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100 moments in 100 days: David Garrard’s walk-off Hail Mary to Mike Thomas

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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 LaMarr Woodley picks a fight with Greg Jones after a play... and losing.

Today? David Garrard to Mike Thomas for a walk off Hail Mary touchdown against the Houston Texans!

Garrard put together a great performance that got off to a shaky start. On the opening drive, He nearly had two passes intercepted — one on a screen pass he threw falling backwards and one in the end zone that was broken up by Kassim Osgood. Garrard was able to pull himself together though and lead the team to a 17-3 lead at half-time, with two touchdown runs by Maurice Jones-Drew.

After the half however, the game got worrisome. The Texans were third in the NFL in second half points, and they were able to make that evident, scoring 21 points in the second half. The Texans came screaming back and after a dropped pass on third down by Mike Sims-Walker that would have been a first down, the Texans tied the football game. On the very next drive, David Garrard hit Zach Miller on a long touchdown grab.

On the grab, a Texans defender tried to arm tackle the big former Nebraska-Omaha option quarterback and Miller rumbled for a touchdown behind the down-field blocked of Marcedes Lewis.

Houston then went right down the field and tied the football game on a very controversial call that gave wide receiver Kevin Walter a touchdown. Personally, I thought the correct call was made after the review and felt it would be reviewed a touchdown. Clearly however, that’s a ruling the NFL will need to look at.

For the third meeting in a row however, the Texans screwed the pooch when they had a chance to win the football game. After a badly shanked field goal by Josh Scobee, Matt Schaub marched the Texans down the field. Schaub completed a pass to tight end Joel Dreessen at the 34-yard line, who fumbled. Sean Considine forced a fumble, not allowing the Texans to attempt what would have been a game winning field goal attempt.

We all know what happened after that.

Glover Quin leaped in the air and did what defensive backs are taught to do on the Hail Mary, swat the ball down.

Unfortunately for Quin, he swatted the ball past tight end Marcedes Lewis, right into the gut of wide receiver Mike Thomas.

Go Jaguars.

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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