As Jaguars fans, it's practically a prerequisite that we love the running game. For all of you who do love running, this is the holy grail for you. The Jaguars got the running game revved up in a hurry. First Fred Taylor ran for 76 yards on his first touch of the day, and the very next play Murice Jones-Drew dusted off the final 17 yards of a 93 yard drive. I watched the highlights from this game, and it's greatly satisfying.
To simply watch highlights on this game isn't enough. That being the case, you can catch those highlights here. Here are some of those statistics I speak of. David Garrard completed just 8 of 14 passes with no touchdowns and 1 interception, bus as I mentioned earlier, this game was all about the backs. Fred Taylor ran the ball just 9 times, but he gained 131 yards and a touchdown. Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 166 yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 carries. Also, third string running back Alvin Pearman ran for 71 yards on 13 attempts.
On top of that, Maurice Jones-Drew accounted for just over three hundred yards including a 93 yard kick return for a touchdown to open the second half of the game. I remember thinking that the Jaguars had just won the game when he took the kick back.
A couple things that I need to point out about the game that I didn't recall until I saw the highlights again. Marvin Harrison caught his 1000th career catch. That's very impressive, and also; the Colts led the game 10-7 at one point. Unfortunately for the Colts, the Jaguars rattled off six unanswered scores in a row to thoroughly whip the Colts into submission.
To pick a game that exemplifies the running game, you have to look at the entire teams' effort. I would nominate this game as one of the greatest single game rushing performances by a team in NFL history. Yeah, it was that good.
Here's the link to the stats for the game. I recommend checking them out; they're quite staggering.