Jaguars' Greatest Games - Broncos vs. Jaguars, 1996 Playoffs

To round out the week, I bring you the greatest victory in Jacksonville Jaguars history. This game was rated as the sixth greatest NFL upset of all time by the NFL Network. You can check out the video clip here. The Jaguars made a mad dash to the playoffs in 1996 that should have never netted a playoff birth. Had Morten Anderson connected on his chipshot 31 yard field goal against the Jaguars, the Jags would've been at home watching John Elway play another team. But in 1996, the Jaguars found favor with fate, and they road that wave to the AFC championship game.

Entering the divisional round matchup against the Broncos, the Jaguars were a full two touchdown underdog to the AFC's number one seed. Everyone expected the Broncos to wallop the Jags and march straight through the AFC to the Super Bowl, but it wasn't to be for Elway. In hindsight, it's hard to feel sorry for the Broncos. They would win the following two Super Bowls to end John Elway's great career. As a side note, the Jaguars were the last team to ever beat John Elway in the playoffs.

The Jaguars were led by Mark Brunell who had been acquired from the Green Bay Packers. In 1996, he led the league in passing yards for an individual, and he had more rushing yards than any othe quarterback. Jaguars running back, Latrone Means, led the Jaguars' ground attack, and he hammered the Broncos all day.

At the end of the day, Mark Brunell, Jimmy Smith, Natrone Means, and Keenan McCardell were just too much for the Broncos. In the piece I linked to above, John Elway called the Jaguars playoff game in 1996 "the biggest loss of my life." Considering the 3 Super Bowl losses Elway had suffered prior to that, it speaks volumes about the sense of getting beat by a team that you should beat. Everyone expected the Broncos to win, but they didn't get it done when it counted. That is how the Jacksonville Jaguars secured its biggest win in franchise history.

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