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51 days until kickoff: Jacksonville Jaguars win 45-7 over Houston Texans

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We’re counting down to the 2020 NFL preseason opener between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers by ranking all 51 regular season wins over the past decade.

Today at No. 51? When we beat the Houston Texans by a score of 45-7 and clinched a spot in the playoffs.

Week 15 — December 17, 2017

The day started off like so many other Jaguars games of the decade with a couple of three-and-out drives. But the Jaguars finally got that 2017 magic rolling with a 13-play, 78-yard drive that took them to the goal line.

Tommy Bohanon took care of the rest. Things would only get better from there.

On the second play of their next drive, Blake Bortles hooked up with Keelan Cole for a 43-yard gain, which brought them to the red zone. Three plays later, Jaydon Mickens caught his very first NFL touchdown.

He then followed it up with with another.

And then Josh Lambo kicked a 38-yard field goal.

And then Keelan Cole caught a 9-yard touchdown after a Barry Church interception.

It’s halftime and the Jaguars are up 31-0.

The Texans finally got on the board midway through the 3rd quarter with a T.J. Yates pass to DeAndre Hopkins but it was all Jaguars after that — with another Tommy Bohanon touchdown and then Corey Grant got into the action midway through the fourth quarter scoring the game’s final points.

Why the ranking at No. 51?

This is the least Jaguars game of the past decade because it did something no other victory did — clinched a spot in the playoffs. Also, 38 points is the largest margin of victory for the Jaguars in that time span.

Up tomorrow?

Jacksonville beating a team that had Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky splitting quarterbacking duties.