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Agonizing Defeats in Jaguars History (#12 – #9)

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Today continue with our third in a five-part series where we identify the 20 most-agonizing defeats in Jaguars history. Check back every day this week as we continue to revisit 4 heartbreaking losses per day. Be sure to leave us comments about what you remember about those games. Don’t worry: we promise to cheer you up next week during the series “Amazing Victories In Jaguars History.”

#12 | 11/26/06 vs. Buffalo Bills / 27-24:
The Jaguars were trailing the Buffalo Bills 24-17 with less than three minutes to go in the 4th quarter. On the drive, QB David Garrard had a huge fourth-down scramble for 16 yards to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, WR Matt Jones caught a 3-yard touchdown pass to tie the game up 24-24. But the Jaguars elected to squib kick the ball, and the Bills started at their own 40-yard line with :28 left in the game. QB J.P. Losman completed two huge pass plays to put the Bills within field goal range with :03 on the clock. K Rian Lindell booted a 42-yard field goal as time expired to lift Buffalo to a 27-24 victory.

#11 | 12/5/04 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers / 17-16: The Jaguars and Steelers have a long history of bruising gridiron battles, and this primetime Sunday night game was no different. The two teams slugged it out for 58 minutes before the Jaguars managed to take the lead 16-14 on a field goal from rookie K Josh Scobee. But Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger orchestrated an outstanding two-minute drive that resulted in a 37-yard field goal from K Jeff Reed. The Jaguars tried a 60-yard field goal as time expired. The distance was there, but the kick sailed wide right, sealing Pittsburgh’s 17-16 victory.

#10 | 12/17/00 vs. Cincinnati Bengals / 17-14: The Jaguars went on the road in Week 16 of the 2000 season to play the Bengals in chilly Cincinnati. The minus-23 wind chill did not seem to bother the Jaguars at first as they held a 14-7 lead late into the 4th quarter. But with 1:15 left in the game, the Bengals tied up the score 14-14. On the ensuing kickoff, the Bengals caused Jaguars kick returner Shyrone Stith to fumble the ball, and Cincinnati recovered inside the Jacksonville 40-yard line. The Bengals ran the clock down with just seconds remaining, and K Neil Rackers booted a 27-yard field goal to give Cincinnati a 17-14 victory as time expired.

#9 | 11/19/95 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 17-16: The Jaguars had fought back from a 10-0 deficit to pull to within 17-16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But the Jaguars decided to pass for a two-point conversion and it failed, and the Buccaneers held on for a 17-16 win.


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