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100 moments in 100 days: Mark Brunell’s playoff scramble vs. Broncos

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This year marks the 25th season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. To celebrate, we’re counting down 100 days from our regular season kickoff with the top 100 moments in franchise history.

Yesterday it was The Point.

Today? Mark Brunell’s scramble against the Denver Broncos in that infamous 1996 playoff run.

I am old and washed up and therefore I think back to over 20 years ago when the Jaguars were actually good. And one of my favorite Jaguars memories of all time comes from the 1996 playoffs.

When the Jaguars went to go visit the Broncos in the 1996 AFC Divisional Playoff game, few expected the Jaguars to come close, much less win the game. But that’s exactly what they did, despite being 12.5-point underdogs. Natrone Means punished the Broncos defense, going for 140 yards and 6.7 yards per carry, Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell combined for 170 yards and two touchdowns.

But it was Mark Brunell’s 29-yard scramble in the fourth quarter on second-and-9 when that is etched into my brain. Near midfield, Brunell took the snap, he ran right, got away from a safety, ran left, galloped behind a block from McCardell, and ended up on the 21.

Feel free to bookmark the video below and watch some time this weekend to relive the Jaguars’ glory days.

Send us your favorite moments and we’ll dig into each one until the Jaguars kick off on September 8th — including whatever video, audio, or stories we can find.

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