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Greatest Moments in Jaguars History

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Since Jacksonville's NFL franchise entered the league in 1995, the Jaguars have had plenty of up-and-down moments. Recently, there have been more downs than ups, but that's the nature of the league: success is often cylical.

Let's take a look at the top 10 moments in Jaguars history.

10. Jaguars annihilate Dolphins, 62-7

The 1999 Jaguars were the class of the NFL, finishing with a league best 14-2 record. Still, some doubted whether the team could perform well against playoff teams, considering the Jaguars had somewhat of a cupcake schedule. The Jaguars annihilated those doubts, as well as their in-state rivals, the Miami Dolphins, racking up a 41-0 lead with a few minutes remaining in the first half. The lopsided loss was Dan Marino and Jimmy Johnson's last game.

9. Jaguars shut out Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football

When the Jaguars matched up against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football, many predicted a win for the Steelers. They were, after all, the defending Super Bowl champions and the Jaguars didn't even qualify for the postseason. But in front of a nationwide audience, the Jaguars shut down Ben Roethlisberger and company in one of the lowest-scoring Monday Night Football games in league history. 

8. Taylor runs wild

In one of the last games played at the Steelers' historic Three Rivers Stadium, Jaguars running back ran wild against the vaulted Steeler defense, racking up 234 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Taylor's total was the most given up by the Steelers -- ever.

7. Brunell returns; first home primetime game

In 1997, Mark Brunell was the face of the Jaguars, and the franchise quarterback, having led the team to the AFC Championship game and leading the league in passing the year before. During the preseason, Brunell was injured following a nasty hit from Jessie Armstead, a Giants linebacker. Brunell missed the first two games of the '97 season, but recovered in time to make it back for the Jaguars first primetime home game. He led the Jaguars to a thrilling 30-21 victory over the Steelers, throwing for 308 yards and a touchdown.

But the game's best moment didn't happen until the end. As the Steelers lined up to kick a game-winning field goal, defensive back Chris Hudson blocked the kick and returned it for a touchdown, sealing the victory. Want to know how frustrated Steelers coach Bill Cowher was? As Hudson was sprinting down the sideline, he rear his body forward, his arm back, and nearly attempted to punch at the young player.

6. Taylor hits 10,000

Jaguars running back sealed his place among the NFL's greatest in 2007 against the Tennessee Titans. Taylor hit the hole hard in the third-quarter, running over a defender for a 13-yard game. The run gave him 10,000 career rushing yards, putting him in a category with other great players like Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Emmit Smith and Thurman Thomas. The accomplishment was even sweeter considered the Jaguars went on to win the game, 21-3.

5. Scobee nails it

On October 3, 2010, the Jaguars faced off against the Indianapolis Colts. With mere seconds remaining on the game clock, the score was tied at 28. The Jaguars sent kicker Josh Scobee out on the field to attempt a 59-yard field goal, in a desperation attempt.

The kick wobbled its way down the field and sailed a few feet over the crossbar, giving the Jaguars a last-second victory over Peyton Manning and the Colts.

Not only was Scobee's field goal the longest in team history, it was the the eight-longest in league history and just four yards shy of the NFL record.

4. The Immaculate Deflection

Last-second desperation passes in the NFL are known as the "Hail Mary" for a reason. They rarely work. Early in the 2010 season, the Jaguars were tied with the Houston Texans, 24-24, with a mere seconds remaining on the game clock. The Jaguars offense had the ball at midfield, too far away for even kicker Josh Scobee's strong leg.

So, they did what most teams do in that situation: they called up a Hail Mary. Quarterback David Garrard launched the ball into the end zone as time expired, near wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker, who was being covered by Dunte Robinson of the Texans. Sims-Walker fell down, and Robinson deflected the ball to the ground...

The ball, however, did not hit the ground. Instead, it fell right into the outstretched arms of Mike Thomas, the Jaguars number-two receiver. Thomas walked into the end zone, and as you can imagine, the crowd went wild.

3. Garrard's miracle run

From 2000 to 2006, the Jaguars only qualified for the postseason once, and were knocked out immediately. In 2007, the team got their act together and made the playoffs with an 11-5 record. Their opponent? The Pittsburgh Steelers, the powerhouse who won the Super Bowl just two seasons prior.

The Jaguars got off to an early lead, but the Steelers came back, eventually taking a slim 29-28 lead over the Jaguars. On 4th down with less than two minutes remaining, the Jaguars held the ball around midfield. Quarterback David Garrard dropped back then sprinted between two defenders for a 32-yard run to set up the game winning field goal.

It was the Jaguars first playoff victory since 1999 (the 62-7 rout of the Dolphins).

2. Morten Anderson's gift

The Jaguars entered the final game of the 1996 season against the Atlanta Falcons with a clear ultimatum: win the game and make the playoffs. Lose the game, and stay home for the hollidays.

With the Jaguars leading 19-17, Falcons kicker Morten Anderson lined up for a chip shot -- a 30-yard field goal that would hand the Jaguars a devastating loss. It was an easy field goal for any kicker, and Anderson was often considered one of the best in the league.

The kick sailed wide right, and the Jaguars fate was sealed. The upstart expansion team would make the playoffs in only its second season, setting the stage for the greatest moment in Jaguars history.

1. Upstart 'Jagwads' beat the best

The 1996 Jaguars were fortunate to make the playoffs (see above). They were by far the biggest underdog in the postseason, which made their 30-27 win at Bufallo in the Wild Card round all the more impressive.

Not even the most optimistic Jaguar fans, however, ever expected the Jaguars to win in Denver.

The Broncos were the class of the AFC, with an NFL-best 13-3 record.

The local Denver media called the Jaguars "Jagwads." Here's perhaps the most telling quote from Woody Paige:

"Who do these upstart Jaguarss think they are, anyway, coming to Mile High Stadium, where the Broncos haven't lost this season and only once ever in the playoffs? They must think they belong here, but they will learn."

Jacksonville's young gunslinger Mark Brunell ran and threw the ball all over the Broncos defense, and the Jaguars defense held future Hall of Famer John Elway in check.

They won the game 30-27, and advanced to the AFC Championship.

When the Jaguars returned home to Jacksonville, they found a stadium packed with nearly 40,000 fans after midnight. It was, by far, the greatest moment in Jaguars history.

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