Our friends over at SB Nation are asking about great moments in NFL history and what we remember about them. And although the Jacksonville Jaguars have been to three different AFC Championship games, none of them are particularly fun to reminisce about.
So, let’s talk about that time we put up 62 points on the Miami Dolphins on the way to our greatest playoff victory in franchise history and Dan Marino’s retirement.
“Stop the fight! Stop the fight!”
The Jaguars were one of the most dominating teams during the 1999 NFL regular season and that carried over at then Alltell Stadium, as the Jaguars jumped all over the Dolphins from the start with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Mark Brunell to Jimmy Smith. Dolphins great Dan Marino was picked off on the very next play leading to a field goal.
A few plays later, Fred Taylor broke off a 90-yard touchdown run, Tony Brackens returned a fumble for a touchdown, and the rout was on to the tune of 24-0 in the first quarter of play.
Those plays are forever seared into my memory and, truthfully, helped me get through some dark years between 2003 and 2017. That stretch of time included a few very good teams (the 2007 team could go toe to toe with the teams of the 1990’s, in my opinion) but for the most part those years were just a wasteland of football.
The Jaguars ended up winning 62-7 in the most dominating display of football I’ve ever seen — Jaguars or not. Marino finished the day with just 95 passing yards on 25 attempts before being knocked out of the game with an injury, which ultimately would be the final game of his Hall of Fame career.
My question is — where were you during the game? Were you there? With friends? I had just turned 14 years old and was with about 50 people at my house just laughing for three hours straight as the Jaguars won in such a way that we got to see Jay Fiedler throw a touchdown to Alvis Whitted.