There are a lot of reasons to love our Jacksonville Jaguars, and speaking of which, here’s 10 more. #DTWD
Reality Hits Marino Hard as He Retires
Back in 1999, Aaron Beasley was too pumped. Aaron Beasley was too ready. Aaron Beasley said he’d pick off Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino not just one time, but two times … and he did. In an embarrassing 62-7 playoff loss, the Jaguars gave one of the great quarterbacks a reason to be salty, as he headed off the field and into retirement.
You Can’t Touch Our Swimsuit Game
We did what no one else has done, we put swimming pools in at EverBank Field for the 2015 season. How’s that for Sunday Night Football?
We Found The Face and Future of Our Franchise
We survived Blaine Gabbert. For our heroic efforts and continued faith, The General was kind enough to throw the first curveball of last year’s NFL draft and award us with the Face of our Franchise, Blake Bortles.
The Comeback Kid
Bortles isn’t Gabbert, David Garrard or Byron Leftwich … he’s better. His impressively instinctive decision-making and ball placement led the Jaguars to the biggest comeback win (21-point deficit) in franchise history against the New York Giants. Nice work, kid.
The Longest 59 Yards Ever
I find it fitting that the longest field goal in franchise history ended one of the worst consecutive setbacks in franchise history, as the Jaguars beat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-28 in October of 2010, (for the third time with a Josh Scobee field goal of 50 yards or more) giving Peyton Manning something to cry about after two 25-point losses in a row. Revenge is a dish best served in the form of victory my friends.
Hail Mary for The Win
The smallest person on the team had the biggest impact on the game. Glover Quin thought when he batted down Garrard’s 50-yard pass that the Houston Texans won the game … Jags receiver Mike Thomas thought otherwise, securing a last-minute victory, 31-24.
That Magical Monday Night
For their first time in the national spotlight, the Jaguars certainly didn’t disappoint. In Week 3 of the 1997 season, a surprising return from injury for Mark Brunell combined with a fake punt pass and a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown proved to be too much for the Pittsburgh Steelers to handle. The 1997 season was supposed to be “that” year. Despite a rocky start, it sure was special.
Stealing from the Steelers
Two games. Two victories. In one month. In Pittsburgh. Enough said.
Generosity Kills the Falcons, Not the Cats
Still looking the part of the expansion team they were, the Jaguars needed to beat the Atlanta Falcons to advance into the playoffs back in ’96. A prayer from above was answered as every fan in the stands held their breath as Christmas came early and former Falcons Kicker Morten Andersen, one of the League’s all-time great and accurate kickers, pushed a chip shot field wide left.
A Mile-High Victory
To this day, former Broncos Offensive Guard Mark Schlereth is still salty, but that’s just fine by me. Just when everyone thought the Jaguars were doomed, they played the greatest game this franchise has ever played and beat the Broncos, moving on to their first-ever AFC Championship.
By Grant Gunderson | Contributor