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Jaguars 2007 Season in Review

Final Record: 12-6

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David Garrard 2007

Jaguars' quarterback David Garrard became a full-time starter in 2007, and rewarded the team with a superb season.

Edward R. Jenkins

The Jaguars cruised to an 11-5 record during the regular season, and added a memorable playoff victory in Pittsburgh to wrap up their finest season of the 2000s.

The Jags' off-season quarterback controversy was finally put to rest when former first-round pick Byron Leftwich was released prior to the season opener, making way for long-time backup David Garrard, to leave his mark as the team's starting quarterback.

Garrard performed above and beyond expectations, turning in perhaps the best season of any quarterback in Jaguars' history. Garrard led the NFL's sixth-ranked offensive attack (25.7 points per game) and finished with 18 touchdowns versus only 3 interceptions, and a 102.2 quarterback rating.

While the team wouldn't have had as much success if not for Garrard's stellar play, the offensive unit was essentially carried by the Jaguars' fierce rushing attack, which opened things up for the passing game.

Long-time Jaguar Fred Taylor had one of his finest seasons, finishing with over 1,200 yard with an average YPC of 5.4. Second-year running back Maurice Jones-Drew showed his stellar rookie season was no fluke, finishing with nearly 800 yards and 9 touchdowns in a complementary role to Taylor.

The Jaguars' defense, while not the powerhouse it had been in previous seasons, performed solidly. Veteran Paul Spicer led the way with 7.5 sacks, and rookie Free Safety Reggie Nelson led the team with 5 interceptions.

The season's two most memorable moments both came at Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In Week 15, the Jaguars became the first team to beat the Steelers at home on a snowy December day. The final score was 29-22. A few weeks later, the Jaguars traveled back to Heinz Field for the AFC Wild Card game, and did it again, becoming the first team to beat the Steelers at home twice in one season.

The playoff win was the only postseason victory in the Jack Del Rio era (2003 to 2011), and provided one of the most iconic moments in Jaguars' history.

The Jaguars trailed the Steelers 28-29 with less than two minutes remaining in the game. On 4th and 2, Jaguars' quarterback David Garrad dropped back from center and immediately shot forward through the Steeler defense. He wasn't brought down until 32 yards later, setting the Jaguars up for a Josh Scobee game-winning field goal.

The Jaguars season would end the following week against the undefeated New England Patriots. Despite keeping up with the Pats in the first half, the Jaguars faltered and lost 31-20. Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady completed 26 of 28 passes against a weakened Jaguars' defense.

Sadly, the 2007 season was the tip of the iceberg for the Jaguars, as the 2008 season saw the team collapse and begin a rebuilding phase.

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