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Historically speaking: Top 10 games in teal

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JACKSONVILLE – Teal is the deal. Again.

So, with teal again the Jaguars' primary jersey color, here's a look at the top 10 "teal" games in franchise history. It's a list that includes some of the Jaguars' biggest, most-memorable victories.

It includes playoff victories, and prime-time moments. It includes come-from-behind victories and memorable blowouts. The common thread? 

The Jaguars were wearing their teal jerseys, which they will do a lot more moving forward.

Here are the top 10 teal games in Jaguars history:

10. Driving for the postseason

Score:Jaguars 30, Seattle Seahawks 24.

Date:December 10, 2017.

Combo:Teal jerseys, black pants.

What happened: The Jaguars' defense intercepted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson three times and quarterback Blake Bortles threw two third-quarter touchdown passes – 18 yards to wide receiver Dede Westbrook and 75 yards to wide receiver Keelan Cole – as the Jaguars took a 27-10 lead. The defense held on 4th-and-9 from the Seahawks 43 late to secure the victory and move the Jaguars into sole possession of first place in the AFC South in December for the first time since 2010.

Quotable:"Call it what it is … it was a big win us …" – Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack

9. First home playoff victory

Score:Jaguars 25, New England Patriots 10.

Date:January 3, 1999.

Site:Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville.

Combo:Teal jerseys, white pants.

What happened: The Jaguars, playing a home playoff game for the first time in franchise history, registered a methodical victory in an AFC Wild Card game. The Jaguars, who won their first AFC Central title in 1998 with an 11-5 regular-season record, controlled the game and rookie running back Fred Taylor rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries. Taylor's 13-yard second-quarter touchdown run gave the Jaguars a 12-0 lead and a 37-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mark Brunell to wide receiver Jimmy Smith gave the Jaguars a 19-10 lead with 12:24 remaining. Field goals of 34 and 21 yards by Mike Hollis late in the fourth quarter secured the victory.

 Quotable:"It was the first time to get a chance to play at home in the playoffs, which was fun. We played well. We weren't letting these guys come in here and walk out with a 'W.' Everybody was straight focused. Nothing more, nothing less. Whether it was a one-point win or a 30-point win, we just wanted to make sure those guys didn't come out of this stadium with a win." – Jaguars wide receiver Keenan McCardell

8.Fifty-nine yards

Score:Jaguars 31, Indianapolis Colts 28.

Date:October 3, 2010.

Site:EverBank Field, Jacksonville.

Combo:Teal jerseys, white pants.

What happened: Kicker Josh Scobee's 59-yard field goal in the waning seconds helped the Jaguars to one of their most memorable home victories. The Jaguars overcame an early 7-0 deficit and never trailed again, with running back Maurice Jones-Drew's eight-yard reception on a pass from quarterback David Garrard giving them a one-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's one-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Austin Collie made it 28-28 with :48 remaining, but Scobee beat the defending AFC Champions with a franchise record for longest field goal that still stands.

Quotable:"It might be the only thing people ever ask me about or tell me about – where they were either in the stands or where they were watching the game at the time when I made it. When you're a kicker, you have these dreams and moments you think about, hoping for that opportunity. When I did get it, it was a dream come true." – Scobee

7.Heavy hit in the rain

Score:Jaguars 28, Colts 23.

Date:November 9, 2003.

Site:Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville.

Combo:Teal jerseys, black pants.

What happened: The Jaguars upset the Colts in a memorable game for Taylor, who rushed for 152 yards and scored two touchdowns – and who avenged an early-season situation involving Colts rookie safety Mike Doss. In a Colts victory in Indianapolis early that season, Doss reportedly taunted Taylor and pushed his helmet into the ground following a tackle. Taylor's response came on a wet, gray day in Jacksonville as he ran over Doss on a 32-yard, game-winning touchdown run with 1:08 remaining. Taylor not only ran through Doss on the run, he turned at the end of the run to face the Colts defense that unsuccessfully chased him into the end zone.

Quotable: "I took his (Doss') comments personally, and I wanted to challenge him. … I don't always taunt. I don't get the opportunity a lot. I felt that no one was going to catch me. I wasn't really thinking, and it just sort of happened that way." – Taylor


Score:Jaguars 9, Steelers 0.

Date:September 18, 2006.

Site:Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville.

Combo:Teal jerseys, white pants.

What happened: The Jaguars turned in one of the dominant defensive performances in franchise history against the defending Super Bowl champions in the lowest-scoring game in Monday Night Football history. They forced two turnovers and held the Steelers to 153 total yards, and Scobee's 42-yard field goal with just under five minutes remaining extended the Jaguars' lead to 9-0. Cornerback Rashean Mathis' second interception of the game off Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came shortly after the two-minute warning to secure the victory.

Quotable:"I just remember the intensity of practice that week. Our defense at that time had been underrated. They weren't getting the notoriety they deserved. [Head] Coach [Jack] Del Rio said going into that game this is going be a dogfight. Jacksonville showed up. It was a loud game. The atmosphere was crazy. It was a rivalry game. It was a two-chinstrap game. It was definitely a great atmosphere."— Jones-Drew

5.Fred Taylor's unreal run

Score:Jaguars 29, Buccaneers 24.

Date:November 15, 1998.

Site:Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville

Combo:Teal jerseys, white pants.

What happened: The Jaguars, on the way to the first of back-to-back AFC Central titles, won on one of the jewel plays of Taylor's career. The Jaguars took a 14-3 lead on runs of six and three yards by Taylor, but the game was back and forth in the second half with the Buccaneers scoring on a 79-yard fourth-quarter pass from quarterback Trent Dilfer to wide receiver Reidel Anthony and Hollis converting field goals of 31, 27 and 24 yards. The Jaguars regained possession at their 30 with just under three minutes remaining, trailing 24-23. Taylor took a handoff on the first play of the possession, then outraced the Buccaneers defense down the left sideline for a 70-yard touchdown and a 29-24 lead. Jaguars cornerback Aaron Beasley intercepted Dilfer to end the ensuing series and secure the victory.

Quotable:"That's my favorite game of all-time. That's still the game that stands out the most." – Taylor

4.Block that kick

Score:Jaguars 30, Steelers 21.

Date:September 22, 1997.

Site:Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville.

Combo:Teal jerseys, white pants.

What happened: In the first Monday Night Football game in Jacksonville, the Jaguars won in heart-stopping fashion. Brunell returned after missing the first two games with a knee injury and led the Jaguars to leads of 7-0, 17-7 and 20-14 before the Steelers took a 21-20 lead on a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kordell Stewart to tight end Mark Bruener on the fourth quarter's first play. Hollis' 27-yard field goal with 4:14 remaining gave the Jaguars a 23-21 lead. The Steelers drove, but defensive end Clyde Simmons blocked Steelers kicker Norm Johnson's 40-yard field goal attempt on the game's last play. Jaguars second-year safety Chris Hudson returned the block 58 yards for a touchdown, with Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher famously motioning as if to punch Hudson before turning away. 

Quotable:"That was our first Monday Night game. Those were some of the best moments – when you played against the Steelers – because of who they were and the toughness they brought to the division. When I came in, [then-Head Coach Tom Coughlin] made it clear that was our goal – to beat the Steelers – because at that time they were on top of the AFC Central." – Jaguars linebacker Kevin Hardy

3.Morten's miss

Score:Jaguars 19, Falcons 17.

Date:December 22, 1996.

Site:Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville.

Combo:Teal jerseys, white pants.

What happened: The Jaguars secured their first playoff appearance when Falcons kicker Morten Andersen missed a 30-yard field goal try with four seconds remaining. The Jaguars took leads of 7-0, 16-3 and 19-10 on an early 11-yard touchdown run by Brunell and four field goals by Hollis (23, 26, 22 and 42 yards). The Falcons scored two second-half touchdowns and running back Craig Heyward's two-yard touchdown run with 5:39 remaining cut the Jaguars' lead to 19-17. The Falcons drove from their 30 to the Jaguars 12 in the waning moments, but Andersen – a future Hall-of-Fame kicker – slipped as he planted. The kick sailed wide to send the Jaguars to the postseason for the first time in franchise history.

Quotable: "The cool thing about that miss, that moment, was you weren't expecting to make the playoffs in 1996. You were hoping to play well and maybe find a way to get to .500. The unexpected when it happens is always more special because it's unexpected." – Jaguars defensive end Jeff Lageman

2.Dramatic victory over Miami

Score:Jaguars 28, Dolphins 21.

Date:October 12, 1998.

Site:Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville.

Combo:Teal jerseys, white pants.

What happened: This game is remembered for multiple memorable performances, perhaps mostly for the matchup between Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli and Dolphins pass rusher Jason Taylor. Jaguars rookie running back Fred Taylor scored on a 77-yard run on the game's first play from scrimmage and the Jaguars tied a back-and-forth game with a 23-yard pass from Brunell to McCardell early in the fourth quarter. One play after Dolphins kicker Olindo Mare's 54-yard field goal missed, Brunell again hit McCardell – this time for 56 yards and a 28-21 lead with 2:36 remaining, a play remembered for Boselli mockingly motioning to Jason Taylor to follow him down the field following the play. The Jaguars' defense held the Dolphins twice after that, with defensive end Tony Brackens' sack/fumble ending one drive and Marino throwing incomplete from the Miami 34 on the game's final play.

Quotable:"It was a Florida game. It was the best of Florida. We knew they were a good team. They were playing well. It was our time. It was showcase time for us." – McCardell

1.As good as they've ever been

Score:Jaguars 62, Dolphins 7.

Date:January 15, 2000.

Site:Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville.

Combo:Teal jerseys, white pants.

What happened: The top-seeded Jaguars turned in one of the most one-sided postseason performances in NFL history, sending Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino into retirement and advancing to the AFC Championship Game. The Jaguars led 24-0 after a quarter and 41-7 at halftime, outgaining the Dolphins 520-131 and forcing seven turnovers. They took a 7-0 lead on an eight-yard, first-possession touchdown pass from Brunell to Smith, then extended the lead with a 90-yard run by Taylor and a sack/fumble/touchdown by Brackens that made it 24-0 entering the second quarter. A 39-yard pass from Brunell to Taylor and a 25-yard run by running back James Stewart extended the lead to 38 in what remains the highest-scoring day in franchise history.

Quotable:"That was an anomaly. That doesn't happen. Everything just clicked that day. I played 19 years. I've been on both ends of a lot of blowouts, but not in a playoff game with two good teams. That game was just amazing." – Brunell

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