On This Date 1/4/1997

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The Jacksonville Jaguars reach the AFC Championship Game in their second season, stunning the Denver Broncos 30-27 in the Divisional Playoffs at Mile High Stadium. The Broncos had the best record in the AFC and were favorites to reach the Super Bowl. Woody Paige, a columnist, derided the team and the city of Jacksonville before the game, providing bulletin board material. After Denver jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter, the Jaguars scored the next 23 points as Natrone Means rushed for 140 yards. The Jaguars would lose to the New England Patriots 20-6 a week later, ending their Cinderella run.