Jaguars Are More Than Just Spoilers

The Jaguars don't want to just play the role of spoiler Thursday night. They can end the Colts' bid for a perfect season and end their 22-game regular-season winning streak. But that's not what is on their mind as they prepare to meet the 13-0 Colts.

The Jaguars are fighting for their playoff survival.

They're 7-6 after a 14-10 loss to Miami but are still in control of their own destiny. If they win the final three games against the Colts, Patriots and Browns, they're in.

If they lose one of them, they'd have slightly better than a 50-50 chance to get in at 9-7, but they'd no longer be in control of their own destiny.

Quarterback David Garrard said, "I think it would just mean more to get the win and continue to give ourselves a chance for that dream of getting into the playoffs. Ending their streak is just part of it. That would be pretty cool, too, because everybody could talk about it, but really it would be getting this win (that's important) because we know this gives us an even greater chance of getting into the playoffs."

The Jaguars gave the Colts a tough game in Indianapolis in the opener, losing 14-12. And coach Jack Del Rio said he never expected the Colts to be 13-0 at this point.

Garrard said he doesn't even think it matters that Colts coach Jim Caldwell said he's going to play his starters even though the Colts have clinched the conference's top seed.

"I think it's really about us executing our plays so we can get a win against whoever they have on the field," he said.

This game also is important for the future of the franchise.

A civic group has led a drive to sell all the non-premium seats, so it'll be the first time the local TV blackout has been lifted this year.

And the city is sponsoring a $150,000 party before the game to celebrate the fact that Jacksonville has an NFL team.

The Jaguars hope they can cap the night with a victory that would keep their destiny in their own hands.

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