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Jags suffered first loss in week seven of 1998


Week seven of the 2001 NFL season finds the Jaguars playing in Baltimore. Here's what happened in past year's week-seven games. They're ranked in the order of their prominence in Jaguars history. In 1999, the Jaguars had a bye week in week seven.

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, 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.

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.

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 was atop the AFC Central at 5-1.

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