Win... And In

The Jaguars can end all the "what ifs" on Sunday. If they beat the Raiders, they'll be in the playoffs.

That's the scenario the Jaguars are looking at Sunday when they host the Oakland Raiders in their final regular-season home game of the season two days before Christmas.

A victory over the Raiders would clinch a wild-card playoff spot and the fifth seed in the playoffs for the Jaguars. They would then play at the fourth seed in their first-round playoff game.

Three teams -- San Diego, Pittsburgh and Cleveland -- could still wind up in that slot.

New England and Indianapolis have clinched the top two seeds and San Diego has clinched the AFC West title, but could be either the third or fourth seed.

If Pittsburgh, San Diego and the Jaguars all win their last two games, San Diego will jump to the third seed and the Jaguars will go back to Pittsburgh, where they just posted a 29-22 victory.

If the Steelers lose one of their last two to St. Louis or Baltimore and Cleveland wins its last two against Cincinnati and San Francisco and San Diego wins its last two, the Browns would win the AFC North title and the Jaguars would go to Cleveland.

If San Diego loses one of its last two to Denver or Oakland, the Chargers would likely fall to the fourth seed and the Jaguars would go there.

The Jaguars can still clinch a playoff spot even if they lose to Oakland by winning in Houston in the final regular-season game of the season. They also clinch Sunday if they tie or if Tennessee loses or ties or Cleveland loses.

The Jaguars could still miss the playoffs if they lose their last two and Tennessee wins its last two.

The Jaguars are shooting for a playoff berth for the second time in the last three years. They last made the playoffs in 2005, when they lost a first-round game at New England, 28-3. Their last playoff victory was the 62-7 rout of Miami in 1999.

If the Jaguars win their first-round playoff game and the other wild-card team loses, the Jaguars would go to New England for their second-round game.

If the Jaguars play either the Steelers or the Chargers in their first-round game, it'll be a rematch. The Jaguars beat both teams in the regular season. They haven't played in Cleveland since 2005.


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