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100 moments in 100 days: James Stewart’s five touchdown game against the Philadelphia Eagles

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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 clinching a playoff spot for the first time in a decade back in 2017.

Today? James Stewart’s five touchdown performance against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Back during the 1997 season, the Jaguars were getting along at running back with Natrone Means and James Stewart. Then head coach Tom Coughlin knew he needed a premier running back and he went and got one the next offseason in Fred Taylor...

But Stewart wasn’t going to leave the spotlight so quietly.

The Los Angeles Times did a great write up of this game and I’ll share a couple of snippets below:

No one asked James Stewart about fumbles or playing second-fiddle to Natrone Means. They all wanted to know about touchdowns and how it felt to be mentioned with Jim Brown.

Stewart became only the fourth NFL player to rush for five touchdowns in a game Sunday as Jacksonville manhandled the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-21.

The Jaguars lost Means to a sprained ankle on their first drive but got the rushing they wanted from Stewart, a first-round pick in 1995 who bore the brunt of criticism in their expansion season.

He scored on runs of seven, eight and two yards and twice from one yard out to become the first player to rush for five touchdowns since Buffalo’s Cookie Gilchrist on Dec. 8, 1963, against the New York Jets when the teams were in the AFL. The NFL recognizes those records.

Brown and Ernie Nevers are the only others to have at least five rushing touchdowns in a game. Nevers holds the record with six.

The last player to score five touchdowns in a game was San Francisco 49er wide receiver Jerry Rice on Oct. 14, 1990, against Atlanta.

“My dad is from Cleveland so I grew up hearing about Jim Brown,” said Stewart, who ran 15 times for 102 yards, only the second 100-yard game of his career. “I can’t be mentioned with those guys. They’re all great running backs. My career is young.”

As a rookie, Stewart was booed for not producing on an expansion team with a patchwork offensive line. He was blamed for last year’s 20-6 loss to New England in the AFC championship game when his fumble was returned for a touchdown.

“It was hard on James, but James doesn’t take it off the field,” said left tackle Tony Boselli, who cleared gaping holes for Stewart throughout the game. “He worked hard on his speed and his balance. He was running extremely hard out there.”

It was the 10th consecutive home victory for the Jaguars (5-1), who had 149 yards rushing in 24 carries.

You can read the full article here.

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