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 Blake Bortles being released.
Today? Todd Bouman starting an NFL game after not having thrown a pass in over five years.
It was the Tuesday before a game and Bouman was literally sitting on a tractor on his father’s farm in Minnesota, assisting with the final corn harvest. His wife called him on the CB radio that someone was calling for him.
Bouman arrived in Jacksonville that evening and began preparing to start.
He hadn’t thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2005 and hadn’t won a game since 2001. But for the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs, it looked as if Bouman had been starting and playing all season. On his first drive of the day, Bouman drove the team into field goal range before being sacked by Tamba Hali to force a punt.
On Bouman’s next drive he drove the team to a field goal to make it a 7-3 game.
On his next drive dropped in a nice touch pass to Maurice Jones-Drew for a touchdown to take a 10-7 lead.
After the Chiefs went up 10-14, Bouman then led a two minute drive before the half to put the Jaguars within a point. It was 14-13 at halftime.
Right after the half the Chiefs scored a touchdown on a two-play drive, Bouman came right out and answered the call ending the drive with a touchdown pass to Mike Sims-Walker making it 21-20.
That’s when the wheels came off.
Bouman then threw a bad interception to Derrick Johnson that was returned for a touchdown and the next two drives sputtered and he was intercepted again.
Given the circumstances, however, Bouman answered the call for much of the game. He kept the Jaguars in the football game as the Chiefs dared him to throw by limiting the Jaguars to only 76 rushing yards.
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