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Bills 17, Jaguars 16 (10-18-98)

The Jaguars took a 5-0 record to Buffalo. Unfortunately, they didn't take rookie sensation Fred Taylor with them. Taylor was out of action with a sprained shoulder he suffered in the second half of the Jaguars' win over the Miami Dolphins the previous Monday night.

With fullback Daimon Shelton and recently-acquired running back Chris Howard carrying the ball, the Jaguars' running attack floundered after rookie Tavian Banks left the game with a foot injury following the first series of the game.

The Jaguars' passing attack was held in check, as quarterback Mark Brunell managed only 119 yards. Nevertheless, the Jaguars held a 16-10 lead late in the game. That's when Buffalo quarterback Doug Flutie worked his old magic.

Flutie began the game-winning drive at the Bills 30-yard line just inside the two-minute warning. He moved the Bills to the Jaguars one-yard line, from where he threw three incomplete passes. On fourth-and-goal from the one and with about 20 seconds to play, Flutie rolled around left end and ducked into the end zone. It would be the play that would begin the Flutie mania that would carry the Bills to the 1998 playoffs.

The Rich Stadium crowd of 77,635 was then the largest-ever to see a Jaguars game.

Jaguars 38, Eagles 21 (10-12-97)

Running back James Stewart joined NFL legends Ernie Nevers, Cookie Gilchrist and Jim Brown as the only men to rush for five touchdowns in a game. Stewart scored on runs of seven, eight, two, one and one yards in the Jaguars' easy win over visiting Philadelphia.

The Jaguars scored on their first three possessions for the first time in their history, and went out to a 21-0 lead against the 2-3 Eagles. After an Irving Fryar touchdown catch cut the deficit to 14 points, the Jaguars clinched the outcome with two short touchdown drives.

Fryar would catch two more touchdown passes, but Stewart was clearly the day's star, rushing for 102 yards on 15 rushing attempts. The Jaguars controlled the ball for 13 minutes more than the Eagles.

The win left the Jaguars at 5-1 and in first place in the AFC Central.

Ravens 17, Jaguars 10 (10-20-02)

In a season of regrets, this was one of coach Tom Coughlin's biggest. Having a rookie kicker cost the Jaguars on this day, as Hayden Epstein's miss on a 39-yard attempt caused a loss of confidence in Coughlin that resulted in Coughlin not attempting field goals on three occasions. It turned out to be the difference in the game, as the Ravens held off the Jaguars in Baltimore, despite a major statistical advantage for the Jaguars.

Fred Taylor rushed for 151 yards and went over the 4,000-yard mark for his career, and Mark Brunell threw for 231 yards, but three Brunell interceptions helped sabotage an otherwise dominant performance by the Jags, who held a four-minute time-of-possession advantage and outgained the Ravens 397-261.

The loss was the Jaguars' second straight, evened their record at 3-3 and canceled their fast start.

Jaguars 21, Jets 17 (10-13-96)

Following one of the most demoralizing losses in their history the previous week in New Orleans, the Jaguars needed a win against the winless New York Jets to move within a win of .500.

The Jets held a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter, following a Wayne Chrebet 12-yard touchdown catch. Mike Hollis cut the deficit to 14-6 with his second field goal, but it wasn't until wide receiver Jimmy Smith asserted his presence that the Jaguars took control of the game.

Smith pulled in a 62-yard pass from Brunell, then capped the 93-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown catch. Brunell's two-point pass to Keenan McCardell tied the game just before halftime.

Wide receiver Willie Jackson scored the winning touchdown midway through the third quarter, converting a short pass into a 41-yard scoring play.

The Jaguars defense held off the Jets the rest of the way.

Smith enjoyed the first 100-yard receiving day of his career.

Ravens 18, Jaguars 17 (10-28-01)

The Jaguars held a 17-6 lead over the Ravens in Baltimore following Stacey Mack's 11-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth quarter, but the Ravens stormed back with two long touchdown drives to rally for the win.

Mark Brunell turned in another classic performance in Baltimore, but he came up short. Brunell threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns and scrambled for another 55 yards, but the defense collapsed with the game on the line.

Ravens quarterback Randall Cunningham rallied his team to drives of 71 and 56 yards, completing a two-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Qadry Ismail in the right-front corner of the end zone with 4:07 to play.

It was the Jaguars' fourth consecutive loss and dropped their record to 2-4. Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell each broke the 100-yard mark in receiving, but the Jaguars were able to manage only 26 yards rushing from its backs, and that was the difference in the game because the Jaguars were unable to turn to their running game to kill the clock with an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Bears 30, Jaguars 27 (10-15-95)

Fresh off a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers that left the Jaguars 2-4 and their fans chanting "wild card, wild card," the expansion Jaguars engineered a furious rally against the visiting Bears that left Hollis to attempt a field goal that would've tied the game on the final play of the game. Hollis' 54-yard attempt barely missed.

The Jacksonville Municipal Stadium crowd gave the Jaguars a standing ovation as they left the field.

Chicago held a 30-20 lead with 2:18 to play in the game. Brunell, who was starting to become famous for his late-game comebacks, drove the Jaguars 60 yards in 10 plays to cut the deficit to three points on a 23-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cedric Tillman with 27 seconds to play.

The Jaguars recovered Hollis' on-side kickoff, and Brunell moved the Jaguars into field goal range.

Titans 27, Jaguars 13 (10-16-00)

It was intended to be a Monday Night Football showdown, but the Jaguars were clearly in a weakened state when they met the Tennessee Titans for the first time since the Titans had won the AFC title in Jacksonville the previous January.

Eddie George rushed for 165 yards, the most ever by a Jaguars opponent, and Steve McNair led an offensive barrage with 234 yards passing and two touchdowns. The Titans swamped the Jaguars at Adelphia Coliseum with 24 unanswered points, after Mike Hollis had given the Jaguars a 3-0 lead.

If there was a positive for the Jaguars, it was that Fred Taylor posted his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season. He had a 71-yard run.

The Jaguars sagged to 2-5, while the Titans were atop the AFC Central at 5-1.

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