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No. 10: Jacksonville Jaguars win 26-24 over Denver Broncos

Jacksonville Jaguars v Denver Broncos Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

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We’re counting down to the 2020 NFL preseason opener what would have been the Jacksonville Jaguars preseason opener by ranking all 51 regular season wins over the past decade.

Today at No. 10? Gardner Minshew and one of the best pocket scrambles I’ve ever seen.

Week 4 — September 29, 2019

The Jaguars started out sluggish and made many mistakes in the first half. But this is a game of two halves. And, buddy... that second half was something special.

Jacksonville trailed 17-6 at halftime. The coaching staff made adjustments and Leonard Fournette ran the ball with authority as the offensive line cleared holes, and the team controlled time of possession to begin the third quarter.

And then Gardner Minshew threw the most amazing seven-yard you’ll see all season long. It capped off the longest drive (in terms of time) since 1998 — a 16-play, 75-yard drive that took 10 minutes and 24 seconds off the clock.

The Jaguars would then go on to take a 20-17 lead after Minshew found tight end James O’Shaughnessy on a well-designed 18-yard touchdown pass, which was set up by an 81-yard run by Fournette.

However, Joe Flacco and the Denver offense would once again regain the lead with just one minute and 32 seconds on the clock.

But that is too much time (with one timeout left) to let Minshew Magic play out. The rookie drove the offense downfield, and was aided by a roughing the passer call. Josh Lambo drilled a game-winning field goal from 33 yards out as time expired, despite winds upward of 20 miles per hour blowing in is face.

Why the ranking at No. 10?

Down on the road to an inferior opponent (very Jaguars) led by a quarterback who was limited and making mistakes (again, very Jaguars). Victory being set up by fluke plays and penalties by the opposing team? Truly, the upper echelon of Jaguars.

Up tomorrow?

Beating the Oakland Raiders in their final game in Oakland.