5. QB Blake Bortles / Jaguars @ Titans Dec. 6, 2015
It was week 13 of the 2015 season and the Jaguars were fighting to stay alive in the race for the AFC Division Title. Coming off a heartbreaking home loss to the abysmal 2-7 Chargers, the Jags desperately needed a win against their long time division rival, the Titans. To retell the entire story of this game would be far too painful. Despite Blake’s heroic 5 Touchdown pass performance, the Jaguars were not able to overcome a myriad of mistakes including a missed extra point, a botched snap, and an 87 yard Marcus Mariota TD scamper late in the game. Bortles 5 touchdown passes, 0 interceptions and 302 passing yards made for by far the greatest performance by a Jaguars’ QB in team history, but the failures of those around him were just too much to overcome for the second year signal caller. If Bortles was able to pull out a victory in this one, his performance might be higher on the list.
4. RB James Stewart / Eagles @ Jaguars Oct. 12, 1997
The Jaguars were 4-1 heading into their matchup with the 2-3 Eagles. The Jaguars were coming off of their first playoff appearance in team history and were off to a red hot start in 1997. Surely, many Jaguars fans expected the team to win that day, but you would be hard pressed to find anyone who expected James Stewart to score 5 touchdowns and rush for 102 yards on the day. Stewart scored 3 of his touchdowns in the first quarter propelling the Jaguars to a 21-0 lead that would never be relinquished. In the second half Stewart scored twice more, one touchdown in each quarter. Stewart had a truly remarkable day, by far the most awe inspiring individual performance to that point in the Jaguars short existence. His 5 rushing TDs is tied for an NFL record that still stands today. Stewarts record breaking performance took place nearly 20 years ago and is long forgotten by many, but this was truly one the greatest performances in team history and needs be remembered as such in Jaguars lore.
1. RB Fred Taylor / Jaguars @ Steelers Nov. 19, 2000
The Jaguars were off to a disappointing 3-7 start to the 2000 season. They were headed to Pittsburgh and desperately searching for a spark, and boy did they find one. Fred Taylor had the most impressive rushing performance is Jaguars history. Freddy T rushed for a dominant 234 yards and found the end zone 4 times on the day. Taylor rushed the ball 30 times that day averaging over 7.8 yards per carry. He vaulted the Jaguars to a 34-24 victory over the Steelers, a victory that would propel the Jaguars on 4 game win streak to bring their record to .500 at 7-7. Unfortunately for the Jags they lost their final two match ups of the season and were eliminated from playoff contention. But not lost is the fact that the Jags had two of the most dominant individual performances of all time that season. Jimmy may have had a more historic day than did Taylor, but Taylor fueled the Jags to a victory that would send them on a four game winning streak. In terms of rushing yards Freddy T’s performance ranks in the top 25 in NFL history — combine that with his 4 TD explosion and you have yourself a legendary game.
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