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Brunell rallies Jags past Ravens


Week 11 of the 2003 NFL season finds the Jaguars playing in Tennessee. Here's what happened in past years' week-11 games. They're ranked in the order of their prominence in Jaguars history.

Jaguars 30, Ravens 27 (11-10-96)

Coming off their bye week at 3-6, the Jaguars faced a crossroads kind of game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium against a Baltimore team that was also 3-6.

With 6:23 to play in the game, the Ravens held a 27-16 lead following a 21-yard touchdown pass from Vinny Testaverde to Derrick Alexander that completed an 11-play, 88-yard drive.

All of a sudden, the Jaguars came to life. Mark Brunell moved his offense 90 yards in nine plays, completing an eight-yard touchdown pass to James Stewart with 3:50 to play. Brunell's conversion pass was incomplete and the Jaguars trailed, 27-22.

The Jaguars defense stopped the Ravens offense cold, and Brunell was back in business at his 33-yard line. He moved down the field just as quickly, and scored the game-winner on a one-yard bootleg run with 41 seconds left on the clock. His two-point-conversion pass to Keenan McCardell upped Jacksonville's lead to three points.

Veteran defensive end Clyde Simmons secured the win by sacking Testaverde at the Ravens 36-yard line, and forcing and recovering the fumble.

Brunell's 354 passing yards were a stadium record, as the Jaguars equaled their inaugural-season win total.

The game stands as one of Brunell's greatest comeback victories.

Jaguars 29, Bucs 24 (11-15-98)

Running back Fred Taylor added to his collection of long runs and rookie-season heroics, going 70 yards with 2:40 to play in the game and the Jaguars trailing by a point. Taylor's game-winning touchdown run allowed the Jaguars to claim the mythical Florida professional football championship, having also beaten Miami earlier in the season.

Taylor rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns against one of the vaunted defenses in the league. He further established himself as one of the two-best rookies in the league. Randy Moss was the other.

Tampa had leads of 17-14 at halftime and 24-20 early in the fourth quarter. Mike Hollis booted three field goals in the second half to keep the Jaguars within reach of the Bucs.

Cornerback Aaron Beasley cemented the win by intercepting a Trent Dilfer pass following Taylor's game-winner.

Ravens 24, Jaguars 21 (11-25-01)

The Baltimore Ravens scored a come-from-behind win against the Jaguars for the second time in the season and for the third time in the last four games between the two teams.

Elvis Grbac rallied the Ravens to a nine-play, 74-yard touchdown drive in the final minute-and-a-half, to overcome a 21-point rally by the Jaguars. Grbac's three-yard touchdown pass to Shannon Sharpe with nine seconds left to play was the game-winner. It left Alltel Stadium stunned, after Jaguars fans had cheered the Jaguars to a 21-17 lead.

The Ravens held a 17-0 lead early in the third quarter, but the Jaguars stormed back. Stacey Mack's four-yard run capped a 71-yard touchdown drive, then Mark Brunell tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Smith that capped an 87-yard march. It appeared as though Mack had scored the game-winner on a three-yard run with 1:32 to play, but the Ravens maintained their penchant for breaking the Jaguars' hearts. It was a trend that began in week two of the 2000 season.

Jaguars 24, Texans 21 (11-17-02)

The Jaguars scored their first-ever AFC South win, avenging an upset loss to the expansion Texans in Jacksonville three weeks earlier.

Houston made a valiant come-from-behind bid, as rookie quarterback David Carr scored twice on runs to cut what had been a healthy Jags lead, but the Jaguars defense rose to the occasion with the game on the line. The Jaguars sacked Carr twice in Houston's final drive.

It marked the Jaguars' second win in a row, following a four-game losing streak, and evened their record at 5-5.

Jaguars 24, Chiefs 10 (11-9-97)

The Jaguars registered a team single-game-record six sacks, and the defense protected a 24-3 halftime lead, as the Jaguars improved to 7-3 and remained in a tie with the Steelers in the AFC Central Division title chase.

It was the Jaguars' 11th consecutive home win, and against a Kansas City team that would go on to claim the top seed in the AFC playoffs.

The Chiefs were playing without starting quarterback Elvis Grbac, who was injured in KC's Monday-night win over the Steelers. Rich Gannon took Grbac's place in the lineup and Gannon threw for 314 yards, but he was also guilty of two interceptions and two fumbles.

Jaguars 41, Saints 23 (11-21-99)

Sunday night football came to Jacksonville to see the number one-ranked defense in the league, but it was the offense that stole the show.

Mark Brunell threw for 351 yards and two touchdowns, and James Stewart rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns, as the Jaguars stepped away from a 17-17 tie at halftime with 24 unanswered points to start the second half.

The Jaguars defense, chasing an all-time NFL fewest-points-allowed record, slipped a bit, as rookie Ricky Williams rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

Jimmy Smith's 220 yards receiving were a career high, and was the second-best performance by a wide receiver in the NFL to that point in the season.

The Jaguars (9-1) had four plays of 30 yards or more, including a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown by Reggie Barlow, who opened the scoring with less than two minutes gone in the game.

Seahawks 28, Jaguars 21 (11-12-00)

The Jaguars were talking about getting back into playoff contention, but that all changed after the visiting Seahawks drove 67 yards in eight plays and scored the game-winning touchdown with 2:01 to play.

Seattle rallied from a 21-7 deficit in the second quarter, then held on to turn the Jaguars away at the goal line on the final play of the game. Mark Brunell had moved the Jaguars quickly down the field and got an extra play when Seattle was flagged for pass interference, but Alvis Whitted misunderstood Brunell's audible call at the line of scrimmage and Brunell's pass fluttered harmlessly to a spot in the end zone where Whitted was not.

Brunell threw for 340 yards, but the Jaguars defense allowed Jon Kitna to throw for three touchdowns. The Jaguars' record fell to 3-7.

Seahawks 47, Jaguars 30 (11-12-95)

Seattle totaled 481 yards of offense, including an 86-yard end-around for a touchdown by rookie wide receiver Joey Galloway, 38 and 23-yard touchdown catches by Galloway, and a 29-yard touchdown run by Chris Warren.

Amazingly, the Jaguars held a 27-21 lead at halftime, though Mark Brunell threw for only 121 yards in the game. The Seahawks held the ball more than eight minutes longer than the Jaguars, who were physically starting to wear down in the second half of their inaugural season.

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