Recently, the NFL announced plans to upload 96 of the league's most iconic games to its official YouTube channel. The classic broadcasts will go public at some point this August, gifting fans of all 32 NFL teams with a trip down Nostalgia Avenue.
The NFL let fans vote for three games per franchise from an initial list of 160 classic match-ups. For teams like the Steelers, Broncos, and Redskins, the voting was very, very close. Storied franchises like these enjoy a rich history - an element that makes for some very tough fan decisions.
The Jaguars, on the other hand, have a 21-year history and less contests to choose from. Still, the three games selected by Jaguars fans are far from lifeless. In fact, they're timeless.
Here are your three classic Jaguars match-ups, available for your viewing pleasure in August:
1996 AFC Division Playoff -- Jaguars vs. Broncos (54% of total votes)
2007 AFC wild card -- Jaguars vs. Steelers (29% of total votes)
2006 Week 14 -- Jaguars vs. Colts (8% of total votes)
The Broncos upset and Garrard's Wild Card conquest were, understandably, substantial favorites. These two games represent two of the franchise's best wins of all time. The 2006 week 14 match-up against the Colts, however, surprises me. Don't get me wrong -- the 375 rushing yards the team put up in a 44-17 win that day is a feat worth remembering. Still, if it was up to me, I would put the 62-7 win over the Dolphins that sent Dan Marino into retirement in that third slot.
Of course, the Jaguars will be represented in a couple other YouTube match-ups (losses, but still cool) selected by fans of other teams. Here's that list:
1999 AFC Championship Game -- Titans vs. Jaguars (11% of total Titans votes)
2012 Week #11 -- Texans vs. Jaguars (13% of total Texans votes)
That Titans vs. Jaguars championship game is far from a surprise. The Titans beat the Jaguars three times that season -- Jacksonville's only three losses. And I'm glad to see that the 2012 overtime loss to the Texans made the cut. Join me, friends, as I reflect on the days of Chad Henne and Justin Blackmon.
The full network broadcasts of all 96 NFL games will be uploaded in August -- just enough time to reminisce before present day football enters our lives once again.