The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the NFL in 1995. They are part of the AFC South along with their rivals the Houston Texas, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans. Jacksonville Jaguars tickets are sold to EverBank Field located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida next to the St. Johns River. The stadium has room for 76,000 Jaguars ticket holders but 10,000 seats are blocked off for most home games. The Jaguars are the only major professional sports team in the city of Jacksonville.
The Jaguars entered the league with the Carolina Panthers. Unlike the NFL's previous expansion in 1976, the Jaguars and the Panthers had the luxury of free agency. Therefore, both teams were able to build competitive teams rather quickly. In their second year, the Jaguars reached the AFC Championship game where they were defeated by the New England Patriots, 20-6. Jacksonville reached the playoffs the next three seasons and returned to the AFC Championship game in 1999. That season the Jags lost just three times—all to the Titans. After five years of missing the playoffs, the Jags returned to the postseason in 2005 and again in 2007. The 2007 playoffs saw the Jags defeat the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers. That game turned in favor of the Jags after a 32-yard scamper by quarterback David Garrard late in the fourth quarter.
The Jaguars selected quarterback Steve Beuerlein with the first pick of the 1995 Expansion Draft. However, he was soon replaced as the team's signal caller by left-handed Mark Burnell. The team's first head coach was Tom Coughlin. Fans with Jaguars tickets saw the team finish 4-12 in their inaugural season. Stand out Jaguar players over the years include Tony Boselli, James Stewart, Marcus Stroud, Tony Brackens, John Henderson, and Maurice Jones-Drew.