Jaguars: Will This Postseason Be Different?

This is the season when the Jaguars don't tend to be jolly. They blew a playoff chance in 2004 when they came back from a big road victory in Green Bay and then were blanked by Houston, 21-0. Last year, they were 8-5 after 13 games but lost their last three games and missed the playoffs. But this year, they didn't lose their focus after a big win in Pittsburgh.

They came back last Sunday and routed the Oakland Raiders, 49-11, to clinch a playoff spot.

So what's the difference this year?

"I think we were always getting ahead of ourselves (in the past)," defensive end Bobby McCray said. "Right now, the teams they say we're supposed to beat, we do our job and beat them."

Quarterback David Garrard said, "Guys are hungry. This is a different ball team. You know guys are very focused now and their minds are on winning, not on anything else. I think the coaches are doing a great job keeping us dialed in each week no matter who we're playing."

The Jaguars now don't have to worry about their last game in Houston Sunday because it's meaningless to them.

But in two weeks, they play their first playoff game.

For a team that hasn't won a playoff game since 1999 and lost to New England, 28-3, in 2005 in their last playoff appearance, that game -- at Pittsburgh or San Diego -- will show whether the Jaguars have actually changed.


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