Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kicking a Bad Habit Jags End Road Streak on Hollis' OT Boot

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kicking a Bad Habit Jags End Road Streak on Hollis' OT Boot

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BALTIMORE -- In a season full of bizarre happenings -- usually

going against them -- the Jaguars were finally able to reverse

the trend.

And by having the breaks go with them late in a game, the

Jaguars were able to rally to beat the Baltimore Ravens 28-25 in

overtime yesterday in front of a crowd of 57,384 at Memorial


When Mike Hollis banged home a 34-yard field goal with 5:54 to

play in overtime, the Jaguars were able to take home their

weirdest victory of the season to up their record to 5-7.

In the process, they were able to exorcise their road demons,

winning for the first time on the road this season and breaking

a 10-game road losing streak.

They have now beaten the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens all

four times the two teams have met.

"We've had weird games all year go the other way," said safety

Dana Hall. "This one went our way."

Now here's the really weird part: The Jaguars still believe

the playoffs are a possibility.

"We have four games left," said defensive end Clyde Simmons.

"We can finish 9-7. That could get us in. Anything is possible."

For most of yesterday's game, it appeared the Jaguars' season

was dead. They trailed from the outset -- falling behind 7-0 in

the first quarter when Mike Caldwell returned a Mark Brunell

interception 45 yards just 2:30 into the game.

It could have been worse, too. Safety Chris Hudson's fumbled

punt was recovered by Baltimore at the Jaguars' 15. But the

officials ruled an inadvertent whistle went off, nullifying the


Even with that break, the Jaguars trailed 25-10 to open the

fourth quarter. But much like they did two weeks ago in beating

the Ravens 30-27 in Jacksonville -- a game in which they rallied

from 11 down with 6:23 to play -- the Jaguars were able to stage

a dramatic fourth-quarter rally.

Only this time, they got some help.

After Brunell hit Pete Mitchell with an 11-yard touchdown pass

to cut the lead to 25-17, the Jaguars got the biggest break of

the year so far.

After being stopped on downs with 2:49 remaining at the Ravens

30, the Jaguars appeared done. …

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