First Place Jaguars?

The Jaguars, who appeared on the brink of collapse just two weeks ago, will now take a two-game winning streak into a critical game Monday night against the Tennessee Titans.



Rebounding from a pair of 25-point losses, the Jaguars rallied to beat the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills to move into a four-way tie for first place in the AFC South Division.

All four division teams, the Jaguars, Colts, Texans and Titans, are tied at 3-2.

The Jaguars, who haven't won a division title since 1999 when Tom Coughlin was coach, will at least hold onto a share of first place if they beat the Titans, an old nemesis.

Back in 1999, the Jaguars went 14-3 with all three losses to the Titans, including the AFC title game.

At first glance, the victory over the winless Bills wasn't that significant.

But they came back from a 10-point road deficit for the first time since 2005 when they did it at Cleveland and they avoided a classic trap game.

The game against the winless Bills was sandwiched between an emotional victory against the Colts and next Monday night's critical division game against the Titans.

And the Jaguars didn't exactly have a history of dealing well with the euphoria of a home victory over the Colts. They lost two a row in after doing it in 2003 and three consecutive games after last beating them at home in 2006.

"We talked about the fact that we had not followed up wins against Indianapolis with good results," coach Jack Del Rio said.

So when the Bills capitalized on Mike Thomas' fumbled punt and David Garrard's tipped interception, Garrard was thinking the same thing many of the fans were.

"It almost felt like, 'Here we go again.' It wasn't a great feeling. You don't want to start off down like that," Garrard said.

He added, "You've got to keep grinding. You've got to continue to play the game."

That's what the Jaguars did as they refused to panic.

"I thought we showed some grit hanging in there in an adverse situation and really took control of the game," Del Rio said.

And the two players, Thomas and Garrard, who were the victims of the early turnovers, rebounded to help lead the comeback. Thomas caught four passes for 51 yards and ran three reverses for 53 yards.

Garrard, who has had eight touchdown passes and one interception in their three victories, completed 16 of 20 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns. He had a 122.5 passer rating.


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