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A different pass, Janurary 1999

The 1999 Jaguars are one of the two greatest teams ever fielded by our franchise. No one could beat them, no one could out gun them....except the newly named Tennessee Titans. In 1999, the Titans finished one game shy of us at 13 and 3 in the old AFC Central. After knocking us off by a deuce at Alltel, they destroyed us with a four-possession victory in Nashville. Hosting the Bills in the wild-card, Frank Wycheck and Kevin Dyson pulled off an improbable Music City Miracle with less than 20 seconds left, they went on the road and knocked off the Colts by a field-goal (while we performed the greatest victory in modern playoff history, winning by eight touchdowns over Dan Marino, in what has to be one of the least discussed victories ever). The next week though, in one of the saddest Jaguar losses ever, we fell 30 minutes short of a Super Bowl berth (lets not talk about that though).

Lets go back though....Frank Wycheck stops to lateral and it sails just a bit on him, Kevin Dyson catches it as a flag is thrown and slightly off balance he falls out of bounds with three seconds left instead of returning the kick all of the way...the Titans fall 16-15 despite a hail mary by Steve McNair

The Next week, invigorated by the Titans loss, the Jaguars perform the second greatest victory ever and defeat the visiting Dolphins 62-7 in Dan Marino's last game....faced with the young Peyton Manning fresh off his victory over the Bills, the Jaguars manage to rise to the occasion in a terrific second half capped by an Alvis Whitted TD catch, 33-14.

Sadly, despite one of the greatest offensive duels in Super Bowl history, Mark Brunell's pass to Keenan McCardell is stopped just short of the goal-line by St. Louis' Mike Jones.

Forsaking the available Trung Canidate to replace the aging Carnell Lake, the Jaguars acquire a young PR receiver out of Arizona (no, not Mike Thomas) named Dennis Northcutt. Passing up the value pick of R.Jay Soward in the second round over fears of work ethic, the Browns pick a local West Virginia star named Jerry Porter, who goes on to have the alright career most thought free of California distractions.

And that folks is how much one pass and two yards change the fortunes of three franchises, two receivers, and one forgotten January game.

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