Don't Let Them Beat You Twice

The challenge for the Jaguars is now to put the loss to the Indianapolis Colts behind them. In the wake of a 34-24 loss to the Colts, the Jaguars went from having a chance to clinch the AFC South Division title with two games remaining to needing help plus a sweep of their last two games if they are to back into a playoff spot.



"We'll dust ourselves up," coach Jack Del Rio said. "We'll get back in the ring and go after it. We're going to take our time these 24 hours (to get over the loss). It's going to sting a little bit as it should (but) we're going to come out ready to roll as the weekend approaches."

Del Rio even tried a little gallows humor by saying the loss made his Christmas shopping more difficult because a victory would have meant the only thing at stake in the final two games would have been playoff seeding.

"The big challenge is going to find a way to come up with a gift now. I was banking on being able to have it go a little differently in terms of finding time to get a gift," he said.

This is the fourth time in the last seven years the Jaguars have lost control of their playoff destiny late in the year. They were 8-6 in 2004 when a loss to Houston cost them a playoff spot. In 2006, they were 8-5 and lost their last three and last year, they were 7-5 and lost their last four.

The Jaguars, though, are still alive in the playoff hunt. The clearest scenario is if the Colts lose one of their last two in Oakland and at home against Tennessee and the Jaguars beat Washington at home and win their finale in Houston.

The Jaguars still think the season could have a positive ending.

"The sky is the limit for the future and the future is still here for the season," defensive end Jeremy Mincey said.

He envisions the Jaguars making a run if they get into the playoffs.

"If we get into those playoffs and we get hot again, I believe if we get the opportunity and we put it all together at the right time at the right moment, we can make the same run we had in the middle of the season," he said.


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