Agonizing Defeats in Jaguars History (#8 – #5)

Today we continue with our fourth 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.”

#8 | 9/28/03 vs. Houston Texans / 24-20: The Jaguars had a 20-17 lead with about 2:56 left in the game against the Houston Texans until QB Byron Leftwich fumbled the ball away. The Texans marched down the field to get to within inches of the goal line with :02 left in the game. The Texans could have kicked a game-tying field goal, but head coach Dom Capers decided to go for the win. QB David Carr leaped in the air on the next play, breaking the plane before fumbling the ball. The Jaguars pleaded their case about the fumble. But the referees upheld the touchdown call, giving the Texans a 24-20 victory over Jacksonville.

#7 | 12/17/06 vs. Tennessee Titans / 24-17:
The Jaguars were 8-5 and seemed to be on their way to a second-straight playoff berth with only three games remaining. But Jacksonville found themselves in an episode of “The Twilight Zone” in Week 15 vs. the Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars outgained the Titans in total yardage (396-98), total first downs (23-5), time of possession (44:22-15:38), and 3rd down conversions (10-0)…and still lost 24-17. QB David Garrard had a terrible game, throwing three interceptions and losing one fumble. The Titans used two interception returns for a touchdown and a fumble return for a touchdown to generate points in the improbable win over the Jaguars. For the Jaguars, it was the beginning of a three-game freefall that would keep them out of the playoffs.

#6 | 9/7/03 vs. Carolina Panthers / 24-23:
The start of the Jaguars’ New Era under first-time head coach Jack Del Rio was on the road against the Carolina Panthers, and things were positive through the first 2.5 quarters. Jacksonville had jumped out to a commanding 17-0 lead. But the joy was short-lived as the Panthers stormed back to take an 18-17 lead midway through the 4th quarter. The Jaguars battled back to take a 23-18 lead. But QB Jake Delhomme tossed a fourth down, 12-yard TD pass to WR Ricky Proehl with :16 left to give the Panthers a stunning 24-23 victory.

#5 | 11/25/01 vs. Baltimore Ravens / 24-21: The Jaguars had taken a 21-17 lead with 1:32 left in the game against the Baltimore Ravens. But Jaguars defensive coordinator Gary Moeller called for a prevent defense on the Ravens’ next offensive series, and it backfired miserably. With :09 left in the game, Ravens QB Elvis Grbac found TE Shannon Sharpe for a 3-yard TD pass. Baltimore beat Jacksonville 24-21.

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