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Sunday, October 25, 1998, 4:15 p.m. EST
Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colo.

THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars travel to Denver this week to face the Broncos in a game that brings back memories of playoff games between the two teams in Mile High Stadium the last two seasons. Kickoff for the Jaguars-Broncos game is 4:15 p.m. EST (2:15 MST).

The Jaguars are coming off their first loss of the season, a disappointing 17-16 defeat in the final seconds at Buffalo, while the Broncos had their open date last weekend. Both teams are in first place in their respective divisions, with Jacksonville at 5-1 and the Broncos joining Minnesota as the NFL's only undefeated teams at 6-0. The Broncos have a record of 6-2 after bye weeks.

The contest is the Jaguars' second of a three-game road swing. The Jaguars do not return home again until November 8. They will be in Baltimore next week. After starting the season with five straight victories for the first time ever, the Jaguars lost for the first time since losing to Denver in the 1997 playoffs, and it was their first regular-season loss since December 7, 1997 vs. New England, snapping a streak of seven consecutive wins. The Jaguars still lead the AFC Central by one game over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The game is Jacksonville's sixth of eight straight against AFC teams. The Jaguars have won 17 of their last 21 regular-season games against AFC foes dating back to late 1996.

The Jaguars and Broncos are tied with the 49ers with the second-best record in the NFL over the last 27 regular-season games dating back to November 24, 1996, when Jacksonville began its late-season streak to the playoffs. The 21-6 record of the Jaguars, Broncos and 49ers in that time trails only Green Bay (22-5) by a game. The Jaguars also have the third-best road record since late in the 1996 season (tied with Minnesota), with an 8-5 mark in that time, trailing only Green Bay and San Francisco (9-4).

While the two teams are perhaps best noted for their quarterbacks - Jacksonville's Mark Brunell and Denver's John Elway - they are also the NFL's top two rushing teams. The Broncos, led by Terrell Davis, average 177.2 rushing yards per game, and the Jaguars are No. 2, with an average of 154.5 yards a game.

TELEVISION BROADCAST: The game will be televised to most of the country by CBS and locally by WJXT Channel 4. Greg Gumbel will call the play-by-play and Phil Simms will add analysis. Armen Keteyian is the sideline reporter.

RADIO BROADCAST: All of the Jaguars' games are broadcast on WOKV (690 AM), WBWL (600 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network. Brian Sexton calls the play-by-play and former NFL quarterback Matt Robinson adds analysis. Sexton and Robinson are in their fourth season together. Robinson, Jennifer Kumik, Vic Ketchman, and Cole Pepper handle the pre-game show, and Pepper and ex-Oakland Raider Pete Banaszak do the post-game show. A total of 21 affiliates in four states on the Jaguars Radio Network will also broadcast the game.

THE OPPONENT: The Broncos were original members of the American Football League, starting play in 1960. They took 14 years to have a winning season, but they have since played in five Super Bowls, with one world championship. They went to their first Super Bowl in the 1977 season, and then three more times after the 1986, '87 and '89 seasons, all losses. The Broncos were out of the playoffs in 1994 and '95 before finishing 13-3 in 1996. Last year they went 12-4, finishing second in the AFC West. But they defeated Jacksonville, Kansas City and Pittsburgh in the playoffs and then Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII for their first Super Bowl title. The Broncos are quarterbacked by John Elway, who is in his 16th season with career totals of 49,450 passing yards and 284 touchdowns.

THE SERIES: The Jaguars and Broncos have played once in the regular season and twice in the postseason. The Broncos defeated the Jaguars 31-23 on December 3, 1995 in Denver in the only regular-season matchup prior to this week's game. The Jaguars beat the Broncos 30-27 on January 4, 1997 in the Divisional Playoffs, and the Broncos returned the favor 42-17 last December 27 in the Wild-Card Playoffs.

THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars were defeated by the Denver Broncos 42-17 in the AFC Wild-Card playoff game at Mile High Stadium on December 27, 1997. The Broncos gained 511 total yards and rushed for 310 yards in handing the Jaguars their biggest margin of defeat since a 28-3 loss at Pittsburgh 13 months earlier. The Jaguars fell behind 21-0, then rallied for 17 points behind a touchdown run by Natrone Means, a field goal by Mike Hollis and a touchdown off a blocked punt by Travis Davis. That made the score 21-17, and the Jaguars drove to Denver's 16-yard line. But a fumbled snap was recovered by Denver, and the Broncos went on to score 21 points in the fourth quarter.

A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE BRONCOS WOULD: Give them a 6-1 record for the second consecutive season. It would also be their 22nd victory in their last 28 regular-season games dating back to 1996, and their third victory in four road games this season.

INJURY UPDATE: Injured in the Buffalo game were: RB Tavian Banks (sprained foot), DT Kelvin Pritchett (sprained ankle), RB Chris Howard (sprained ankle), and DT Seth Payne (shoulder). Missing the game with injuries were: RB Fred Taylor (shoulder), CB Dave Thomas (strained groin) and LB Bryan Schwartz (sprained knee). The status of all injured players will be updated during the week.

THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin has led the Jaguars to the playoffs each of the last two seasons, a first for an NFL expansion team. In 1997, the Jaguars finished 11-5 and lost the AFC Central Division championship on the fifth tiebreaker to Pittsburgh. The Jaguars were defeated by Denver in the Wild-Card playoffs. In their second season in 1996, the Jaguars advanced all the way to the AFC Championship game, finishing the regular season in second place in the division with a 9-7 record. In the playoffs, the Jaguars upset the Bills and Broncos on the road before losing at New England. In 1995, Coughlin's Jaguars finished with four victories in their inaugural season. He became head coach of the Jaguars on February 21, 1994 following three successful seasons as head coach at Boston College. Coughlin compiled a record of 21-13-1 from 1991 to '93 at Boston College, and had two appearances in bowl games and a ranking of 13th in the final AP poll of 1993. A veteran of 27 years of coaching, he was previously an NFL assistant coach with the New York Giants (wide receivers, 1988-90), Green Bay Packers (wide receivers and passing game coordinator 1986-87) and Philadelphia Eagles (wide receivers, 1984-85). He has a record of 29-25 during the regular season and 2-2 in the postseason.

In Mike Shanahan's third season as Denver's head coach in 1997, the Broncos defeated the defending champion Green Bay Packers 31-24 in Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos, who finished 12-4, became just the second wild-card team in NFL history and first AFC team since 1983 to win the Super Bowl. In 1996, the Broncos posted a club-record 13 victories and led the NFL in total offense for the first time in franchise history, while rewriting the club's record book. Shanahan returned to Denver after serving as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers (1992-94). The 49ers led the NFL in offense twice in his three years. In 1994, they scored 60 touchdowns and won Super Bowl XXIX. Shanahan began his pro coaching career as the Broncos' receivers coach (1984). He was elevated to offensive coordinator (1985-87), helping the Broncos reach back-to-back Super Bowls (XXI and XXII). Shanahan had an 8-12 record as the Los Angeles Raiders' head coach (1988-89), then returned to Denver during the 1989 season. He was quarterbacks coach in 1989 and '90. He has a record of 47-27 in the regular season (39-15 in Denver) and 3-1 in the playoffs.

COUGHLIN FOURTH IN DIVISION VICTORIES: Six weeks into the 1998 season, the Jaguars' Tom Coughlin is fourth among all current NFL coaches with a .654 winning percentage (17-9) in division games. The leaders are Marty Schottenheimer (73-30, .709 with Cleveland and Kansas City), Bill Cowher (32-13, .711 with Pittsburgh) and Mike Holmgren (35-17, .673 with Green Bay). Mike Ditka is fifth (61-34, .642 with Chicago and New Orleans).

JACKSONVILLE-DENVER CONNECTIONS: Two Jaguars have ties to the Broncos: RB Chris Howard was a Broncos fifth-round draft choice in 1998. In four preseason games with Denver, he ran for 93 yards on 28 carries and caught three passes for 23 yards. Howard was waived from the Broncos' practice squad on September 22 and signed by the Jaguars the next day … Jaguars outside linebackers coach Lucious Selmon worked the 1989 and '90 training camps with Denver while he was an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma … Three Jaguars have ties to the state of Colorado: OT Tony Boselli (born in Boulder) and S Chris Hudson and CB Deon Figures (University of Colorado) … Six Broncos have ties to the state of Florida: TE Dwayne Carswell (born in Jacksonville; attended University Christian High School), PK Jason Elam (born in Fort Walton Beach), QB Brian Griese (born in Miami), C K.C. Jones (University of Miami), DB Tito Paul (born in Kissimmee) and DT Trevor Price (grew up in Casselberry) … Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan worked in 1976 at the University of Oklahoma with Selmon and from 1980 to '83 as the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida … Broncos strength and conditioning coach Rich Tuten worked at the University of Florida from 1980 to '88 and 1993 to '94 …Broncos wide receivers coach Mike Heimerdinger coached at the University of Florida in 1980 and from 1983 to '87 … Broncos assistant strength and conditioning coach Greg Saporta graduated from the University of Florida in 1985 and worked as a strength coach there from 1985 to '88 and 1992 to '95 ... Jaguars linebackers coach Steve Szabo was an assistant coach at Colorado State in 1989 and '90 … Jaguars QB Mark Brunell played at the University of Washington with Broncos DE Harald Hasselbach in 1989 … Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin, TE Pete Mitchell and LB Tom McManus were at Boston College with Broncos C Tom Nalen … Jaguars DE Tony Brackens and Broncos G/C Dan Neil played together at the University of Texas … Jaguars G/OT Ben Coleman was a teammate of Broncos DB George Coghill at Wake Forest … Jaguars DT Kelvin Pritchett played with Broncos WR Willie Green at the University of Mississippi, and Pritchett and Green played for the Detroit Lions in 1993 with Broncos CB Ray Crockett … Jaguars RB Chris Howard and Broncos QB Brian Griese played on the University of Michigan's national championship team last year … Jaguars CB Deon Figures was a teammate of Broncos P Tom Rouen at the University of Colorado in 1989 and '90, and Jaguars S Chris Hudson played with Broncos OT Matt Lepsis at the University of Colorado in 1993 and '94… Jaguars TE Pete Mitchell and Broncos NT Mike Lodish attended Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Mich. … Jaguars LB Brant Boyer and G Jeff Novak played with Broncos S Tyrone Braxton with the Miami Dolphins in 1994 … Jaguars OT Leon Searcy played in Pittsburgh with Broncos QB Bubby Brister in 1992. Brister and RB Vaughn Hebron played at Philadelphia in 1994 with Jaguars P Bryan Barker. Barker played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1990 to '93 with Broncos DE Neil Smith.… Jaguars WR Keenan McCardell played for the Cleveland Browns with Broncos OT Tony Jones.

JAGUARS VS. BRONCOS: (stats include three games: 1995 regular season and playoff games in 1996 and '97) Jaguars QB Mark Brunell was inactive for the 1995 game, but in the two playoff contests, he completed 36 of 61 passes for 448 yards, two TDs and one interception. In three games, John Elway was 63 of 96 for 735 yards and seven TDs and one interception. Jimmy Smith has been Jacksonville's top receiver, with 11 catches for 165 yards and two TDs, as well as a TD on a kickoff return and a TD on a blocked punt. In the two playoff games, Keenan McCardell has 11 receptions for 114 yards and one TD. Pete Mitchell played in all three games, with four catches for 34 yards. Denver's Ed McCaffrey has 10 receptions for 135 yards (1 TD), Rod Smith has four catches for 114 yards (1 TD), and Shannon Sharpe has six catches for 72 yards (2 TDs). In the three games, Terrell Davis has rushed 66 times for 359 yards and three touchdowns. Derek Loville also rushed for 103 yards in last year's playoff contest. Neither placekicker has missed an attempt, with Jacksonville's Mike Hollis 5 of 5 on field goals and 7 of 7 on extra points, and Denver's Jason Elam 1 of 1 on field goals and 11 of 11 on extra points.

DAILY SCHEDULE: Interview times and practice for the next week are as follows:

NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will complete their three-game road swing with a trip to Baltimore to face the Ravens at their new stadium in Camden Yards. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. on November 1. The Ravens are 2-4 so far this season, including a 24-10 loss in Jacksonville on September 20. The Ravens have never beaten the Jaguars, going 0-5 since moving to Baltimore in 1996. They also lost two games as the Cleveland Browns in 1995.

LAST WEEK: The Jaguars lost for the first time in 1998 when Buffalo's Doug Flutie ran one yard for a touchdown with 13 seconds remaining to give the Bills a 17-16 victory. The Jaguars led the entire game until Flutie led the Bills 70 yards in 1:37 on the winning drive. In his first NFL start, Tavian Banks scored Jacksonville's only touchdown on the first drive of the game, and Mike Hollis added three field goals, as the Jaguars failed to score touchdowns in their final three trips inside the red zone.

NOTES FROM THE BILLS GAME: The loss was the Jaguars' first in their last five road regular-season games … Jacksonville had only three drives of more than 20-yards, while the Bills had seven of them. Those three drives accounted for 43 plays, while the Jaguars had only 25 plays and 30 yards in the other seven drives … The Jaguars' 16 points and 238 total yards were both the fewest in a game since September 28, 1997, a 24-12 loss at Washington in which the Jaguars gained just 202 yards. And the Jaguars' 104 net passing yards and 119 gross passing yards were both their fewest since September 3, 1995, the team's inaugural game (45 net yards and 69 gross yards). … The Jaguars scored only one touchdown, their fewest in a game since the 1997 game at Washington (no touchdowns). … The Jaguars did rush for 134 yards, their fewest this season, though starting RB Tavian Banks was lost for the game in the second quarter with a foot injury and Chris Howard was slowed by a sprained ankle. Howard had his first NFL carries (7 for 16 yards), and FB Daimon Shelton had his first carries of the season (13 for 44). Shelton and QB Mark Brunell (6 for 44) tied for the team lead, marking the first time Brunell did that since November 10, 1996 vs. Baltimore. … The Bills were held to 110 yards rushing, and the Jaguars have now gone 18 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, tops in the NFL. … Jacksonville gained 238 total yards, its fewest of the season and fewest since last November 30 vs. Baltimore. Buffalo had 337 total yards. … The Jaguars controlled the clock for a season-high 34:02, thanks to a 10:27 drive on their first possession, marking the longest in franchise history (previous: 8:10 on 10/22/95 at Cleveland). That drive took 16 plays, tying the team's mark set twice previously. … Mike Hollis' three field goals and 10 points were his most since last November 30, when he hit five field goals and scored 17 points vs. Baltimore … The attendance of 77,635 marked the biggest crowd ever for a Jaguars game, breaking the previous mark of 74,421 on September 28, 1997 at Washington. … The Jaguars converted 7 of their 16 third-down attempts (44 percent), while the Bills were 8 of 15 (53 percent). … Mark Brunell completed 16 of 28 passes and was not intercepted. … Keenan McCardell led the team with six catches (for 39 yards), and Jimmy Smith had five receptions for a team-high 42 yards. … Joel Smeenge had the team's only sack, giving him 3.5 and the team 11 for the year. … Tony Brackens extended his team record with his sixth career fumble recovery after Tom McManus forced the fumble. … Bryan Barker punted five times for a season-high 52.4-yard average, with two touchbacks and a 65-yarder, his longest since 1994. … LB Kevin Hardy led the team with 11 tackles (2 solo), and S Donovin Darius had 9 tackles (4 solo). … The Jaguars had no turnovers and one takeaway, making them plus-three for the season. … The only player who dressed but did not play was QB Jamie Martin … Friday's inactives were: RB Fred Taylor, LB Bryan Schwartz, C John Wade and DE Lamanzer Williams; Sunday's inactives were: QB Jonathan Quinn (third QB), CB Dave Thomas, G/OT Jeff Novak and DE Eric Curry … Jaguars captains were OT Tony Boselli, WR Keenan McCardell and LBs Kevin Hardy and Bryce Paup.

FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE BILLS GAME: (on not scoring touchdowns inside the red zone) "When you have the opportunities, you have to score touchdowns. That is the name of the game. You play to that close margin, and then that close margin comes down to the end like that, you give someone a chance to become a hero. That should not have happened. We should have had more points. It should not have come down to that. Give credit where credit is due, but we should have not been in a position to lose the football game like that. We did not put enough points on the board; we ended up with field goals instead of touchdowns. They scored 17 points - that is what our defense shoots for as a goal. We should win that football game. It was a bad way to lose."
(what was the defense looking for on the final play) "Naked (run). Everybody in the ballpark knew it would be a naked (bootleg). Ridiculous."
(was he worried about keeping Flutie in the game?) "That thought wasn't on my mind. We played really good defense. They were struggling, but they made some plays at the end. We were struggling too. Give them credit, they did what they had to do, and we didn't."

FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: (on offensive struggles) "In the red zone, you have to score touchdowns - field goals are not going to do it, especially when you are playing against a good defense. We just did not put enough points on the board. The defense played well enough for us to win, but the offense didn't."
(on Tavian Banks getting hurt) "It hurt us a little bit, but we had guys come in and run the ball hard. The guys going down at the running back position was not the reason we lost this game."
(on the Bills' defensive pressure) "That is their defense. You have to give them a lot of credit. They played very tough. They are a good defensive football team, and they out executed us. They don't show a lot of coverages or fronts. They just try to beat you with talent, and today they did that."

FROM TE PETE MITCHELL: "We didn't play very well offensively. Defensively, we played pretty well, but I think as a total team effort, we didn't play like we could. We still should have won the game. It was one of those games that a team like us should win. It is just frustrating."
(on the trouble in the red zone) "We are too good of a team, too good of an offense, to settle for a field goal down there. It is something we have to work on. We have to change, or else we won't be that successful."

FROM MLB TOM McMANUS: "They made plays in the end and we didn't. They squeaked one out. They shouldn't have. It should not have been close, but that is the way it goes."
(on being a tough loss to get over) "I think it will make everyone mad. I hope it does. We should be angrier than ever going into Denver. We know we let this one slip by us. We have to get it together. We have to go out to Denver and be ready. They are a good team, and we will be ready for them. We will be all right."

MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is DE Tony Brackens, who had seven tackles (four solo), one fumble recovery, three passes batted down and four QB pressures.

THE TEAL IS REAL . . . Since November 24, 1996, when the Jaguars began their run to the '96 playoffs, their record is tied for the second best in the NFL with Denver and San Francisco. The Jaguars have won 21 of their last 27 regular-season games. Here's a look at the league's best records since November 24, 1996:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs
       New England Patriots*

. . . WITH THE THIRD-BEST RECORD AT HOME . . . The Jaguars have gone 7-1 at ALLTEL Stadium each of the last two seasons and are 3-0 this year, which gives them a 17-2 record, which is the fourth-best mark at home in the last three seasons. The Jaguars have lost only one home game since the second week of the 1996 season and have won 18 of their last 20 home games dating back to December 24, 1995, in their inaugural season. Here are the best home records in the NFL since the start of the 1996 season:


. . . AND THIRD-BEST RECORD ON THE ROAD . . . The Jaguars are one of only nine NFL teams with a better than .500 record on the road dating back to November 24, 1996. The Jaguars' 8-5 record away from home during that time is tied for the third-best mark in the NFL. Here are the only teams in the league with a .500 or better record on the road since November 24, 1996:

  1. Carolina Panthers
       Kansas City Chiefs   Pittsburg Steelers

JAGUARS SUPERLATIVES: Through six games, the Jaguars have achieved the following milestones:


STINGY DEFENSE: Through the first six games of the season, the Jaguars have allowed only 11 touchdowns, an average of 1.83 per game, the best in team history. In 1996, Jaguars opponents scored 37 TDs, an average of 2.3 per game.

Compared to the rest of the NFL, only Miami (8 TDs allowed in six games), Pittsburgh (9), New England (9 in five games heading into Monday night), and Seattle (10) have allowed fewer than 11 TDs this year.

The Jaguars have allowed 109 points in six games, an average of 18.2 per game, which is at a record pace for the team. Last season the Jaguars allowed 318 points, an average of 19.88 per game.

RUNNING TO WIN: The Jaguars are noted as a passing team, but this season they have the NFL's second-ranked rushing offense, which has led them to a 5-1 record despite losing their first three running backs to injuries so far.

In last week's loss at Buffalo, the Jaguars ran for 134 yards, their fewest of the season. As a team, the Jaguars have won their last 10 games in which they have rushed for 140 or more yards.

The Jaguars' average of 154.5 yards per game trails only Denver (177.2). But the Jaguars have had three different players start at running back so far this year. James Stewart rushed for 115 yards and 103 yards in the first two games, then was injured on the third offensive play of the third game. First-round pick Fred Taylor took over and ran 52 yards for a touchdown on his first play and gained 128, 116 and 89 yards the next three games before he suffered a shoulder injury, causing him to miss most of the the second half of the fifth game and all of last week's contest. Rookie Tavian Banks, a fourth-round draft pick, started the sixth game at Buffalo and gained 30 yards on eight carries, but suffered a foot injury on the first series and didn't return. Running the ball for Jacksonville in the second half at Buffalo were FB Daimon Shelton, who had not carried the ball all season, and rookie Chris Howard, who got his first NFL carries. Shelton had 13 carries for 44 yards, the most ever by a Jaguars fullback in one game.

JAGUARS KICK RETURN TEAMS ARE REALLY SPECIAL: Since the midway point of the 1997 season, Reggie Barlow has been on a tear on both punt and kickoff returns. Here's a look at his numbers in the last 14 regular-season games:

5 victories in 6 games Tying last year's mark (when the team started off 5-1)
Have allowed 11 TDs in 6 games Previous best was allowing the 11th TD in the fifth game (1997)
Have scored 140 points in 6 games Average 23.3 points a game, just below last year's average of 24.6
Average 154.5 rushing yards per game The team record is 107.5 in 1997
Have rushed for 927 yards in 6 games Previously reached 927 yards fastest in eighth game of 1995
Have a 100-yard rusher in 4 games Have never had more than 2 in a season (and 3 total in 3 seasons before '98)

Currently, Barlow is tied for second in the AFC in punt returns. In addition, in last year's AFC playoffs, he also returned three kickoffs for 118 yards, with a 52-yarder. Rookie Tavian Banks returned a kickoff 65 yards in Week 2 against Kansas City and has a 26.6-yard average on five kickoff returns.

TWO TERRIFIC TANDEMS: Jaguars wide receivers Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith have each had consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, and they seek to join Minnesota's Cris Carter and Jake Reed as the only duos in NFL history to reach the milestone for three straight seasons. Carter and Reed have each compiled 1,000-yard receiving seasons for four consecutive years, and they can extend their record to five in 1998. Following is a chart comparing the receiving yards of the two terrific tandems:

Punt returns 37 563 15.2 85t 1
Kickoff returns 16 399 24.9 92t 1

THE FIRST FOUR SEASONS: Of the 10 expansion teams in NFL history, the Jaguars have the most victories through four seasons. The Jaguars have 28 victories in three-plus seasons, compared to 26 for Carolina and 25 for Seattle (in its four full seasons).

THE COMEBACK CAT: Since the Jaguars' inaugural season of 1995, QB Mark Brunell has led the Jaguars to 10 come-from-behind victories in the fourth quarter. Here's a recap:

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Date Opponent Score What Happened
Sept. 6, 1998 at Chicago 24-23 Down 23-17 with 4:08 to play, Brunell drove the Jaguars 87 yards in 12 plays, throwing a four-yard TD pass to Jimmy Smith for the winning score.
Sept. 22, 1997 vs. Pittsburgh 30-21 Down 21-20 with 10:28 remaining in the game, Brunell drove the Jaguars 72 yards in 13 plays, culminating in a 27-yard field goal from Mike Hollis with 4:14 left that gave Jacksonville the lead. Pittsburgh then drove downfield and attempted a winning field goal, which was blocked and returned for a touchdown.
Dec. 28, 1996 at Buffalo 30-27 Tied 20-20 heading into the quarter, Brunell threw a pass that was (Wild-Card) tipped, then intercepted and returned for a touchdown. He then led the Jaguars to 10 unanswered points, including a 2-yard TD pass to Jimmy Smith on third down, for the team's first-ever playoff victory.
Dec. 15, 1996 vs. Seattle 20-13 Down 13-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Jaguars scored 13 unanswered points to win 20-13. First, Brunell threw a 39-yard TD pass to Jimmy Smith, then Mike Hollis kicked field goals of 19 and 39 yards.
Nov. 24, 1996 at Baltimore 28-25 (OT) Down 25-10 entering the fourth quarter. Scored two touchdowns on Brunell TD passes to Pete Mitchell and Willie Jackson and a two-point conversion on a Brunell run. Brunell led Jacksonville 48 yards on 9 plays to set up Mike Hollis' game-winning 34-yard field goal.
Nov. 10, 1996 Baltimore 30-27 Down 27-16 with 6:23 to play. Scored on last two possessions, an 8-yard pass from Brunell to James Stewart and a 1-yard run by Brunell (with Brunell throwing a pass to Keenan McCardell for a two-point conversion).
Dec. 24, 1995 Cleveland 24-21 Down 14-13, Brunell ran 27 yards for a TD and threw a pass for a two-point conversion for a 21-14 lead. Cleveland tied the game 21-21 with 1:13 to play, then Brunell led the Jaguars 63 yards in 5 plays for a 34-yard field goal by Mike Hollis for the game-winner.
Oct. 1, 1995 at Houston 17-16 Down 16-10 with 2:27 remaining, Jeff Lageman forced a fumble. Brunell, in a relief role, drove the Jaguars 45 yards in five plays, leading to a 15-yard TD pass to Desmond Howard and the extra point by Mike Hollis. It was the franchise's first-ever victory.