Fred Taylor's legs versus quarterback Brett Favre's arm. The Jaguars chose not to fight the weather and just pound the rock on the ground with Taylor, who finished with 165 rushing yards and one big 37-yard touchdown run. Favre did his best to keep the Packers in the game, slinging a late 4th quarter touchdown and converting a two-point conversion with 1:11 left to pull to within 28-25. But the ensuing onside kick failed, and the Jaguars held on for the victory. It was the first time since 1985 that a Florida team had won in Green Bay in December. Favre's 367-yard passing performance was derailed by three costly interceptions.

#10) 9/26/04 vs. Tennessee Titans / 15-12: The Jaguars went on the road in week three, riding the wave of a two-game winning streak, where the Cardiac Cats escaped in one game with a miraculous last-gasp touchdown pass and another game after a late fumble recovery sealed the victory. Week three versus the Tennessee Titans proved to be another thriller. Tennessee carried a slim 6-0 lead into halftime, and RB Fred Taylor only had four carries for 11 yards. With: 13 left in the game and trailing 12-7, Taylor pounded his way into the end zone. The ensuing two-point conversion was good, and the Jaguars went to 3-0 with a thrilling 15-12 victory.

#9) 10/24/96 vs. Baltimore Ravens / 28-25: The 4-7 Jaguars seemed like they were on their way to another losing season. The Andre Rison experiment was a complete failure, and there were questions about whether Coach Tom Coughlin had the respect of his locker room. The Jaguars traveled to Baltimore to play the Ravens, who just two weeks earlier lost to the Jaguars by a field goal in Jacksonville. The Ravens stormed out to a 15-point lead, going up 25-10 as the fourth quarter began. But quarterback Mark Brunell was ready to shine, and he completed touchdown passes to both tight end Pete Mitchell and wide receiver Willie Jackson in the fourth quarter. Brunell scampered in for a two-point conversion, and the game went into overtime. Kicker Mike Hollis sealed the amazing win 28-25 with a 34-yard game-winner. The victory was the first overtime victory in Jaguars history, and it also served as the launching pad for the amazing seven-game winning streak on the way to their improbable AFC Championship Game appearance.

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