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1996 Jacksonville Jaguars season

1996 Jacksonville Jaguars season
Head coach Tom Coughlin
Home field Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Bills) 30–27
Won Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 30–27
Lost Conference Championship (Patriots) 20–6
Previous season      Next season
< 1995      1997 >

The 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the team's second year in the National Football League, and saw the Jaguars trying to improve on their 4-12 record from their inaugural season. The Jaguars marked success as they won six of their last seven games of the season and finished with a record of 9–7. The credit for this midseason turnaround probably lies in the demotion of wide receiver Andre Rison in favor of Jimmy Smith after a game against the St. Louis Rams in which Brunell threw 5 interceptions. The interceptions were blamed on Rison and he was benched. In the team's final game of the regular season against the Atlanta Falcons, needing a win to earn a playoff berth, the Jaguars caught a bit of luck when Morten Andersen missed a 30-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining that would have given the Falcons the lead.[7] The Jaguars clinched the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs.

The Jaguars achieved their first ever franchise playoff game victory, in a stunning upset on the road against the Buffalo Bills. Their next game was on the road against the Denver Broncos, who had dominated the AFC with a 13–3 record (and earned the top AFC seed). The upstart Jaguars were not intimidated by the Broncos or their fans and their good fortune continued, as they largely dominated from the second quarter on. A late touchdown pass from Mark Brunell to Jimmy Smith gave the Jags a 30–20 lead. They held on to win in a huge upset, 30–27, in a game that many people still consider the franchise's finest hour. Upon their return home, the Jags were greeted by an estimated 40,000 fans at the stadium. Many of these fans had watched the game on the stadium JumboTron displays and had stayed into the early hours of the morning when the team arrived. In the AFC Championship Game, the Jaguars acquitted themselves very well, playing a tight and close defensive game in a hostile environment for over three quarters before finally losing 20–6 to the New England Patriots on the road.




Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 1, 1996 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–9 NBC 1:00pm
2 September 8, 1996 Houston Oilers L 34–27 NBC 1:00pm
3 September 15, 1996 at Oakland Raiders L 17–3 NBC 4:00pm
4 September 22, 1996 at New England Patriots L 28–25 (OT) NBC 4:00pm
5 September 29, 1996 Carolina Panthers W 24–14 FOX 1:00pm
6 October 6, 1996 at New Orleans Saints L 17–13 NBC 1:00pm
7 October 13, 1996 New York Jets W 21–17 NBC 1:00pm
8 October 20, 1996 at St. Louis Rams L 17–14 NBC 1:00pm
9 October 27, 1996 at Cincinnati Bengals L 28–21 NBC 1:00pm
10 Bye
11 November 10, 1996 Baltimore Ravens W 30–27 NBC 4:00pm
12 November 17, 1996 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 28–3 NBC 1:00pm
13 November 24, 1996 at Baltimore Ravens W 28–25 (OT) NBC 4:00pm
14 December 1, 1996 Cincinnati Bengals W 30–27 NBC 1:00pm
15 December 8, 1996 at Houston Oilers W 23–17 NBC 1:00pm
16 December 15, 1996 Seattle Seahawks W 20–13 ESPN 8:00pm
17 December 22, 1996 Atlanta Falcons W 19–17 FOX 1:00pm


AFC Central
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 6 0 .625 344 257
Jacksonville Jaguars 9 7 0 .563 325 335
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 372 369
Houston Oilers 8 8 0 .500 345 319
Baltimore Ravens 4 12 0 .250 371 441


Round Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wild-Card December 28, 1996 at Buffalo Bills W 30–27
Divisional January 4, 1997 at Denver Broncos W 30–27
AFC Championship January 12, 1997 at New England Patriots L 20–6

Awards and records

  • Mark Brunell, Franchise Record, Most Passing Yards in One Game, 432 yards (Sept 22, 1996) [1]
  • Mark Brunell, Franchise Record, Most Passing Yards in One Season, 4,367 Yards [1]
  • Mark Brunell, Led NFL Passing Yards, 4,367 Yards [2]
  • Mark Brunell, Pro Bowl MVP Award [3]
  • Mike Hollis, Franchise Record, Most Field Goals in One Game, 5 Field Goals (December 1, 1996) [1]
  • Keenan McCardell, Franchise Record, Most Receptions in One Game, 16 receptions (Oct 20, 1996) [1]


  • Keenan McCardell, 1,000 yard receiving season (1,129 yards) [4]
  • Jimmy Smith, 1,000 yard receiving season (1,244 yards) [4]


  • Jaguars on Pro Football Reference
  • Jaguars Schedule on

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