Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Facing Patriots in AFC Championship Game Not a First-Time Experience

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Facing Patriots in AFC Championship Game Not a First-Time Experience

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Byline: John Reid

The Jaguars are just a win away from making their first Super Bowl appearance, but the fivetime champion New England Patriots are standing in the way.

The Jaguars will get their shot in Sunday's AFC Championship game to make history.

Twentyone years ago, the Jaguars had the same opportunity.

Like now, they were a win away from reaching the Super Bowl in just their second year of existence.

Like now, they faced the Patriots in the AFC Championship game on the road.

But back then it didn't go like they hoped that day.

In all, the Jaguars have played the Patriots four times in the playoffs.

Jacksonville's lone victory came during the 199899 season when they beat Patriots 2510 in the AFC Wild Card game in Jacksonville.

Now let's take a trip back, when Tom Coughlin was coaching, when Fred Taylor was breaking long runs and the Jaguars were the talk of the town, just like they are now.


Date: January 12, 1997

Playoff round: AFC Championship game.

Location: Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.

Records: Jaguars 118; Patriots 135.

Key statistics: The Jaguars turned the ball over four times, three occurred on three of their final four possessions and included a fumble returned for a touchdown. Jacksonville had 18 first downs compared to New England's 13. The Jaguars' defense held the Patriots to 73 yards rushing. Quarterback Mark Brunell passed for 190 yards and was intercepted twice. The Jaguars were 5 of 14 on thirddown conversions; the Patriots 2 of 13.

About the game: In just their second season of existence, the Jaguars could not overcome mistakes despite their defense giving up only one offensive touchdown. New England's Adam Vinatieri made field goals of 29 and 20 yards and Patriots defensive back Otis Smith recovered a James Stewart fumble and returned it 47 yards for the gameclinching touchdown late in the fourth quarter. It was the only points scored by the Patriots after halftime. The Jaguars' only points in the game came on a pair of field goals by Mike Hollis from 28 and 32 yards. The Patriots eventually lost to Green Bay 3521 in Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans.


Date: January 3, 1999.

Playoff round: AFC Wild Card game.

Records: Jaguars 125; Patriots 98.

Location: Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville.

Key statistics: Running back Fred Taylor rushed for 162 yards on 33 carries, the secondmost in a postseason game in Jaguars' history and his 33 carries were the most. He also scored on a 13yard run in the second quarter. Jaguars' Mike Hollis made four field goals, which extended his streak of consecutive field goals in the postseason to 12 and broke his singlegame record.

About the game: Under Coughlin, the Jaguars hosted their firstever home playoff game with quarterback Mark Brunell returning as a starter after missing three games with a highankle sprain. …

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