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Last Jacksonville home playoff game? They retired Dan Marino

Jamil King

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Peter Brouillet-USA TODAY NETWORK

With Jaguars fans gearing up for their first home playoff game since that day, excitement is in the air once again in Duval County about the Jags.

With plenty of reason, the Jags have one of the best if not the best defense in the league this season. QB Blake Bortles is achieving a successful season and when healthy, rookie RB Leonard Fournette has been a workhorse for the offense.

Some of the success of this Jags team reminds us of the 1999 team that featured the likes of Mark Brunell, Jimmy Smith, and Fred Taylor. That ’99 is the last Jaguars division winner, as they took home the AFC Central.

January 14th, 2000 at then, “Alltel Stadium,” in Jacksonville. The day and the place of the last Jaguars home playoff game and the final game in the Hall of Fame career of Dan Marino.

No one who was there or watched on TV will ever forget, 62-7 Jaguars.

During this game, obviously, the Jags got on the Phins early and often.

Brunell hit Jimmy Smith for an 8-yard strike to start the scoring. On the very next play, Marino would be picked off starting what would be the begging of the end for the Phins and his career.
Fred Taylor would weave through a few tackles on his way to a 90-yard touchdown.

Marino would be strip-sacked later in the quarter Tony Brackens would pick it up and proceed to celebrate then realized the ball was live and scored. The Jags would end up putting 24 points up at the end of just one quarter.

Re-live that history making Jacksonville win here:

Brunell threw just nine passes before being replaced by Jay Fiedler. Fiedler himself threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Not often you see the backup come on in winning garbage time and put up numbers like that.

The Jags would go on to win and literally wash the Phins away as the sprinkler system activated in the end zone at one point.

Just two days away from the Jags first home game, since the monumental defeat of Miami. Can the Jags be able to replicate any of the magic from the historic game?

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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  1. David

    January 5, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Not true, AFP championship was in Jacksonville…

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