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The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t have a Super Bowl title in their possession quite yet, but Blake Bortles still leads his black-, teal-, and gold-clad squad like a champ. Get your Jaguars tickets to see the team suit up against AFC South Division rivals like the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans at TIAA Bank Field. (Bonus: Cabana seats come with year-round access to TIAA’s heated swimming pools.) If you’re in the mood to jet set, snag some Jags tickets, head across the pond to Wembley Stadium, and root for the squad at their annual home game in London.
In 1995, the Jags entered the NFL as an expansion team along with the Carolina Panthers. As some of the youngest cats on the block, the Panthers and Jaguars enjoyed a heated sibling rivalry in their early days, and they never miss a chance to dig their claws into each other’s eyes. (Know why the Jaguar mascot’s tongue is teal? Because it feasts on blue Carolina Panthers.) Players like offensive lineman Tony Boselli played for the Jaguars in their inaugural season—a losing one—and then helped them achieve winning records through the late ‘90s. Wide receiver duo Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith, known through the league as the “Thunder and Lightning,” helped the Jags put points on the board and claw their way to the top of the division.
Beginning in 1996, the upstart Jaguars enjoyed a 4-year success streak. For the next 3 years, the Jags rose up in the NFL ranks, grappling with and defeating the likes of the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins, only to fall each postseason to opponents like the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets. Jacksonville’s semi-victorious streak ended with the Jaguars clinching the 1999 division championship title for the second year in a row but ultimately losing the AFC Championship to the Tennessee Titans.
Throughout the 2000s, the Jags struggled to regain momentum as they coped with injuries, lost players like McCardell to salary caps, and suffered a slew of losing records. In 2005 and 2007, the Men in Teal posted winning seasons and made postseason appearances before entering an even longer 10-year slump. Finally, in 2017 the Jags emerged from their dry spell with a 10-6 record and another division championship. Through both the exciting and the tough seasons, the Jacksonville fanbase has developed its own brand of quirky fandom and traditions, from devouring teal-colored hamburger buns, beer, and ice cream to chanting “Duuuvaaal” for Duval County when the Jags are on defense.
After a successful 2017 season and a playoff appearance that brought Jacksonville tantalizingly close to the Super Bowl, fans have high hopes for their Jags and head coach Doug Marrone, who was widely credited for leading the Jags to victory in 2017, his first full year as head coach. The Jaguars are gunning for another winning season—and postseason. With quarterback Blake Bortles leading the team and one of the best defenses in the NFL, thanks to players like Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell, and A.J. Bouye, the Jaguars’ road ahead is certain to be filled with rousing, hard-fought games against rivals like the Pittsburgh Steelers. And that teal-and-gold-paved road just might lead to Super Bowl glory, so don’t wait to get your Jacksonville Jaguar tickets. After the game is over, be sure to check out some of the best things to do in Jacksonville.Back to top