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26 days until kickoff: Hollis’ game winner vs. Bills in 1996

Mike Hollis kicksPhoto by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

This year marks the 25th season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. To celebrate, we’re counting down 100 days from our regular season kickoff with the top 100 moments in franchise history.

Yesterday it was Mr. 27 himself — Rashean Mathis.

Today? Mike Hollis banking the game-winning field goal off the upright to secure the first playoff win in franchise history.

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From the team’s inaugural season through their miracle run in 1996 and into the following three years of playoff success, Hollis was a Jacksonville staple and as clutch a kicker as there was in the NFL.

Hollis began his Jaguars career somewhat inconsistently. He was only 20-for-27 with a relatively lousy 74 percent on field goal kicks in 1995.

Following that season, however, Hollis would go on a five-year tear that would place him among the great kickers in NFL history.

In 1996, Hollis finished the regular season with an 83.3 percentage on field goal kicks, including 2-for-3 from kicks over 50 yards. His kicks were the deciding score in three of the Jaguars’ last five games that propelled them into the miracle postseason run, including an overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens and the season finale’ against the Atlanta Falcons that clinched the playoff spot for the Jaguars.

During that playoff run, Hollis was a vital participant. He made three kicks against the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card game, and went 3-for-3 the next week against the Denver Broncos, but it was his kick off the upright that put the Jaguars up late in the fourth quarter of the team’s first playoff game that shines brightest.

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