1. Natrone Means and Mark Brunell at Denver – January 4, 1997
Have the rules of this list been broken the rules? Sort of, but it’s the right thing to do when looking at all these performances. In all seriousness, this was the greatest victory in Jaguars’ history. The Denver Broncos were nearly two-touchdown favorites and this Jacksonville team went into the Mile High and matched quarterback John Elway, running back Terrell Davis, and tight end Shannon Sharpe punch for punch and won.
Means was the steadfast beast, running the ball 21 times for 140 yards and one touchdown as well as hauling in four receptions for 46 yards. He brought the physicality and ability to move the chains this team needed to control the game.
Furthermore, Brunell out-dueled the legendary Elway in his house in the playoffs. He finished 18-of-29 for 245 yards and two touchdowns and also ran the ball seven times for 44 yards. It surely helped to have wide receivers Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell to throw to. At the time, they both were relative unknowns and this game helped turn them into thunder and lightning. Throughout the night, Brunell dropped dimes to these guys and let them go to work.
The Jaguars stunned everyone in this 30-27 upset victory and Means and Brunell was the driving force in this game.