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Amazing Victories in Jaguars History (#16 – #13)

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Today we continue with our five-part series where we identify the 20 most thrilling wins in Jaguars history. Check back every day this week as we revisit 4 amazing victories per day. Be sure to leave us comments about what you remember about those games. Enjoy!

#16 | 11/9/03 vs. Indianapolis Colts / 28-23: The Jaguars were 1-7 heading into this Week 10 game in Coach Jack Del Rio’s inaugural season, and he was fed up at halftime when the Jaguars were down 20-7 to the 7-1 Indianapolis Colts. He had a raging meltdown where he lit into his team and smashed a glass in the locker room to get their attention. It worked brilliantly. Not to mention that RB Fred Taylor had his own motivation for playing the Colts on this day. Rookie S Mike Doss disrespected Taylor during the September 2003 matchup between these two foes by pushing Taylor’s head into the ground unnecessarily. Taylor promised to punish Doss, and he did that and more. With 1:14 left in the game, Taylor ran 32 yards of his 152 yards on one play, flattening Doss en route to the game-winning touchdown score. The Jaguars held on 28-23 for the win. It was the first time the Jaguars had won a game against Indianapolis.

#15 | 9/18/06 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers / 9-0:
There are three constants in life: death, taxes, and Jaguars-Steelers slugfests. Rewind to Week 14 of the 2004 season when the Steelers and the Terrible Towels of the Pittsburgh faithful invaded Alltel Stadium and escaped with a narrow 17-16 win. That loss, as painful as it was, energized the Jaguars fan base into taking back our house. When Week 2 of the 2006 rolled around, the Monday night football atmosphere was electric. That sea of yellow from 2004 turned into a sea of teal jerseys and white wiggle sticks as the Jaguars fans celebrated a hard-fought 9-0 victory over the Steelers. Pittsburgh only managed 9 first downs and 26 rushing yards, the lowest rushing total ever during the Bill Cowher tenure.

#14 | 10/28/07 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 24-23: The Jaguars were coming off an extremely disappointing Monday night football loss the week before to the Indianapolis Colts in which several key players were injured. Backup players such as QB Quinn Gray, RB LaBrandon Toefield, and CB Aaron Glenn were asked to shoulder the load in the short week leading up to the game versus the Buccaneers. The Jaguars were facing the ageless veteran QB Jeff Garcia, who had resurrected his career in Tampa Bay and had not thrown a single interception through Week 7. The Jaguars took a 17-13 lead into halftime, even with Gray only throwing two passes the entire first half. Tampa Bay would answer with 10 points in the 3rd quarter as their defense stiffened and helped the Buccaneers take a 23-17 lead. But with 11:37 left in the 4th quarter, Gray found WR Matt Jones on a fade route that resulted in an 8-yard touchdown score. The score was 24-23. Garcia and the Buccaneers had their chances late in the game, but an easy touchdown pass to WR Ike Hilliard was overthrown and a late interception (Garcia’s third of the day) sealed the improbable win for Jacksonville 24-23. It was the first time a quarterback making his first start had beaten a Monte Kiffin defense. Gray only threw 7 passes the entire day, tying a Jaguars franchise record.

#13 | 9/12/04 vs. Buffalo Bills / 13-10: The Jaguars traveled to Buffalo to face the Bills in Week 1. Jacksonville was hoping to jumpstart a lifeless offense that had many fans grumbling in the preseason. The woes continued as the Jaguars only managed 3 points by halftime, but they continued to claw their way back as the game progressed. Trailing 10-6 with 1:18 left in the game and facing a 4th and 14 situation at the Jacksonville 34-yard line, QB Byron Leftwich found WR Jimmy Smith on a 45-yard bomb that moved the Jaguars into Buffalo territory. But the Bills would force another 4th down situation. With :33 left and facing 4th and 2, Leftwich took the snap in the shotgun and found WR Troy Edwards for a 6-yard gain to the Bills’ 7-yard line. After three straight incomplete passes, the Jaguars were facing their third 4th down conversion situation on the drive. With :04 left, Leftwich took the snap, threw the ball toward the back of the end zone, and rookie WR Ernest Wilford came down with the ball. The referees reviewed the play and determined that Wilford was forced out. Touchdown, Jacksonville! The Jaguars escaped with a thrilling 13-10 come-from-behind victory.

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