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 Ben Roethlisberger questioning whether he could ever play quarterback again.
Today? One of the best endings during the Cardiac Cats season.
October 17, 2004
The year was 2004. Jack Del Rio was in his second season as head coach, Byron Leftwich had gotten his rookie season out of the way, and the defense — anchored by the best interior line tandem in history in Marcus Stroud and John Henderson — was a force to be reckoned with.
And in only the second year of a rebuild they almost got there — 11 of their 16 games finished with the Jaguars within one score of their opponents.
From the season opening win against the Buffalo Bills, you just knew this season was going to be different, as they went on to win their first three games by a combined margin of victory of seven points — earning the nickname “Cardiac Cats” from NFL Primetime’s Chris Berman and Tom Jackson.
That included a touchdown from Byron Leftwich to Cortez Hankton with 45 seconds remaining to win an important Week 6 matchup.
Unfortunately there is no video left of this highlight that I could find so here’s the first episode of their Hard Knocks series from the 2014 preseason.
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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