With just 61 days until kickoff, let’s talk about the longest catch of Mike Sims-Walker’s career — a 61-yard touchdown throw by David Garrard in a 24-21 Jacksonville Jaguars victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Olly Olly Oxenfreeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!”
Believe it or not, the Jaguars were good once and a 7-9 season was considered a failure. One such time was in 2009, after the briefest of windows closed on Jack Del Rio and company.
But when this touchdown was scored, we all thought it was the second wind we needed to get to the playoffs.
At 3-4 and still reeling from a 30-13 implosion at the hands of the Tennessee Titans, the Jaguars needed a spark to get back in the AFC South race. (Yes, at one time, 3-4 was not considered “in the hunt” in the AFC South.)
Holding onto a 7-6 lead, the Jaguars were driving just before halftime. Garrard was in the shotgun. He looked to the left sideline and saw Sims-Walker with, well, no one really covering him. Sims-Walker ran the rest of the way to the end zone for the longest catch of his four-year career — a 61-yard touchdown that put the Jaguars up 14-6 going into halftime.
They ended up winning this game... and the next one... and the next one.
6-4? Playoffs, baby!
Not really. We lost five of our last six to fall to 7-9 and last in the AFC South.
The former third-round pick finished with 1,659 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career in Jacksonville — and this play is the longest one of the bunch.