A lot has happened between Jaguars playoff appearances

Jaguars clinch first playoff berth since 2007 (1:15)

ESPN's Michael DiRocco says the Jaguars were a bit subdued after their 45-7 win over Houston helped them clinch their first playoff berth since 2007. (1:15)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars snapped the NFL’s fourth-longest playoff drought by beating the Houston Texans 45-7 on Sunday at EverBank Field.

The last time they played in the postseason was after the 2007 season, which was 10 years ago. A lot of things have happened since then -- so here’s a look back at some of the notable events that have taken place since the Jaguars’ last playoff game:


  • Fidel Castro retires as Cuba’s president.

  • The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Barack Obama becomes the first African American to be elected President of the United States.

  • "Iron Man," starring Robert Downey Jr. is released

  • Tiger Woods wins his 14th major by shooting 1-under par 283 at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course.


  • Michael Jackson died.

  • Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan after the plane was struck by a flock of Canada geese immediately after takeoff. All 155 people on board survived.


  • Obama signs the Affordable Care Act into law.

  • The Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster began in April. Eleven people were killed and an estimated 4.9 million barrels were discharged into the Gulf of Mexico. The broken well was eventually sealed in September.

  • Apple releases the first iPad.


  • Apple founder Steve Jobs died.

  • Jared Lee Loughner shot Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Arizona, during a meeting called “Congress on Your Corner.” Loughner also shot 18 other people that day and killed six, including a 9-year-old girl. Giffords survived.

  • Members of SEAL Team Six shot and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan during an early-morning raid.

  • Warner Bros. studio fires Charlie Sheen from the hit television show "Two and a Half Men" because of erratic behavior, admitted cocaine use, and making derogatory public comments about the show.


  • "The Avengers" is released.

  • Whitney Houston dies.

  • The Curiosity Rover lands on Mars.

  • The Mayan Calendar ends ... but the world does not.

  • Gunman James Eagan Holmes opens fire inside a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screen of "The Dark Knight Rises." Twelve people were killed and 70 others injured.


  • Lance Armstrong goes on Oprah and admits to using performance-enhancing drugs during his record seven consecutive Tour de France titles.

  • Two homemade bombs are detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people are killed and hundreds wounded. Brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were eventually captured, though Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot several times and run over by his brother during a gun battle in nearby Watertown. Dzhokar Tsarnaev was eventually captured and sentenced to death.

  • Miley Cyrus twerks at MTV’s Video Music Awards.


  • The Apple Watch debuts.

  • Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappears en route from Kuala Lampur to Beijing, China.

  • Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie at the Oscars becomes the most retweeted Tweet of all time (3.415 million times).


  • "The Force Awakens" premiers and grosses $1 billion in 12 days.

  • "Fifty Shades of Grey" is released.

  • NASA announces that liquid water has been found on Mars.

  • Leonard Nimoy dies.


  • Swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 23rd career goal medal at the Rio Olympics. No other person has won more than nine gold medals in any sport.

  • The Chicago Cubs win the World Series for the first time since 1918.

  • Donald Trump wins the election to become the 45th President.

  • Notable deaths include David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Fidel Castro, George Michael and Carrie Fisher.

To further get a grasp of how long it has been between playoff berths, here are some things that predated the Jaguars’ last playoff game:

  • The iPhone (June 29, 2007)

  • The Nintendo Wii (Nov. 19, 2006)

  • YouTube (founded in 2005)

  • Facebook (founded in February 2004)

  • The Kindle (November 2007)