Amazing Victories in Jaguars History #8-#5

Fourth 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.

#8) 12/10/06 vs. Indianapolis Colts / 44-17: The Jaguars stormed out of the gates and never looked back in this game in which the Colts were absolutely thumped. On the Jaguars' first possession, running back Fred Taylor ran 76 yards from the Jacksonville 6-yard to the Indianapolis 18-yard line. One play later, rookie sensation running back Maurice Jones-Drew pounded his way into the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown score. And that was only the beginning as the Jaguars ran for 375 yards on the day as a team, tying the second-most rushing yards in one game since the AFL-NFL merger. Quarterback David Garrard did not have to do much, as he only passed for 76 yards. The Jaguars shredded the Colts 44-17 on the strength of its running game and run defense. Ironically, the Jaguars would lose their next three games and miss the playoffs, while Indianapolis did not lose another game en route to the Super Bowl title.

#7) 9/22/97 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers / 29-21: The Jaguars were 2-0 as they headed into their Week 4 game against the Steelers. It was the Jaguars' first appearance on Monday Night Football, surely the result of their incredible run to the '96 AFC Championship Game. The big news of the game is that quarterback Mark Brunell was returning to the starting lineup after sustaining a knee injury in the preseason. Brunell came out slinging the ball to the tune of 303 yards and 1 touchdown. The fireworks at the end of the game provided the real drama. With: 06 left in the game, the Jaguars held a slim 23-21 lead, and Pittsburgh K Norm Johnson was lining up for a 40-yard field goal. But the snap was low and it was blocked by defensive end Clyde Simmons. Jaguars safety Chris Hudson scooped up the ball and returned it 58 yards for a game-clinching touchdown. The iconic moment was caught on tape as head coach Bill Cowher pretended to deck Hudson as he was running down the sideline to seal the 30-21 victory.

#6) 12/20/03 vs. New Orleans Saints / 20-19: The significance of this game was huge on three fronts: quarterback Mark Brunell's last game in a Jaguars uniform, a stellar running display by running back Fred Taylor to the tune of 194 yards on the ground, and of course, the River City Relay. With the Jaguars leading 20-13 and :06 remaining, Saints wide receiver Donte Stallworth caught a 42-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Brooks, broke a couple of tackles and threw a lateral across the field to wide receiver Michael Lewis at the Jaguars' 33. Lewis went 7 yards and pitched it back to running back Deuce McAllister, who went 5 yards and threw across the field to wide receiver Jerome Pathon. With the help of a good block by Brooks, Pathon ran 21 yards to the end zone for a touchdown score. The Jaguars were stunned. What was even more stunning was Saints kicker John Carney lining up for the extra point attempt…..and shanking it to the right. No good! The Jaguars edged the Saints 20-19, as thoughts of the '96 game versus Atlanta ran through the minds of Jaguars fans and players familiar with the name "Morten Andersen."

#5) 1/5/08 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Wild Card Round) / 31-29: The Jaguars had just visited Pittsburgh three weeks earlier when running back Fred Taylor scorched the Steelers for 147 rushing yards and a game-clinching touchdown. It was the only regular season home loss for the Steelers. Now the Jaguars not only had to beat the Steelers again on their home turf in Pittsburgh, but also beat the odds facing them; no team had ever won in Pittsburgh twice in the same season. The Jaguars thumbed their noses at history on this day, as they jumped out to a commanding 28-10 lead. Much like the game against Pittsburgh three weeks before, the Jaguars let the Steelers back into the contest in the fourth quarter, and suddenly Pittsburgh was up 29-28. But as the San Francisco 49ers franchise has "The Catch" in their team lore, the Jaguars would have "The Run" in this Wild Card game. Facing a 4th and 2, quarterback David Garrard would take the snap and run a quarterback draw for 32 yards to the Pittsburgh 11-yard line. The Steelers had to use all their timeouts to stop the clock. With: 40 left, kicker Josh Scobee booted a 25-yard field goal to give the Jaguars a 31-29 lead. On the next drive, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked and fumbled the ball away to Jacksonville, sealing the first playoff win since the 1999 season for the Jaguars franchise.

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